Using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, you create an environment with a prescriptive solution path configuration for the SDDC through an installation wizard or a configuration file.

Installation Methods

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides two installation methods for an environment creation:

  • Installation Wizard

  • JSON Configuration File

When creating a new environment using the installation wizard, you provide a target datacenter, an environment type, and an environment name. When creating a new environment using the configuration file, you provide a target datacenter, an environment type, an environment name, as well as a properly formatted product JSON configuration file.

Deployment Types

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides two options to create install vRealize Suite components:

  • Product Path – as the default option in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, you select the individual vRealize Suite products you would like to include in an SDDC. The product path allows you to perform a new greenfield installation or to import an existing brownfield installation of the vRealize Suite components. For a greenfield deployment, you select the product version and size to install for each component.

  • Solution Path – you use the solution path for a new greenfield installation of use case-based components in an SDDC. The solution path based deployment allows vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager to install and configure a specific set of vRealize Suite products suited for a VMware Validated Design use case. Within each solution path, you can view the specific products and product versions included in the selected use case.

The Solution Paths included in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager are:

  1. IT Automating IT – Enables automation and simplification of workload provisioning tasks of production-ready infrastructure and applications in the SDDC.

  2. Intelligent Operations – Enables proactive identification and remediation of performance, capacity, and configuration issues in the SDDC.

  3. Micro-segmentation – Enables distributed firewall and isolation policies to create better network security in the SDDC.