To deploy the vRealize Suite components by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, you configure a My VMware account, product binaries, Marketplace integration, data centers, environment structures, and product configuration drift.

Product Binaries

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides two methods to retrieve and store product binaries for installation and upgrade of the vRealize Suite components.

Table 1. Methods for Uploading Product Binaries to vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

Method for Retrieving Product Binaries

Description

My VMware

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager can integrate directly with My VMware to access vRealize Suite entitlements. Use this method to simplify, automate, and organize the repository.

You download OVA files for installation and upgrade directly to the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager appliance at the following locations:

  • /data/myvmware/product/version/install/ for installation

  • /data/myvmware/product/version/upgrade/ for upgrade

If you remove individual binaries that are downloaded from My VMware from the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager user interface, the solution removes the related files and metadata from the repository.

If you register a My VMware account with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, you can provide license keys directly from an entitlement account or input a license key in the installation wizard during an environment creation.

Manual Upload

You can download vRealize Suite product binaries for installation and upgrade directly from My VMware, and then upload them to the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager appliance. Use this method if your organization restricts external traffic from the management components of the Software-Defined Data Center.

You can upload the product binaries directly to the /data/upload/ folder of the appliance or to an NFS share. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager discovers the upload and adds it to the repository.

If you remove individual product binaries from the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager user interface, the solution removes the metadata from the repository but you must manually remove the file from the filesystem.

Table 2. Design Decisions on Downloading Product Binaries in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

ROBO-OPS-LCM-001

Use the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager repository in the SDDC hub to deploy and upgrade vRealize Suite components to each ROBO.

  • The version of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in this design supports only the use of a shared content repository for the deployment of components that include collectors and agents.

  • Transferring binaries from the SDDC hub to remote components orchestrated the upgrade of components, such as, vRealize Operations Manager remote collectors and vRealize Automation vSphere Proxy Agents.

  • Because you use the local repository of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, you transfer the product binaries across the WAN during product deployment and upgrade in each ROBO.

  • Perform deployment and upgrade during maintenance windows that avoid the impact on business operations.

Deployment Paths

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides two installation methods in the UI for an environment creation: using a product or solution path and using a JSON configuration file.

  • Installation Wizard

    • Product Path

    • Solution Path

  • Configuration File

Product Path

The default option in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. Add individual vRealize Suite products to the SDDC environment as a clean installation or by importing an existing installation of the product.

A new environment has the following attributes:

  • Target data center

  • Environment type

  • Environment name

When you add one or more products to an environment, you have the following deployment options:

  • For a clean installation:

    • Product version

    • Deployment type

    • Node size

  • Additional Configuration

Solution Path

Deploy a use case-based solution for the SDDC environment. When selecting a solution-based deployment, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager installs the vRealize Suite products and product versions suited for a VMware Validated Design use case. In each solution path, you can view the products and product versions included in the selected use case.

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager supports the following VMware Validated Design use cases:

  • IT Automating IT. Automation and simplification of workload provisioning tasks of production-ready infrastructure and applications in the SDDC.

  • Micro-Segmentation. Using distributed firewall and isolation policies for network security in the SDDC.

  • Intelligent Operations. Proactive identification and remediation of performance, capacity, and configuration issues in the SDDC.

Configuration File

Deploy a new environment or import an existing one by using a configuration file in JSON format.

An environment has the following attributes:

  • Target data center

  • Environment type

  • Environment name

When you add one or more products to an environment, you provide a product configuration JSON file.

In this design, you use the product path option in the installation wizard for pre-deployment validation and simplified product deployment.

Table 3. Design Decisions on Deployment Paths in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

ROBO-OPS-LCM-002

Create environments using the product-based deployment path in the installation wizard.

Provides a modular path to deploy the vRealize Suite based components in each ROBO:

  • Provides a modular path to deploy the vRealize Suite components in each ROBO.

  • Aligns deployment configurations and sizing.

  • Simplifies the preparation for deployment to a small set of configuration parameters.

  • Provides pre-deployment validations.

You must fill in the necessary configuration parameters in the UI during each installation operation.

Marketplace Integration

You can use vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager to add and manage content from VMware Marketplace. Once downloaded, you can direct the content deployment to your SDDC directly from vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

To use the integration with the VMware Marketplace, you must register the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager appliance with My VMware and the appliance must have Internet access.

You download the content packs from vRealize Log Insight Content Packs in VMware Validated Design to the Marketplace in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager for integration in each ROBO. For information about the supported content pack versions, see VMware Validated Design Release Notes.

Table 4. Design Decisions on Marketplace Integration in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

ROBO-OPS-LCM-003

Deploy the vRealize Log Insight content packs to each ROBO using the VMware Marketplace integration in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

Provides the ability to centrally deploy vRealize Log Insight content packs across the SDDC.

If My VMware and VMware Marketplace are inaccessible from the SDDC hub, you must manually download and install the content packs using the vRealize Log Insight administrative user interface. for each ROBO.

The VMware Marketplace integration and in-product Marketplace stores only the latest versions of the content packs. This validated design supports the latest versions of the packs that are available at the time this design is validated. When you deploy the validated design, a later version of a content pack might be available.

Environments and Data Centers

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager solution supports the deployment and upgrade of vRealize Suite products in a logical environment grouping.

These products are as follows:

  • vRealize Operations Manager

  • vRealize Log Insight

  • vRealize Automation (with embedded vRealize Orchestrator)

  • vRealize Business

Environments are deployed to a data center object in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. Each environment can contain only one instance of a vRealize Suite product. For example, only one vRealize Log Insight cluster can exist in an environment. However, you can use vRealize Lifecycle Manager to scale out this vRealize Log Insight cluster in the environment to the required number of nodes.

The data center object in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager represents a geographic location in the organization. Add the vCenter Server instances to each data center. Each vCenter Server instance is of one of the following types:

  • Management

  • Workload

  • Consolidated Management and Workload

In this design, you create data centers and environments in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager to manage the lifecycle of the vRealize Suite components and to support the organic growth of the SDDC using a few operations.

You create the following data center and environment objects:

Table 5. Data Center to vCenter Server Instance Mapping in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

Data Center

vCenter Server Instances

Cross-Region

  • Management vCenter Server in Region A

  • Management vCenter Server in Region B

  • Consolidated vCenter Server in ROBO A

Region A

  • Management vCenter Server in Region A

Region B

  • Management vCenter Server in Region B

ROBO A

  • Consolidated vCenter Server in ROBO A

Table 6. Configuration of Data Center-Environment Pairs in vRealize Lifecycle Manager

Data Center-Environment Pair

Description

Cross-Region

Supports the deployment of cross-region components like vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Automation and vRealize Business including collectors and proxy agents.

Region A

Supports the deployment of vRealize Log Insight in Region A. vRealize Log Insight has several instances across the SDDC, each instance specific to a region. You deploy each instance using a separate data center and environment.

Region B

Supports the deployment of vRealize Log Insight in Region B.

ROBO A

Supports the deployment of vRealize Log Insight in the ROBO.

Table 7. Environment Layout in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

Environment Name

Environment Type

Data Center

Product Components

Cross-Region

Production

Cross-Region

  • vRealize Operations Manager Analytics Cluster

  • vRealize Operations Manager Remote Collectors

  • vRealize Automation Appliances

  • vRealize Automation IaaS Managers

  • vRealize Automation IaaS Web Servers

  • vRealize Automation IaaS DEMs

  • vRealize Automation vSphere Proxy Agents

  • vRealize Business Server Appliances

  • vRealize Business Data Collectors

Region A

Production

Region A

vRealize Log Insight Cluster

Region B

Production

Region B

vRealize Log Insight Cluster

ROBO A

Production

ROBO A

vRealize Log Insight Cluster

Table 8. Design Decisions on the Environment Configuration in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

ROBO-OPS-LCM-004

Add the Consolidated vCenter Server instance for each ROBO to the cross-region data center object in the SDDC hub.

Supports deployment and management of the integrated vRealize Suite components across the SDDC as a group.

For each ROBO, you must modify the cross-region environment in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. The environment initially contains only the Management vCenter Server instances for the SDDC hub.

ROBO-OPS-LCM-005

  • Create a data center object in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager for each ROBO.

  • Add the Consolidated vCenter Server for the ROBO to the data center object.

Supports deployment and management of vRealize Suite components that are isolated in each ROBO.

You must manage a separate data center object for each ROBO.

ROBO-OPS-LCM-006

Deploy and manage SDDC remote collector and proxy agent components from a single vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager environment that includes the SDDC hub and each ROBO:

  • vRealize Operations Manager Remote Collectors

  • vRealize Automation vSphere Proxy Agents

  • vRealize Business for Cloud Data Collector Appliance

Reuses the available cross-region environment to deploy remote collectors and proxy agents in each ROBO by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

You must maintain remote collector and proxy agent components from a central vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager environment that covers the SDDC hub and each ROBO.

ROBO-OPS-LCM-007

Create an environment in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager to deploy and manage the standalone vRealize Suite products in each ROBO.

  • vRealize Log Insight Cluster

Supports the deployment of a management product instance in each region. Using vRealize Lifecycle Manager, you can deploy only one instance of a vRealize Suite product per environment. You use a separate environment for each region where you deploy a product instance.

You must maintain an environment for each ROBO to deploy and manage the standalone solutions that are specific to the ROBO.