As a Cloud Administrator, the first step is to purchase vRealize Cloud Universal services, and then you can activate your vRealize Cloud and vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager services.

You can activate vRealize Cloud Universal subscriptions for any of the following vRealize Suite cloud services.
  • vRealize Operations Cloud
  • vRealize Log Insight Cloud
  • vRealize Network Insight Cloud
  • vRealize Automation Cloud

vRealize Operations Cloud is the example in this topic. To activate the other vRealize Suite services, ensure that you repeat the same steps as the example. After you activate the vRealize Suite services, vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager is automatically activated in your organization.

Step 1: Redeem your vRealize Cloud Universal Order

  1. Once you purchase the vRealize Cloud Universal subscription, you will receive an email with the invitation link for each service you purchased.

  2. Click the link in your invitation email to log in to VMware Cloud services.

  3. In the VMware Cloud Services console, select the subscriptions linked to your account.

  4. Under Select and Create Organization, you can choose to select an existing organization or create a new organization.
    • To select an existing organization, enter the organization name in the search query. After you select the required organization, click Continue.
    • To select a new organization, click CREATE ORGANIZATION.

  5. Under Organization and Payment, enter the Organization Name, Address, and Mode of Payment.

    Click Continue.

    Click Continue to order vRealize Cloud Universal

  6. Click APPLY SUBSCRIPTIONS.

  7. You will be redirected to the home page of the vRealize Cloud services page. Select the region and click CONTINUE.

  8. Follow the instructions to start using vRealize Operations Cloud.
  9. After you complete the vRealize Operation Cloud instructions, you can see vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager automatically activated in your organization.

Step 2: Activate your vRealize Cloud Universal Licenses Using Cloud Proxy or vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

Prior to applying a vRealize Cloud Universal license, you can choose one of the following options.

  • You can perform a fresh Cloud Proxy installation to connect to your on-premise vRealize instances. To learn about the Cloud Proxy onboarding process, watch the video on vRealize Cloud Universal Simplified Onboarding.
  • You can install your existing vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager and apply the vRealize Cloud Universal licenses in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

Option 1: Install Cloud Proxy

  1. Use your VMware Cloud administrator credentials and log in to the VMware Cloud Services console.

  2. Select Services, and then click the vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager service tile.
  3. From the left menu, click License Management.
  4. Choose your preferred option, and then click APPLY LICENSE.

  5. Select your VMware Customer Connect credentials.

    If you want to add a new Customer Connect account, perform the following steps.

    • From the left menu, select Settings, and then select VMware Customer Connect.
    • Click ADD VMWARE CUSTOMER CONNECT.

    • Enter the username and password, and then click VALIDATE & SAVE.

    If you want to update an existing Customer Connect account, perform the following steps.
    • Select VMware Customer Connect, and then select the required account and click UPDATE.
    • Enter the username and password, and then click VALIDATE & SAVE.

    If you want to delete an existing Customer Connect account, ensure that the endpoint does not have any license associated with the Customer Connect account.

    Click Refresh to sync the vRealize Cloud Universal licenses from Customer Connect to vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager.

  6. Select the vRealize Cloud Universal license to activate your on-premise product and click NEXT.

  7. Select the Cloud Proxy and click Next.

    Note: Ensure that the status of the selected cloud proxy is active.

    If you want to add a Cloud Proxy, perform the following steps.

    • From the left menu, select Settings, and then click Cloud Proxy.

    • Select ADD PROXY and click New.

    • Import the .ova file to the vCenter Server and complete the installation.
    • Once the installation is complete, click DONE.

  8. Under Add Product, select the Product Type from the drop-down menu, and then select the Version.

  9. Enter the FQDN/IP Address.
  10. Based on the selected product, you can select the Admin Password or the Root Password.
  11. Select the check box to remove all the perpetual licenses from the selected product, if required.
  12. Click Validate & Add. When the validation is complete, click Next.
  13. You can validate the details and click Finish.

    The on-premise usage is synced automatically with vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager.

Option 2: Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Using Easy Installer

You can use one of our installers to install the required vRealize Suite products.

  • VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Easy Installer for vRealize Automation and VMware Identity Manager: This installer helps to install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, vRealize Automation, and VMware Identity Manager (also known as VMware Workspace ONE Access). The OVA bundle of this package contains the binaries of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, vRealize Automation, and VMware Identity Manager.
  • VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Easy Installer: This installer helps to install only vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. This package contains the OVA bundle of only vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.
Perform the following steps for vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager installation.
  1. Download the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Easy Installer executable file from the My VMware download page.
  2. Select the Easy Installer file.

  3. Click Install on the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Easy Installer window.

  4. Click Next after reading the introduction.

  5. Accept the End User License Agreement and click Next. Read the Customer Experience Improvement Program and select the checkbox to join the program.

  6. To specify vCenter Server details, enter these details on the Appliance Deployment Target tab.
    1. Enter the vCenter Server Hostname.
    2. Enter the HTTPs Port number.
    3. Enter the vCenter Server Username and Password.

  7. Click Next and you are prompted with a Certificate Warning, click Accept to proceed.
  8. You must specify a storage location to deploy virtual appliances.
    1. Expand the vCenter Server tree.
    2. Expand to any data center and map your deployment to a specific VM folder.

  9. Specify a resource cluster on the Select a Compute Resource tab. Expand the data center tree to an appropriate resource location and click Next.

  10. On the Select a Storage Location tab, select a datastore to store your deployment and click Next.

  11. On the Network Configuration and Password Configuration tabs, set up your Network and Password configuration by entering the required fields, and clicking Next.
    1. For a vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager VM, enter the NTP Server for the appliance and click Next.

      The network configurations provided for all products are a one-time entry for your configuration settings. The password provided is also common for all products and you need not enter the password again while you are installing the products.

      Password should have minimum one upper case, one lower case, one number and one special character. Special characters can be !@#$%^&*(), and colon(:) is not supported in the password.

  12. Set up vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager configuration settings.
    1. Enter a Virtual Machine Name, IP Address, and Hostname.
    2. Provide configuration information. Enter the Data Center Name, vCenter Name and Increase the Disk Space fields.
    3. Enable or disable the FIPS Mode Compliance, as required.
    4. Click Next.
    5. Verify the details in the Summary page and click Submit.

Step 3: Adding a License in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

You must create vRealize Cloud licenses at the locker level in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, and then connect these licenses to vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager to monitor your cloud data usage.

  1. If you do not have My VMware account, navigate to the Lifecycle Operations dashboard, and then click Settings.
  2. Click My VMware and add a vRealize Cloud account.

  3. Add My VMware account details and click VALIDATE.

  4. After your My VMware accounts are configured, the corresponding license keys are synced.
  5. From the Lifecycle Operations dashboard, click Locker.

  6. Select License. The vRealize Cloud licenses are created under My VMware account and are displayed in the Licenses table.
  7. Click RETRIEVE LICENSES to synchronize the available vRealize Cloud Universal license keys.

  8. To manually add licenses, click ADD MANUALLY LICENSES.
  9. Enter the License Alias and License Key, and then click VALIDATE.

Step 4: Activate vRealize Cloud Universal Subscription Licenses Using the Simplified Import Flow

You must activate your vRealize Cloud Universal subscription licenses to perform the available license actions.
  1. To activate a subscription license, navigate to the vRealize Cloud dashboard, and then click Cloud Universal.

  2. Click Activate Subscription License.

  3. Select the check box to confirm that the vRealize Suite products are on the required patches to proceed.
  4. Select the plus (+) sign to add the license key details, and then click Validate.

    Note: The license key must be a vRealize Cloud Subscription. When you add a new license, you can view the license key under Locker in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.
  5. After the license key is validated, click ADD. Click Next.

  6. Select the Product Type and the Version.
  7. Enter the FQDN/IP Address.
  8. Based on the selected product, you can select the Admin Password or Root Password.
  9. Select the check box to remove all the perpetual licenses from the selected product, if required.
  10. Click Validate & Add. When the validation is complete, click Next.

  11. In the Cloud Connection Details page, you have two options.
    • Automatically send subscription license consumption from your on-premises to VMware Cloud: This check box allows you to send subscriptions to vRealize Suite Subscription Manager. If you select this check box, enter the API Token details.
    • Use vRCU subscription licenses with perpetual licenses: If you select this check box, enter your Associated MyVMware Account details.
    • If you select both the check boxes, you must enter the Network Proxy details.
  12. Click Next.

  13. You can validate the details in the Summary page, and then click Finish.

    After your subscription license is activated, your on-premise usage is synced automatically.

Step 5: (Optional) Manually Upload vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager On-premise Usage to vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager

If you are unable to connect to the internet, VMware offers a manual upload for air gapped and dark site system. You can manually upload your on-premise usage data to vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager.
  1. Navigate to the vRealize Cloud dashboard, and then click Cloud Universal.
  2. Click LICENSE ACTIONS, and then select Usage Bundle Download.

  3. Select the License Key and Purpose, and then click DOWNLOAD.

  4. Log in to vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager. In the Home page, select Usage, and then click Import.

  5. Upload the downloaded file and click NEXT.

  6. Copy the Usage Key details.
  7. In vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, select vRealize Cloud, and then click Cloud Universal.
  8. Click LICENSE ACTIONS and select Update Usage Key.

  9. Select the License Key and enter the usage key. Click UPDATE.