vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager introduces a functionality where you can enable VMware Cloud Foundation mode in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.1. When VMware Cloud Foundation mode is enabled for vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, the behavior of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager also changes.

Any operation triggered through vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI is aligned with the VMware Cloud Foundation architecture design. When "VCF Mode" is enabled, you need another implementation of depot polling. With this, you can actually poll Lifecycle Manager of SDDC Manager for any newly downloaded vRealize product binaries and are made available in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

When a VMware Cloud Foundation admin logs in to vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, you can perform normal regular operations like any vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager user. The VMware Cloud Foundation user can view applications like, User Management, Lifecycle Operations, Locker, Marketplace, and Identity and Tenant Management but with some limitations. When you are enabling the multi tenancy feature in Lifecycle Manager in a normal mode, you should explicitly add the certificate for the load balancers.

You can perform the same set of operations with limited access to the latest version of the vRealize Suite products. To perform a regular operation, you have to specify the license and certificate settings using the Locker in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI. Once you have completed, you have to map your product binaries in VMware Cloud Foundation and click the Sync button to perform the sync operations to synchronize the binaries from the VMware Cloud Foundation repository.

Some of the features that are used by VMware Cloud Foundation from vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.
  • Binary mapping. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation mode has a sync binary feature from which you can poll the binaries from the VMware Cloud Foundation repository and maps the source automatically in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.
  • Cluster deployment for a new Environment. You can deploy vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Log Insight in clusters, whereas in VMware Identity Manager, you can only deploy both cluster and single node, and later expand to a cluster.
  • Product Versions. You can only access the versions for the selected vRealize products that are specifically supported by VMware Cloud Foundation itself.
  • Resource Pool and Advanced Properties. The resources in the Resource Pools under the Infrastructure Details are blocked by the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI, so that the VMware Cloud Foundation topology does not change. Similarly, the Advanced Properties are also blocked for all products except for Remote Collectors. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager also auto-populates infrastructure and network properties by calling VMware Cloud Foundation deployment API.

For information on deploying vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation, see VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide.