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vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2 | 13 Oct 2020 | Build 16982087

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About vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2

VMware vRealize® Suite 2019 is the complete cloud management solution, delivering and managing infrastructure and applications quickly while maintaining IT control. It provides a comprehensive management stack for IT services on vSphere and other hypervisors, physical infrastructure, and multiple public clouds. 

The vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager automates installation, configuration, upgrade, patch, configuration management, and health from within a single pane of glass. This provides the IT Managers or Cloud admin resources to focus on business-critical initiatives, while improving time to value (TTV), reliability and consistency.

You can migrate from vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 2.x versions to vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2. You can upgrade from vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0.1/8.1 to vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2. To know more, click here. Install VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2 to simplify your deployment and on-going management of the vRealize products.

You can now provide customer feedback directly to the engineering and product development teams to address product improvement opportunities.

What's New

  • Continuous Availability (CA) deployment for vRealize Operations Manager
  • Scale-Up for vRealize Suite products
  • Improved password management
  • VMware Managed Cloud (VMC) support on vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager
    • vRealize Network Insight deployment is not supported for VMC software-defined data center (SDDC)
  • VMware vRealize Cloud Subscription Manager support 
  • Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) support
  • Enhanced support for data sources of VMware vRealize Network Insight
  • VMware vRealize Automation support
    • NTP configuration for vRealize Automation 8.x
    • Catalog application for vRealize Automation 8.x
    • Graceful start and shutdown of vRealize Automation
  • Enhanced support for VMware Identity Manager 
  • User experience enhancements
  • In product feedback support
  • vRealize Automation 8.x New Content Support
    • XaaS Blueprints
    • Custom Resources (Resource Type)
    • Custom Resource Actions

Videos for Installing and Migrating vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager using Easy Installer

Recommendation

  • If the source vRealize Automation versions are one of 8.0.0 GA or 8.0.1 GA, ensure that the KB 78235 is applied before upgrade to restore expired root accounts.
  • While configuring multi-tenancy in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager for VMware Identity Manager and vRealize Automation, replacement of VMware Identity Manager certificate can cause a service downtime on products integrated with VMware Identity Manager. Therefore, it is recommended to create SAN certificates with all required hostnames for multi-tenancy. The other option to avoid service disruption is to use wildcard certificates on VMware Identity Manager.
  • To reboot VMware Identity Manager cluster setup, use the Power On and Power Off options in the VMware Identity Manager product actions in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

Limitations 

  • If a custom form is released without a blueprint at the target vRealize Automation, even though the release is successful on vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, the custom form will not be visible at the target vRealize Automation instance
    To release a custom form you must ensure the associated composite blueprint is released or created first on the target vRealize Automation.
  • Content source on vRealize Automation 8.x endpoint  
    When releasing a blueprint on vRealize Automation 8.x, you must create the content source on the target vRealize Automation 8.x prior to the release.
  • vSphere template deployment for vCenter Server with version 6.7 U3 and higher is not supported.
  • Content Migration from 1.3, 2.0 and 2.1 is not supported in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0.1 and higher. For more information, see Content Management. 
  • Support of content from an earlier version to the latest depends on the product capabilities.  
    You can capture content from vRealize Automation 7.5 and release to vRealize Automation 7.6.  However, if vRealize Automation 7.6 does not support contents captured from older version, it would not work in Lifecycle Manager as well.
  • vRealize Orchestrator package can scale up to 1000 elements in a package.
  • Snapshot for VMs remain in the "In-progress" state in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Snapshot for VMs that have device back up are not supported and remain in the "In-progress" state in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. You cannot take a snapshot of VMs that have a device back up in vCenter. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager also supports taking snapshots of VMs. However, the vCenter server also supports taking device back up. For such VMs, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager snapshot requests would remain In Progress.
  • vRealize Operations upgrade failed at application upgrade task after completing the OS upgrade task and the cluster does not come online
    When Cassandra fails in one of the vRealize Operations nodes, this causes the vRealize Operations cluster to not come online.

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.2 Product Support Pack 1 for vRealize Network Insight 6.0.0 and vRealize Automation 8.2 Upgrade Support

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Product Support Pack 1 is an accumulative support pack for vRealize Network Insight 6.0.0. This support pack also provides support for vRealize Automation 8.2 upgrade bundle and vRealize Automation Upgrade OVA files, which is required for scaling out vRealize Automation 8.2 post upgrade from vRealize Automation 8.1 or earlier versions to vRealize Automation 8.2. Refer to KB article 79105 to map vRealize Automation 8.2 upgrade OVA bundle binary under the patched product binaries in the user interface of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

To install vRealize Network Insight 6.0.0 when vRealize Lifecycle Manager is connected to the internet, perform the following steps:     

  1. Verify that you have taken a snapshot of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager VA.
  2. Log in to vRealize Lifecycle Manager VA.
  3. On the Lifecycle Operations dashboard, navigate to Settings > Product Support Pack.
  4. Select the Support for Additional Product Versions section. The vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager auto-populates the list of available support versions. If the list is not auto-populated, click CHECK SUPPORT PACKS ONLINE.
  5. When the list is populated, click Apply Version in Settings> Product Support Pack for the appropriate content version.
  6. Once the PSPAK installation is triggered successfully, VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager services are restarted and you are redirected to VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI login page.

Note: To verify your new PSPAK, on the Lifecycle Operations dashboard, navigate to Settings > Product Support Pack. The option lists the Policy 8.2.0.1 and vRealize Network Insight 6.0.0.

To install vRealize Network Insight 6.0.0 version when vRealize Lifecycle Manager is not connected to the internet, perform the following steps:   

  1. Verify that you have taken a snapshot of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager VA.
  2. Download the product support pack file from VMware Patch Download Center.
  3. Log in to vRealize Lifecycle Manager VA.
  4. On the Lifecycle Operations dashboard, navigate to Settings > Product Support Pack.
  5. Select the Support for Additional Product Versions section. 
  6. To upload the downloaded product support pack file, click Upload and click SELECT FILE to select the .pspak file, and click Import.
  7. When the list is populated, click Apply Version in Settings> Product Support Pack for the appropriate content version.
  8. Once the PSPAK installation is triggered successfully, VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager services are restarted and you are redirected to VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI login page.

Note: To verify your new PSPAK, on the Lifecycle Operations dashboard, navigate to Settings > Product Support Pack. The option lists vRealize Network Insight 6.0.0.

After you have added the .pspak file successfully, refresh the UI.

To download the product support pack, visit VMware Patch Download Center, and then select vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager from the Product drop-down menu. Select vRLCM-8.2.0-PSPACK, and then download vrlcm-8.2.0-PSPACK1.

Resolved Issues

  • Upgrade of vRealize Business for Cloud using Lifecycle repository always triggers an upgrade to the latest version.

    Upgrading vRealize Business for Cloud using vRealize Suite LCM Repository option from the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager
    always upgrades the vRealize Business for Cloud instance to the latest version independent of the selected version.

  • When the vRealize Easy Installer fails at the time of deployment due to Infrastructure issues in vCenter Server, the Easy installer displays  an error message.

  • Capture of composite blueprint from vRealize Automation endpoints fails

    When you capture a composite blueprint from vRealize Automation endpoint, the capture fails if the blueprint has any encrypted property whose values cannot be overridden.

  • You are recommended to select Repository URL to use "https" instead of using vRealize Suite LCM Repository

    In 8.1, when you upgrade vRealize Automation 8.x to 8.1, the URL from the repository for upgrade binaries should be in "https". If you have mapped the upgrade binaries through vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager and upgraded with vRealize Suite LCM Repository, the operation auto populates "http" URL only.

    For example: When "vRealize Suite LCM Repository" is selected, the UI displays URL similar to "http:// /repo/productBinariesRepo/vra/8.1.0/upgrade/update". Copy this and select the "Repository URL" as the repository type and pass the Repository URL as "https://<vRSLCMHostname>/repo/productBinariesRepo/vra/8.1.0/upgrade/update " and then trigger the upgrade.

    The issue has been fixed in 8.2

Known Issues

  • Compatibility version check takes longer time for content from source control

    When performing tests from source control, such as apture+test, capture+deploy, capture+test+deploy or when releasing the content using multi-release or multiple tests functionalities, the version compatibility test using the compatibility check takes longer time when content is from source control.

    Workaround: Select fewer number of content from source control when performing the deployment, which will take lesser time to provide the result of compatible tests.

  • The time settings page is not enabled to make changes when you provide NTP details after deploying vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager​.

    On a usual scenario, when you provide the NTP details at the time of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager deployment, the same is reflected on the time settings page. You cannot make changes to the existing NTP details as the Select button on the UI is disabled. However, you can still select Use Host Time or Add New NTP details.  

    1. Navigate to Lifecycle Operations ->Settings -> Time Settings. 
    2. Add at-least one NTP server in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI.
      Once a new NTP server is added, the SELECT button is enabled and you can make the changes in NTP server for system.
  • The retry inputs provided in the failed deployment request is not saved. 

    The retry inputs provided in the failed deployment request is not getting saved and the next task in the deployment request fails again with the old input provided during the deployment.

    Workaround: Provide the retry inputs for each failed task in the deployment request or you should to re-deploy the environment with correct inputs.

  • VRCS_CUSTOM tagged workflow does not appear in the post and pre stub present under the Settings page.

    None of the existing workflows appears in the drop-down (tagged with the VRCS_CUSTOM ) post-selection of external vRO endpoint in the pre-post stub.

    Rename the existing tag of the workflow (VRCS_CUSTOM) in the vRO endpoint with "vRSLCM_CUSTOM". This displays all the workflow in the drop-down menu.

  • While migrating or upgrading content management, the source control endpoints are required to be mapped to the respective Source Control Servers again. While migrating vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 2.0 to 8.0.1 content library configuration in the vSphere setting page will not appear.

    Workaround:

    • Edit the required source control endpoint in the migrated or updated setup. Against the source control server, select the server from the drop-down menu which maps to this endpoint.
    • Similarly, if you are migrating from vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 2.0 to 8.0.1, reselect the content library from vSphere setting page within the Lifecycle Manager Environment.
  • When there are multiple vRealize Automation products selected during the tenant creation, if there is a failure in the tenant association with a particular vRealize Automation instance, then you cannot manage the entire tenant. 

    Tenant in the Tenant Management page cannot be used when the tenant is created in VMware Identity Manager but failed in vRealize Automation, and the same tenant cannot be used for other configurations.

    Workaround:

    Perform one of the following workarounds:

    1. Retry the failed tenant creation request after fixing the tenant creation failure. 
    2. Skip the tenant creation for specific vRealize Automation, in the retry request.

    Retry for all products specified in the tenant creation request until the tenant creation request is successful. Once the create tenant request is successful, you can click the tenant in the Tenant Management page and perform further operations.

  • While replacing VMware Identity Manager certificate after the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager upgrade to 8.1 or above, the product associations does not list all products.

    While replacing VMware Identity Manager certificate after vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager upgrade to 8.1 or above, the product associations does not list all products present in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager that are integrated with VMware Identity Manager.

    Workaround:

    After the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager upgrade to 8.1 or above, run the inventory sync of the products that are integrated with VMware Identity Manager, and then try replacing the certificate in VMware Identity Manager to reflect all the product associations listed in Replace Certificate wizard.

  • The vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI crashes when navigating to certain pages.

    The vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI crashes or does not reflect specific operations when navigating to certain pages. It displays an unexpected error message to check connectivity to the server and try again.

    Workaround:

    Perform one of the following workarounds:

    • Clear the browser cache.
    • Open the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager UI in an incognito mode to reset the browser cache.
  • vRealize Suite Product Vertical Scale Up Fails for Node

    When scaling up your vRealize Suite product, you may receive the following error message:

    Cannot complete the operation because the file or folder [ISCSI-15TB-02] Nightly-MHA-vROPS-RC/Nightly-MHA-vROPS-RC_3.vmdk already exists

    Workaround:

    Perform the following steps if you get an error message when scaling up:

    1. Click the datastore icon in VC.
    2. Select the datastore that contains the VMDK file. For example, ISCSI-15TB-02 displayed in the error message.
    3. Click the Files tab.
    4. In the search option, search for the VMDK file. For example, Nightly-MHA-vROPS-RC_3.vmdk displayed in the error message.
    5. Select the VMDK file, and click Delete.
    6. Confirm Delete.
    7. Retry scaling up through vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.