vRealize Operations Manager consists of one or more nodes, in a cluster. To create nodes, you use the vSphere client to download and deploy the vRealize Operations Manager virtual machine, once for each cluster node.


  • Verify that you have permissions to deploy OVF templates to the inventory.

  • If the ESXi host is part of a cluster, enable DRS in the cluster. If an ESXi host belongs to a non-DRS cluster, all resource pool functions are disabled.

  • If this node is to be the master node, reserve a static IP address for the virtual machine, and know the associated domain name server, default gateway, and network mask values.

    Plan to keep the IP address because it is difficult to change the address after installation.

  • If this node is to be a data node that will become the HA replica node, reserve a static IP address for the virtual machine, and know the associated domain name server, default gateway, and network mask values.

    In addition, familiarize yourself with HA node placement as described in About vRealize Operations Manager High Availability.

  • Preplan your domain and machine naming so that the deployed virtual machine name will begin and end with alphabet (a–z) or digit (0–9) characters, and will only contain alphabet, digit, or hyphen (-) characters. The underscore character (_) must not appear in the host name or anywhere in the fully qualified domain name (FQDN).

    Plan to keep the name because it is difficult to change the name after installation.

    For more information, review the host name specifications from the Internet Engineering Task Force. See www.ietf.org.

  • Preplan node placement and networking to meet the requirements described in General vRealize Operations Manager Cluster Node Requirements and vRealize Operations Manager Cluster Node Networking Requirements.

  • If you expect the vRealize Operations Manager cluster to use IPv6 addresses, review the IPv6 limitations described in Using IPv6 with vRealize Operations Manager.

  • Download the vRealize Operations Manager .ova file to a location that is accessible to the vSphere client.

  • If you download the virtual machine and the file extension is .tar, change the file extension to .ova.

  • Verify that you are connected to a vCenter Server system with a vSphere client, and log in to the vSphere client.

    Do not deploy vRealize Operations Manager from an ESXi host. Deploy only from vCenter Server.


  1. Select the vSphere Deploy OVF Template option.
  2. Enter the path to the vRealize Operations Manager .ova file.
  3. Follow the prompts until you are asked to enter a name for the node.
  4. Enter a node name. Examples might include Ops1, Ops2 or Ops-A, Ops-B.

    Do not include nonstandard characters such as underscores (_) in node names.

    Use a different name for each vRealize Operations Manager node.

  5. Follow the prompts until you are asked to select a configuration size.
  6. Select the size configuration that you need. Your selection does not affect disk size.

    Default disk space is allocated regardless of which size you select. If you need additional space to accommodate the expected data, add more disk after deploying the vApp.

  7. Follow the prompts until you are asked to select the disk format.



    Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed

    Creates a virtual disk in a default thick format.

    Thick Provision Eager Zeroed

    Creates a type of thick virtual disk that supports clustering features such as Fault Tolerance. Thick provisioned eager-zeroed format can improve performance depending on the underlying storage subsystem.

    Select the thick provisioned eager-zero option when possible.

    Thin Provision

    Creates a disk in thin format. Use this format to save storage space.

    Snapshots can negatively affect the performance of a virtual machine and typically result in a 25–30 percent degradation for the vRealize Operations Manager workload. Do not use snapshots.

  8. Click Next.
  9. From the drop-down menu, select a Destination Network, for example, Network 1 = TEST, and click Next.
  10. In Properties, under Application, Timezone Setting, leave the default of UTC or select a time zone.

    The preferred approach is to standardize on UTC. Alternatively, configure all nodes to the same time zone.

  11. (Optional) Select the option for IPv6.
  12. Under Networking Properties, leave the entries blank for DHCP, or fill in the default gateway, domain name server, static IP address, and network mask values.

    The master node and replica node require a static IP. A data node or remote collector node may use DHCP or static IP.

  13. Click Next.
  14. Review the settings and click Finish.
  15. If you are creating a multiple-node vRealize Operations Manager cluster, repeat through all the steps to deploy each node.

What to do next

Use a Web browser client to configure a newly added node as the vRealize Operations Manager master node, a data node, a high availability master replica node, or a remote collector node. The master node is required first.


For security, do not access vRealize Operations Manager from untrusted or unpatched clients, or from clients using browser extensions.