In my last article in this series, vCenter Operations Manager Architecture, I discussed the architecture of the vCenter Operations Management Suite and, in more detail, vCenter Operations Manager. In that post, I also covered the 3 things that you didn’t know about vC Ops architecture as well as how to size the vCenter Operations Manager virtual machines.
In this article, we’ll deploy the vCenter Operations Manager vApp. Keep in mind that we already discussed sizing vC Ops, which covers the resource requirements you would normally review prior to installing a traditional management application. Those resource requirements, which vary based on the size of your virtual infrastructure are the majority of the “system requirements” for vC Ops. Additional system requirements for vC Ops 5.x, that the majority of you out there are going to meet, are:
- System running the vC Ops vApp must be using vCenter 4.0 U2 or later
- Host running the vC Ops vApp must be using ESX Server or ESXi 4.0 or later
- Must be using a supported web browser to administer vC Ops – Internet Explorer 7/8/9 or Mozilla Firefox 3.6, 8, 9, or 10 with a minimum resolution of 1024×768
Note: while I, personally, use Google Chrome with vCenter Operations Manager and haven’t seen any trouble, it is technically an unsupported web browser by VMware when used with vC Ops.
Also note: there is an installable version of vC Ops that runs in the Windows or Linux operating systems. VMware doesn’t recommend that installation today. Originally, it was distributed in that format for scalability purposes but with the scalability of the vC Ops in vApp format, it’s no longer needed. In this article, we are installing the vC Ops vApp, which is by far the most popular deployment option in use today.
Keep in mind – because we are installing a Linux virtual appliance-based management application, there is no need to do things like…. create a new VM, buy a Windows Server OS license, install Windows, create a new table and user on your SQL Server, install the Windows-based management application, connect it to SQL, etc.
As you perform your own install, keep in mind how much time and money you will save with the Linux virtual appliance approach.
Step 1 – Prepare vCenter with a Network Pool to Support vC Ops