VMware’s vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) has traditionally required a fair amount of horsepower and some time to deploy into vSphere infrastructure (which isn’t surprising as it’s such a powerful performance and capacity management tool). What this meant is that if you wanted to get some hands-on experience or do some testing with vROps you usually had to have a vSphere host to deploy it onto (or use VMware’s Hands-On Labs).
Running vRealize Operations Manager in a VMware Fusion Lab
However, with the latest version of vRealize Operations 6.x and with today’s more powerful desktop / laptop systems, it’s not hard to deploy vROps into a virtual VMware Fusion lab. vROps now deploys as a single virtual machine and offers an express mode configuration. My new lab environment is comprised of a single iMac with 32GB of RAM, an i7 CPU, and a 1TB PCIe flash drive. With VMware Fusion on top of Mac OS X, I am able to run the following VMs in a virtual vSphere lab, providing a nice 2 host vSphere cluster managed by vCenter-
- 2 x ESXi VMs with 8GB of RAM each
- vCenter server for Windows VM with 6 GB of RAM
- Windows AD/DNS/DHCP VM with 2 GB of RAM
To learn more about vRealize Operations and do some testing (and write more blog posts for this Cloud Management blog), I wanted to have the latest vRealize Operations Manager (6.0.2 at the time of this blog post) up and running in this virtual environment and I was unsure if I had the resources, how it woudl perform, and even if the vROps OVA (designed for ESXi deployment) would deploy in VMware Fusion.
I was happy to find out that vROps not only worked but it deployed faster than I had ever seen it deploy and it ran great. To show you how to do it in your own lab, step by step, here are the steps that I walk you through in the video above:
- Downloading the vRealize Operations 6.x OVA virtual appliance
- Importing the vROps OVA into VMware Fusion (and retrying when the error comes up)
- Reconfiguring the virtual appliance to run in less RAM (8GB in my case), and connecting the virtual network adapter to a new virtual network
- Powering on vROps, assigning an admin password, and performing the initial configuration
- Connecting vROps to vCenter by providing the vCenter DNS name /IP address and username / password credentials
Enjoy the video!
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