vRealize Lifecycle Manager 1.0 GA Release

So Vmware has released a new Product yesterday, The “vRealize Lifecycle Manager 1.0”. We will list out all the features of the product in a while (Which you may find on the official page as well, So not a big deal), But before that in a nutshell what is this product.

So this product can Automate your Day 0 to Day 2 operations, That is it should automate, from deploying your vRealize solutions to automating your day-to-day. I am not entirely sure if this tool will do it.

What I like though it has a list of products from the vRealize suite that it can deploy

  1. vRealize Automation 7.2 and 7.3
  2. vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 and 7.3 (embedded with vRealize Automation)
  3. vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.1, 7.3, and 7.3.1
  4. vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 and 6.6.1
  5. vRealize Log Insight 4.3 and 4.5

Again I have still not seen the product in action so not sure if it supports Distributed installs.

Also One thing I anticipate is this tools like VVD will have dependency on the Physical Hardware on which it works, And I have a reason to think so. One of the features says that it aligns with Vmware Validated Design.

Deployment of the tool seems straight forward Download the OVA file from download page https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRSLCM-10&productId=675&rPId=18268

Lifecycle manager is part of the vCloud Suite 2017 so if you buy the license for the Suite you don’t have to worry about the entitlement.

vCloud Suite BOM currently includes vSphere Enterprise Plus and vRealize Suite 2017:

  • ESXi 6.5 U1
  • vCenter Server 6.5 U1
  • NSX-V 6.3.3
  • vSphere Replication 6.5.1
  • vSphere Data Protection 6.1.5
  • vSphere Big Data Extensions 2.3.2
  • vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 7.3.0
  • vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.0
  • vRealize Operations Manager 6.6.1
  • vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3.1
  • vRealize Log Insight 4.5.0
  • vRealize Automation 7.3.0

The Hardware and Software requirements are not very high to deploy lifecycle manager as well, considering the promises made.

vCenter Server 6.0 or 6.5

ESXi version 6.0 or 6.5

2 vCPUs

16 GB memory

127 GB storage

 

The Deployment is like not very complicated no pre-configuration needed, Post install config is also not fairly simple – Add DC, Add VCenter

I will Come up install Config Post with all the screenshots shortly.

Till then following are the features as mentioned on the official Page https://docs.vmware.com/en/vRealize-Suite/2017/rn/vrealize-lifecycle-manager-1-release-notes.html?src=vmw_so_vex_akjaer_1025

  • vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager automates Day 0 to Day 2 operations of the entire vRealize Suite, enabling simplified operational experience for customers. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager automates lifecycle management with a single pane of glass, thereby freeing customer resources to focus on business-critical initiatives, while improving time to value (TTV), reliability, and consistency. Key capabilities include:
    • Simplified new install of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager
      • Product & solution -based install
      • Standardized deployment sizing (S/M/L)
      • Silent install (infrastructure as code)
    • Brownfield environment support for importing existing environment
    • Single sign-on (vIDM integration)
    • GUI & API based
    • Export configuration (JSON template)
    • Snapshot and one-click upgrade
    • Day 2 Operations – scale-out, organic growth
    • Pre-checks & validation 
    • com integration
    • Configuration management and drift reporting
    • Health monitoring through integration with vROPS SDDC Health
    • Error handling / log bundles
    • Aligned with VMware reference architecture & validated designs
  • Backup and restore with EMC Avamar.

 

 

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