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vRealize Operations upgrade path

vRealize Operations have 3 forms, which explains the 3 different downloads.

  1. Virtual Appliance.
  2. Linux installation
  3. Windows installation.

The first one is what I recommend, hence I showed them as bold green line in the diagram below. The diagram shows the 3 choices of deployments. After you deploy 6.1, you should deploy the Hot Patch. Once you complete it, then you should deploy your solutions (it’s called Management Packs).


The patching comes in 5 forms, hence there are 5 different installers for you to choose. You just need to pick 1. Hopefully the above diagram helps you pick the right one.

By now, quite a number of customers are already using vRealize Operations. The upgrade path is different. You first upgrade your management pack. The Horizon View 6.1 solution for example, does not support vRealize Operations 6.1, 6.0.3 nor 6.0.2. Because it was released before any of these versions.

So you first upgrade your V4V from 6.1 to 6.2. V4V 6.2 is supported on vRealize Operations 6.0.


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vRealize Operations – Management Pack installation

vRealize Operations 6 introduces a concept called Management Pack. It was called Adapter in version 5. The Management Pack brings many enhancement compared to Adapter, so the steps to install and configure naturally differ to version 6. I will show 2 examples here:

  • NSX Management Pack
  • Blue Medora – NetApp Management Pack

Michael White, yes that famous blogger who gives you Notes from Michael, has also published a set of installation. He covers the Log Insight Management Pack here. As you can see below, I’ve already got the Log Insight management pack installed. I will give you example for NSX and Blue Medora.

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First step is to upload the “.pak” file, which is the same concept you know in vCenter Operations 5.x version.

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Once uploaded (which should be fast, as it’s not a big file), you get the screen below. In this case, I uploaded the management pack for NSX.

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Installation looks like the screen below. This can take minutes. It will give you progress, and at the end you see Completed. Click the Finish button to close the dialog box.

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And that’s all! The next step is configuration, which varies from one management pack to another. Generally, it’s about connecting to a data provider, such as NSX Manager, NetApp DFM Server or vCenter.

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In the case for NSX, it’s about connecting to the NSX Manager. You need to supply the vCenter server that the NSX Manager is mapped to, not the vCenter where the NSX Manager VM is running.

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For credential, you need to supply both for vCenter and NSX Manager.

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And that’s it!

So now let’s do for Blue Medora NetApp management pack. Again, we start by uploading the .pak file. From the file you can see the version number.

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The usual installation progress is shown. Notice the steps are basically similar with other management pack.

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As expected, we now have it. The screen below shows that I’ve got both NSX and Blue Medora installed. I’m going to configure Blue Medora, which is on the next post.

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NetApp DFM Installation: part 1

There is a great video on the installation here, which helped me during the installation. There is also this manual.

The first thing you need is to download the OnCommand. You need to know if your NetApp is using 7-mode (the old one) or c-mode (the new one, c stands for cluster). Mine is the old one, so I chose the option below.

10 choose the right mode

It has to be installed on Windows 2008. It does not work on Windows 7, which is fine as it’s meant to be a server. You can have 1 OnCommand managing multiple NetApp array. Double click on the installer and you’ll get this.

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Take notice that by default it’s calling home. It sends messages regularly, as you can see below. Notice it’s still using DFM on the notice below.

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For majority of case, the Express edition will do. I choose it as it’s simpler, and in my case I just need it as proxy for the Blue Medora management pack.

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Installation will progress. It says sql below, not sure if that means Microsoft SQL Server.

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Installation is actually quite fast. You will see rapid messages on the dialog box.

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At the end, it will say Completed. Click the Next button.

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You get another installation, but this time around it’s quite fast. Overall, it’s pretty standard.

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You get this at the end. Tick the check box, so it will launch the browser.

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