VMware vRealize Suite vRLI

How to Deploy VMware vRealize Suite in one day using vRLCM Part (6) Deploy vRLI

vRealize log insight is a scalable Syslog server that can help in getting faster troubleshooting across different products and environments by giving deep operational insights and dashboards.

Preparing prerequisites of deployment

First, we create some prerequisites like Binaries, DNS, certificate, and user. luckily the binaries already copied inside vRLCM while the easy install wizard installation process

1- Adding vROps Binary to vLCM, using My VMware account that was created

VIDM and VRA ova already in Lifecycle Operation > settings > Binary Mapping > Location type > My VMware

 2- Create DNS record

Before going forward vRLCM has the concept of Environment (VMware vRealize suite products) mapped to Datacenters which can contain one or more vCenter.

3- Create CSR and import vRLI certificate

Open vRLCM Locker > certificates > generate CSR
Add FQDN in CN and the rest of the certificate information

After completing CSR request a certificate file (*.pem) will be created, the file contains both CSR request and private key.

Next, we need to open CA web enrollment interface to request a public certificate using CSR

Request a certificate
Select advanced certificates request
Enter the CSR from .pem file generated by vRLCM
Use Web Server template
Download certificate in base 64 encoded along with certificate chain
Open vRLCM Locker > certificates > Import

Now we go back to vRLCM > Locker to import the certificate

  • Name: name in certificate store
  • Private key: generated while creating CSR
  • Certificate Chain: public certificate followed by CA chain ( all intimidate and root CA)

4- create a password to be used for vRLI root and admin user

locker > Passwords > add new

Create VRLI environment

With all prerequisites in hand, we can start deploying single node vRLI

Open vRLCM Lifecycle Operation > create Environment
Here we select product, version, deployment type and HA
Accept EULA
Select a license from linked My VMware account or add it manually
Select imported certificate
Select the vCenter, cluster, and destination datastore vRLI appliance
Some additional configuration parameters

I have selected small, but deployment failed as minimum supported deployment size is medium

VM name, FQDN and IP address for each appliance for me I had only one

VLCM completes vRLI deployment in 22 mins

Now lets login

I have noticed when login from vIDM redirection to vRLI IP not FQDN, this because the application in vIDM has IP configured not FQDN.

next I check VRLI configuration and found the redirect host is IP not FQDN

to change this I Followed the VMware KB https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/81967

vRLI installed and integrated with vIDM, The next product is vRealize Network Insight

Written by,

Amr Abdelshafi

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