How to migrate from VMware vCOps to vROps – Part 2

This posting is ~5 years years old. You should keep this in mind. IT is a short living business. This information might be outdated.

Part 1 of this series has covered a short overview over vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 and the initial deployment of the virtual appliance. Now it’s time to bring it to life.

Open a browser and enter the IP of your newly deployed vROps appliance. You will get this nice initial setup screen. “New Installation” is always a good start. Click “New Installation”.

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Within five little steps, the configuration of vROps will be done. You may have noticed the “Migrate Data” icon on the right of the screenshot. This will be important later. Start with clicking “Next”.

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Enter the password for the build-in administrator account and click “Next”.

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I really liked part: Choose Certificate. No command line, no complex knowledge base articles. Simply choose “Install a certificate” and point the installer to a valid certificate. You can replace the certificate later. Because of this, I’ve chosen “Use the default certificate” at this point.

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Enter the name of the master node and a valid NTP server. In my case, the NTP server is my Active Directory Domain Controller.

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Complete the initial setup by clicking “Finish”.

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Now the vROps services must be started. Click “Start vRealize Operations Manager”. The pop up can be answered with “Yes”.

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Log in with “admin” and the password you’ve chosen at the beginning of the initial setup.

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Because I already had a vCOps running in my lab, I’ve chosen “Import Environment”. This selection allows you to import the data from your current vCOps vApp. Click “Next”.

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Carefully read the EULA, enable the checkbox and click “Next”.

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Now you have to add a license key. I used my vExpert vCloud Suite key.

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Enter the IP address or the FQDN of your current vCOps UI VM. A pop-up appears that informs you, that an agent is pushed to the VM. This step takes about 5 minutes to finish. Click “Next”.

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You can add additional solutions at this point. This wasn’t necessary in my case. Click “Next”.

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Everything’s fine. Simply click “Finish” and relax.

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Now the data is imported. Depending on your resources and the amount of data, this step can take some time. In my case this step took about 10 minutes to finish.

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Congratulations! That’s it. Easy, isn’t it? Now you can add additional nodes, e.g. a replica node or additional data nodes.

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The migration process is really easy and straightforward. The database is the most valuable. Because of this, I strongly recommend to migrate the data from your current vCOps environment.

But what to do with the old vCOps vApp? It’s still active and consumes resources from your vSphere cluster. I covered this in part 3 of this series.

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