Continuing from Part 1 of this three part series, you should now have a fully deployed vRealize Operations Manager connected on the network. You should see the following "Get Started" page when connecting to vROps via a web browser.
In this article, I will demonstrate how you can perform the initial configuration of your new vROps instance which includes configuring a password for the "admin" account that will be used to access the UI interface afterwards. You will also have the opportunity to configure basic things like NTP settings as well as the role of your vROps instance. If this is your first deployment of vROps 6.0, you will need to create a new Cluster where other "Slices" or vROps Instances can join and contribute different functionality such as Admin, UI, Data, Data Collector and Replica roles. In this example, we will assume the installation will contain all roles within this single instance. In the future, you can easily expand and add other instances that provide specific roles and in a future post, I can show how that can be accomplished using the CLI/API if there is an interest.
To perform the initial configurations, I have created a simple shell script called configurevRops.sh which requires SSH connectivity to the vROps instance. Ensure that during your initial setup, you have either enabled SSH or have gone into the VM Console and enabled SSH access. The script will be using the following four commands found within the appliance:
There is only one mandatory variable VROPS_ADMIN_PASSWORD that needs to be edited prior to running the script which specifies the password for the "admin" account. There is also a CONFIGURE_NTP & NTP_SERVERS variables that can be edited to configure NTP. By default, I have this disabled this because the system will need to validate the NTP Servers. If you do not have valid NTP Servers or be able to reach the ones specified in the script, then you may run into an error.
Once you have saved your changes, you can simply run the script using the following command (please replace the IP Address with the IP of your vROps instance):
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org < configurevRops.sh
Note: If you would like to see more verbose details for each of these steps, you can remove the redirect to /dev/null for reach of the commands and can be useful in case something is not running correctly.
If everything was successfully configured, you should now be able to open a browser to your vROps instance and you should see the following screen asking you to now login:
Please login with the username "admin" and the password that you had set within the script. Once you have successfully login, you should now see the following wizard which will take you through the final steps of setting up your new vROps instance. Unfortunately, these last couple of steps could not be automated and will require some manual interaction before you are ready to start using your new vRealize Operations Manager.
If you do not wish to enable SSH by default and prefer a more programmatic approach on performing the initial configurations, stay tune for Part 3 where I will show you how to use the new vRealize Operations Manager Cluster Mgmt API also known as the CaSA API to perform this exact same configuration.