Installing and Configuring vROps Windows-Based Remote Collector

A variety of the available vRealize Operations Manager management packs require a Microsoft Windows-based remote collector as a part of their vROps architecture. Since the majority of customers deploy the Linux-based OVA, the steps for installation and configuration of a Windows-based remote collector are often unfamiliar to administrators. I’ll go over those steps in this blog to help clear up the process.

This post was written by Troy Bailey, a solutions architect for Blue Medora and a fellow xVMware. 

Let’s get started with the requirements for the Windows operating system versions. The two supported versions of Windows are Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Once you have your operating system installed and configured, you’re ready to begin the process by downloading the Windows-based installer package for vROps and following the steps below:

  • Double-click the installer package
  • At the landing page, select your language
  • Click OK
  • Click Next to accept the End-User Patent Agreement
  • Click the “I accept the terms of the License Agreement” radio button
  • Click Next
  • Choose a destination install directory or accept the default directory as seen in Figure 1

Configuration

Figure 1 – Choose a destination installation folder

  • Click the Next button
  • Choose a destination data directory or accept the default directory
  • Review the settings and click the Install button as seen in Figure 2

Summary

Figure 2 – Review settings information

  • Click the Done button when the installation finishes

Now that we’ve completed the installation of the software for the remote collector, we can now purpose this new installation as a remote collector node by browsing to the IP address of our Windows server in the browser of your choosing.

Note: By default, the Windows Firewall will be turned on and might prevent you from browsing to the webserver running on the Windows server. You may need to disable it or create firewall rules to allow the web traffic to flow through.

Once you’ve navigated to the IP address, the vRealize Operations Manager Initial Setup page should appear. Since we are expanding our existing cluster by adding a remote collector, we will simply choose Expand an Existing Installation as seen in Figure 3.

GetStarted

Figure 3 – vRealize Operations Manager Initial Setup Wizard

  • On the Getting Started screen select the Next button
  • On the Node Settings and Cluster Info screen you will provide the following information, as shown in Figure 4 below:
    • Node Name for your remote collector
    • Node Type – remote collector
    • Master Node IP address or FQDN
  • Click the Validate button to validate your master node information
  • Verify the certificate
  • Click the Next button when finished

NodeSettings_ClusterInfo

Figure 4 – Node Settings and Cluster Info

  • Enter your admin password
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish

When you view your vROps cluster through the administration UI, you’ll find your new remote collector reporting and ready for duty just like Figure 5 below.

vROps_Cluster_Administration

Figure 5 – vRealize Operations Manager Administration

For more information on VMware vRealize Operations, visit the product page on VMware’s website. To check out the latest products from Blue Medora, visit the product page on Blue Medora’s website.

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