vROPS for Horizon 6.2.1 – Deploying the OVA

Here’s how to install VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon.  For the purpose of this post I will be simply deploying one master node, there will be future blogs on deploying further cluster nodes .  This run through is based on version 6.2, the process is pretty much the same for the latest  vROPS Version 6.3 for Horizon and Published Apps.  For your information version 6.3 brings in  cool new features to support Horizon 7, help desk dashboards and speeds up collection.

VMware vRealize Operations Manger for Horizon 6.3 released! Full release notes can be found here.


Start by downloading the installation media from your VMware portal.  For this demo I chose to use the OVA but there is also a Windows executable version.  My preference is the ova because its more lightweight, works well and saves on a Microsoft license.

Deploy the OVA in the usual method via your preferred vSphere client, clicking File and Deploy OVF template.  Browse to the location of where you downloaded the OVA and click Next

Review this page and click next, note the size on disk requirements

Go ahead and accept the user licence agreement and click Next

Specify a name for your vRealize instance and a location in the inventory of your Datacentre for it to reside. Click Next

Now the selection you make in this part of the wizard will determine the amount of compute resource that is allocate to the appliance so it require a little bit of thought.  For my lab i’m just deploying a very small instance but in production you want to make sure you calculate the size of deployment correctly.  Here are the vAPP sizing requirements:

Choose the cluster and the host you want the vAPP to reside on, bearing in mind the compute resource required from the previous selection.

Choose your datastore and provisioning method, i’m using Thin Provisioned for my lab.

Choose the network you want the vApp to connect to, in most deployments this would be your production LAN.  On the next screen you are asked to give the vApp and IP address on your network of choice and configure DNS, IPV6 etc.

Finally review these settings and you have the option to check the box to power on after deployment and click Finish.

Nothing to complicated there, but gives you a good insight on what to expect when deploying the appliance.  In part two and three i will walk you through configuring the vAPP and hooking in the Horizon Connector so we can start collecting those metrics!


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