With the recent release of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0 and vRealize Automation, also comes a new deployment tool called vRealize Easy Installer. The Easy Installer is a tool that streamlines and helps you install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, VMware Identity Manager, and optionally, vRealize Automation via a simple and clean UI.
The three packages are contained within a single ISO file call VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0.0 Easy Installer. The ISO can be found within the vRealize Suite Download page in the My VMware portal. Selecting either vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager or vRealize Automation will take you to the same 9GB ISO download. vIDM still has it’s own individual download if you want/need it.
The Easy Installer is compatible with Linux, Windows, and Mac, which should make it very accessible to a large audience. I decided to give it a try out and detail the process below. It’s a rather simple process to follow as long as a few prerequisites specific to the Installer are met first.
On the Memory front, LCM and vIDM both require 2 vCPUs and 6 GB of memory. vRealize Automation on the other hand will require, for a Standard install, 8 vCPUs and 32 GB Memory. You can times that by three for a Clustered install. If you enable Thin Disk provisioning, 75 GB min storage will be required. Finally DNS records for LCM, vIDM, and optionally vRA if being installed, need to be created first.
In the below process I use Windows 10 as the client source I install from.
To access the installer we need to right click the ISO file and select mount. This will mount the ISO as a drive in Windows. We can then navigate to \vrlcm-ui-installer\win32 (If you were on Linux or Mac this path would be different). Then select installer.exe to start the Installer UI.