How To: Install vCenter Operations Manager

vCenter Operations Manager has been missing from the lab for far to long!

With this in mind let’s walk through how to install vCenter Operations Manager.

IP Pools

VMware require IP Pools to be configured for most of their OVF’s nowadays.  Chris Wahl wrote a great blog post on Managing & Configuring IP Pools which is our first step.

Go into the Datacenter Object in vSphere and Select IP Pools Tab then Add

IP Pools 01

Give the IP Pool a name, Subnet Mask and Gateway

IP Pools 02

Note: We have specifically chosen not to enable the IP Pool

Then jump over to Associations and associate the IP Pool with a Port Group that your vCenter Operations Manager will reside on.

IP Pools 03

Once configured it should look something like this.

IP Pools 04

Install vCenter Operations Manager

The next step is to download vCenter Operations Manager which is located here. As of the time of this blog post the most recent version is VMware vCenter Operations Manager Standard 5.7.2.

I’m not going to talk you threw how to upload an OVF as it’s a simple case of going to File > Deploy OVF Template > Select Location and following the wizard.

When you get to the IP Address Allocation Policy select ‘Fixed’


vCOPS is a vAPP which is made up of two VM’s the UI and Analytics VM both of which need an IP Address.


The vAPP seems to take a large amount of time, so my suggestion is to make a cup of tea!

vCOPS Initial Configuration

Browse to your UI VM IP Address, in my case it is https://VMF-VCOPS01/admin as I thougth I would be clever and enter an A record.

Login with the following credentials:

U: admin

P: admin

The first task is to enter the Hosting vCenter Server details, in some scenarios for example a management cluster the vCenter the vCOPS resides in is different to the one that it monitors.


Accept the Security Alert to trust your vCenter.

Next change the passwords for your admin account and root accounts, once done hit Next.


TOP TIP: The root password is vmware

Enter your vCenter details, the collector has access to all the Objects within vCenter, so ideally you want to specify credentials for this as well.

If you receive an error ‘connecting to VC at https://vCenter/sdk failed’ see my blog post on this subject


Click Next on the Import Data screen and then Finish on the Linked VC Registration page.

You will receive a security Warning on your vCenter Server stating that the vCOPS certificate is untrusted. Install the certificate and click Ignore


If successful, you should be greeted with the vCenter Operations Manager Administration screen.


You should be able to verify this by go to the Home Screen of your vSphere Client and you should have vCenter Operations Manager under Solutions and Appliances


That’t it all you need to do now is assign your license key and you are ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

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