How to install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 7

The VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7 was announced this year at VMworld EU in Barcelona and it comes with a new, redesigned GUI which is now called Control Center. It is worth to mention that this new GUI is HTML 5 driven! The installation and configuration of the product didn’t change much but the new GUI is worth heaving a quick look at.

Please refer to the vRealize Orchestrator 7 documentation for key features, architecture and system requirements.

vRealize Orchestrator 7 installation

The vRealize Orchestrator 7 installation procedure (deploy OVF Template) did not change in this version, hence I will skip this part. Have a look at one of my previous posts on how to install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 6 for a step-by-step guide.

vRealize Orchestrator 7 configuration

Once the appliance is deployed, you will be presented with the following welcome page.

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Note the URL for the Orchestrator Control Center.

  1. At this point you should check if the settings were applied correctly during the setup by logging on to the appliance configuration page (https://<IP_FQDN>:5480)
  2. Next, open a web browser and navigate to the Orchestrator Appliance Home Page.install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 7 02
  3. Optionally, you can also download and install the Orchestrator Client from here.
  4. Next, open the Orchestrator Control Center and you should now see the new Orchestrator Control Center GUI. vRealize Orchestrator 7 - 03
  5. Go to Configure Authentication Provider under the Manage menu and configure an applicable authentication provider.install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 7 04
  6. Next, go to Syslog Integration under the Syslog menu and enter enable logging to a remote syslog server if you use one.install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 7 05
  7. Optionally, configure an external database if you use one or you are planning a cluster deployment of vRealize Orchestrator 7.
  8. You can now start installing custom plug-ins etc.

This concludes the install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 7 procedure. As you can see, the installation process is still the same as in version 6.x but the new control center is a bit clearer and easier to navigate in my opinion.


– Marek.Z

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