VMware vRealize Infrastructure Navigator – Installation, Licensing, Configuration & Administration

This post shows, step by step, how to install, license, configure and manage vRealize Infrastructure Navigator (VIN) 5.8 on a vSphere 6.0 infrastructure:

VMware VIN is an application awareness plug-in to the vCenter Server that provides continuous dependency mapping of virtual machines applications across your environment.

Installation

  1. Download the virtual appliance file (.OVA) from my.vmware.com: vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
  2. Open the vSphere Web Client, navigate to inventory and Deploy OVF Template…
  3. Select the virtual appliance file and click Next.
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  4. Select Accept extra configuration options and click Next.
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  5. Accept EULA and click Next.
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  6. Enter the VM name and select the destination folder. Click Next.
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  7. Select virtual disk format and VM Storage Policy. Choose the VM datastore and click Next.
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  8. Select the Destination Network and click Next.
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  9. Complete the fields: Password, Default Gateway, DNS, Network 1 IP Address and Network 1 Netmask. Click Next. Be sure the IP address has connection with the vCenter Server.
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  10. Be sure the vCenter services are running ok and click Next.
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  11. Review the parameters, select Power on after deployment and click Finish.
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  12. Reload the vSphere Web Client or restart session. You must be able to view the Infrastructure Navigator panel.
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Licensing

  1. Navigate to Home -> Licensing -> License and click on the green + to add a license.
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  2. Paste the Infrastructure Navigator license key and click Next.
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  3. Enter a license name and click Next.
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  4. Review the information and click Finish.
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  5. Navigate to Home -> Licensing -> Assets -> Solutions, select VMware vRealize Infrastructure Navigator and click on Assign License.
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  6. Select the VMware license and click OK.
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  7. Review that the solution is licensed in Home -> Licensing -> Assets -> Solutions.
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Configuration

  1. Navigate to Home -> Infrastructure Navigator -> Settings and click on Turn on access to VMs.
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  2. Enter vCenter administrator credentials and click OK.
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  3. After this procedure, Infrastructure Navigator will have access to VMs through VMware Tools.
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Administration

  1. Be sure the VMs you want to monitor have VMware Tools installed and updated.
  2. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the VM you want to check and select Manage -> Application Dependencies. You will be able to know all the application dependencies.
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  3. Remember this is real-time information, so be sure that all the services are running at the moment you check the dependencies.

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