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.


  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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  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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  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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  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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