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The vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 is a powerful tool for monitor a vSphere environment.

But, as writtent in the previous post, the software is distribuited using a vApp (with two VMs) that means the you need DRS if you deploy it on a VMware Cluster. Note that if you deploy it on a standalone ESXi host it does not require DRS.

So how deploy this vApp with a vSphere edition lower than the Enterprise edition?

Officially there isnt’s a strict requirement of a specific edition, so you can play to use it also on Essential, Essential+ or Standard edition of vSphere.

In this case, the deplotyment is a little more complicated and is documented in the KB 2013695 (Deploying vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 with vSphere Essentials, Essentials Plus, or Standard):

  1. Remove one of the ESXi hosts from the cluster so that it is in standalone mode.
  2. On that ESXi host, deploy the vCenter Operations Manager vApp, specifying static IP addresses.
    Note: Static IP addresses are required.
  3. Move the ESXi host with vCenter Operations back into the cluster.

Warning: This step destroys the vApp. An error displays. Disregard the error message and continue moving the host into the cluster.

Moving the ESXi host with the vCenter Operations vApp back into the cluster results in the addition of the two virtual machines (the UI virtual machine and the Analytics virtual machine) to the cluster, without the vApp container. vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 continues to function normally when this happens.

Note: If you want to change the IP address of the virtual machines in future, run repair in the UI virtual machine becaue the vApp structure no longer exists in vCenter Server.

Because the vApp structure no longer exists, you must manually handle the correct boot and shutdown sequence:

  • Power on sequence: first power on the Analytics virtual machine, wait for 10 minutes, and then power on the UI virtual machine.
  • Shutdown sequence: you must power off the UI virtual machine, wait for 10 minutes, and then power off the Analytics virtual machine.

Note: For vSphere Essentials, you must deploy the vApp on a standalone host.


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