Installing & Configuring VMware vCenter Orchestrator or Life Cycle Manager (LCM)
UPDATED 15 May 2009
For vCenter Orchestrator, first start the vCenter Orchestrator services via services.msc from your vCenter server.
Then browse to http://
Default username/password: vmware/vmware
*** Another note: In vCenter Orchestrator, I use UPN format for username (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
I recently noticed that VMware was offering a 30-day trial version of their new product, Life Cycle Manager. This product came about through the acquisition of Dunes Technologies back in Q3 of 2007, and it was formerly known as the Virtual Machine Orchestrator (VMO branding is still in the new product).
After attempting to run through the installer on a sandbox Windows 2003 server, and subsequently getting a headache, I realized there was a virtual appliance available for download - perfect. Simply download the virtual appliance, turn it on, check to see what IP address it receives and then point your web browser to it, e.g. http://192.168.3.45
The first step is to change the default password ('vmware') to something more secure, that's done on the General Tab --> Change Password.
Next, setup the Network configuration.
The typical path is:
Once you've done that successfully, you should see the VMware certificate listed.
On to the most exciting configuration component, LDAP!
The default is OpenLDAP running on the appliance, but that's no fun at all. Most people will be in an Active Directory environment, so let's configure it for that, shall we?
If you don't know the full path, you can also find this from the magical command line with dsquery:
Now, off to the LDAP Lookup Paths. There are three fields here and they are explained below:
If you've done everything correctly (highly unlikely in your first attempt), you will successfully pass the _Test Login_ tab. If you were successful on your first go, pat yourself on the back and open up a bottle of Luc Pirlet's Syrah-Mourvèdre en Fût de Chêne.
On the _Database_ tab, feel free to use the built-in PostgreSQL. It's fine for testing.
The _Server Certificate_ tab should already be taken care of, so move on.
The _Licenses_ tab is where you will need to import your trial license that you receive from VMWare upon successfully registering for the download.
The _Server_ tab is where you go to stop and start services.
The _VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 (1.3.0)_ tab is another prerequisite to being able to actually USE LCM.
Enter the necessary information, as shown below:
You can also configure SNMP or SMTP if you'd like. The default for SMTP will be to use the appliance.
Now you're ready to login. Fire up the VMO client and enter your Active Directory account that's a member of the VMO Admin Group, defined above.
Upon logging in you should see a screen that looks like this:
...I will cover actually using LCM in a soon to be posted future article.
- Jason Langone