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VMware vRealize Network Insight – vRNI Deployment

VMware vRealize Network Insight is a solution provided by VMware to deliver intelligent operations for software defined networking and security and customers can build an optimized, highly-available and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments. It extends the visibility across the virtual and physical networks and provide operational views to manage and scale VMware NSX deployments in a virtualized environment.

VMware vRealize Network Insight can help it’s customers to find the gap between virtual and physical network, find elusive answers to ensuring health and availability while also enhancing security and compliance with accelerating micro segmentation planing and deployment in the network. Troubleshooting time can be reduced across the virtual and physical infrastructure and NSX deployments can be managed and scaled with grater confidence across private and public cloud environments.

Those are only few benefits which can be experienced with VMware vRealize Network Insight

Downloading VMware vRealize Network Insight

VMware vRealize Network Insight can be downloaded in the VMware Virtual Network Assessment page. Use the VMware login credentials to start the download

Under Licenses and Download section download packages will be available, I’m going to use the evaluation license for this deployment

Basically, there are two components should be required in order to configure. vRealize Network Insight – Platform and Proxy should be individually downloaded

Once these appliances downloaded start as a generic OVF deployment with the  Platform OVA, configuration size can be selected during the deployment, “Large” option is recommended for the multi-node cluster deployment

Rest of the configuration should be done in the Virtual Machine console

Once it successfully deployed, open up the console and start the configuration. Default username can be seen in the console and few steps should be followed.

Default username: consoleuser

Default Password: ark1nc0ns013

Type : setup to start the configuration

Hit : Enter

Provide a password to the SSH User (Username is support)

Re-enter the password

Provide a password to the CLI User (Username is consoleuser)

Re-enter the password

Then Start the Network Configuration

Provide below IP details: 

  • IP Address
  • Netmask
  • Default Gateway
  • DNS
  • Domain Search

To Save the configuration hit : y

At the next step Provide the NTP server details, if you have a proxy server and Health telemetry provide the IP addresses accordingly. In my case I don’t use those, so I’m not gonna configure them

Once you completed the configuration allow the appliance to few more minutes to run the services

Once appliance started the services try to access it from the web browser with the provided IP address, just allow the security warning if you see in the browser due to the untrusted certificate. Provide the License key which you can get in the VMware download page of these OVAs and Validate them

Provide an admin password and activate it. At the mean time start the proxy OVF deployment as well

At the next window generate the shared secret for the Proxy VM

Copy the generated shared secret

At the middle of the vRealize Proxy deployment you have to provide the generated shared secret

You have to follow the same configuration options as we did in the Platform Appliance and provide the IP configuration. It will take sometime and will be paired with the Platform Appliance

Once you see the Proxy detection in the Platform GUI, click “Finish” to complete the configuration

Now we are done with the configuration and let’s login to the Platform Appliance

Provide the username and password for the Platform Appliance (Default username is : admin@local and Password has provided in a previous stage)

If you’d like you can join the “Customer Experience Improvement Program” at the next stage, Submit to continue

Click on “Switch to Full Product Evaluation” option at the bottom of the page

Integrate with Amazon Web Services option will be available after that

Connect The vCenter Server to vRealize Network Insight

Under “Accounts and Data Sources” section select the proxy (if you have more than one select the appropriate proxy accordingly) and validate the connectivity

Once it validated, select the “Enable the NetFLow (IPFIX) On this vCenter” option and select the switches which you want to enable the NetFlow Settings. Provide a “Nick Name” to the vCenter Server and “Notes” if required. Submit the changes to complete the configuration.

Click “Finish” to complete the vRealize Network Insight Deployment

Allow sometime to populate the data to the dashboard

Article Short Link: https://tcrum.net/vRNI-Deployment

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Aruna Lakmal

Associate Technical Specialist at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 7 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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