vCenter Operation Manager 5.6 – deployment and configuration

As most of you already know, VMware vCenter Operations Manager Foundation 5.6.0 is free of charge for all VMware customers, regardless from license type.

What is this for ? vCenter Operation Manager – quick definition from VMware site.




  • Deploy vCenter Operation Manager  from ovf template. I’m not going to show how to deploy VM from ovf, is a very easy task. In fact you will be deploying vAPP with two VM’s Analytics VM  (vcm01) and UI VM (vcm02). Both VMs are SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (64bit).



  • Change virtual machine resources, vCPU and RAM by 50% in PROD, or even more for homelab.
  • Power vAPP on and wait untill both VM’s get powered on
  • Open VM remote console and verify configuration status
vCM remote console screen

vCM remote console screen

  • Log in to vCM https://<IP or FQDN of UI VM>/admin with below default credentials
    • user: admin
    • password: admin
  • Provide details of the vCenter Operation Manager, use hosting vCenter Server details or provide them manually.
vCM configuration

vCM configuration

  • change password for root and admin accounts
  • connect vCenter Operation Manager to vCenter server
vCM connection details to vCenter server

vCM connection details to vCenter server

  • connect linked vCenter server – optional
  • click on finish button to complete configuration,  process might take several minutes, be patient 🙂
  • When configuration process finished successfully enable vCenter Operation Manager plugin on vSphere client

That is basically all what one has to do in order to deploy vCenter Operation Manager. Using vSphere client go to Home –> Solution and Application and click on vCenter Operation Manager.

Looks like there is something wrong with my vCS :-)

Looks like there is something wrong with my vCS 🙂

  •  Assign license key for vCM in vCenter server and one can start use user webUI, default url is:
    • https://ipaddress of vCM UI machine/vcops-custom

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

  • Gabriel Maciel


    “vCenter Operation Manager Standard 5.6 is free of charge”, I think you meant vC Ops Foundation.



    • Hi, partially you are right, I meant VMware vCenter Operations Manager Foundation 5.6.0 – which is free of charge, thanks for pointing this out.