As you might have heard, Red Hat has acquired ManageIQ. This is an exciting acquisition as it brings many new technologies to Red Hat that will continue to enable it to deliver on the vision of an Open Hybrid Cloud. I have begun to get hands on with ManageIQ’s EVM Suite in order to better understand where it fits in relation to Red Hat’s current products and solution, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and CloudForms. I thought I’d document my experience here in the hope it might be useful to others looking to gain insight into EVM suite.
EVM is a snap to deploy. It is provided as an OVF based appliance, so it can be deployed in just about any virtualization provider. In the case of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) I simply utilized the rhevm-image-uploader tool to upload the EVM appliance to my RHEV environment.
rhevm-image-uploader -r rhc-rhevm.lab.eng.bos.redhat.com:8443 -e EXPORT upload evm-v126.96.36.199.ovf
Once it was uploaded it showed up as a template in the RHEV Management (RHEV-M) console in my export domain. I then imported the template.
Upon importing the template, I created a virtual machine based on the EVM template.
Once the virtual machine was running I could immediately access the EVM console. The longest part of the whole exercise was waiting for the virtual machine to be cloned from the template.
Deployment was fast. Next I logged in and uploaded my license. The web user interface has a menu at the top which is organized into functional areas of the EVM suite. There is a section for “Settings and Operations” which allows you to configure the EVM suite and apply new fixpacks among other things.
After browsing through the configuration of the EVM appliance you’ll likely want to add a management system. In this case, I added both RHEV and vSphere as management systems within EVM. I also refreshed the relationships for the management systems so that EVM could inventory all the objects within each management system. For example, how many hosts, clusters, and virtual machines are within the provider.
Once the relationships have been refreshed, you can begin exploring the inventories of all the management systems within EVM.
I hope you’ve found this useful – Stay tuned for more hands on with ManageIQ EVM.