How to upload external management pack (solution) for VMWare vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs) 8.0

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I must admit I have not added a new non-internal management pack to vROPs since 6.x.  I thought I would take a moment to write a refresher article and maybe help those who are attempting to do it for the first time.  I hope y’all find this article useful.

Step 1. Get to add mgmt pack screen

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vRealize Operations Manager 
Home 
Dashboards 
Alerts 
Environment 
version 
ACTIVATE 
Administration 
BACK 
Solutions 
Cloud Accounts 
Other Accounts 
Repository 
Inventory 
Policies 
Access 
Configuration 
Management 
History 
Support 
Repository 
version 
ACTIVATED 
VMware Service Discovery Manageme... 
version 
DEACTIVATE 
80.148b '091 
Status 
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Status 
Operating Systems / Remote Service „ 
VMware Management Pack for AWS 
Not Configured 
Status 
Provided by 
Version 
ACTIVATED 
Not Configured 
VMware Inc. 
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VMware Inc. 
1.0 12385042 
VMware Inc. 
8_0.14857715 
ADD/UPGRADE 
Provided by 
Version 
ACTIVATED 
Provided by 
Version 
ACTIVATE

Administration > Repository > Add/Upgrade

Step 2. Select the .pak file you are wanting to add

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Desktop vROPS Mgmt Packs 
folder 
Name 
Type 
PAK File 
Search 
PAK File 
Open 
p 
Solution to Install 
ur file system to select a PAK file for the solution you want to install. 
Date modified 
1/21/2020 8:49 AM 
28,410 KB 
Cancel 
ile name: 
the 
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K file to import 
e PAK file even if it is already installed. 
BROWSE... 
efault Content, overwriting to a newer version provided by this update. User 
tions to DEFAULT Alert Definitions, Symptoms, Recommendations, Policy 
ns, Views, Dashboards, Widgets and Reports will be overwritten. If you are 
a product software update, clone or backup the content before you 
proceed. 
UPLOAD 
CANCEL

Click Browse
Now navigate to the .pak file.  In my example I am using the VxRail Management package for vROPs.

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Add Solution 
1 Select Solution 
2 End User License Agreement 
3 Install 
Select a Solution to Install 
Browse your file system to select a PAK file for the solution you want to install. 
VxRail Management Package_for vROps 1.0 15477007.pak 
The selected file is ready to upload and install. Click Upload to continue. 
Install the PAK file even if it is already installed. 
BROWSE... 
Reset Default Content, overwriting to a newer version provided by this update. User 
modifications to DEFAULT Alert Definitions, Symptoms, Recommendations, Policy 
Definitions, Views, Dashboards, Widgets and Reports will be overwritten. If you are 
installing a product software update, clone or backup the content before you 
proceed. 
UPLOAD 
CANCEL 
NEX -

Click upload.  I am leaving the two boxes unchecked because this is a net new install.

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Add Solution 
1 Select Solution 
2 End User License Agreement 
3 Install 
Select a Solution to Install 
Browse your file system to select a PAK file for the solution you want to install. 
Select a PAK file to import 
Install the PAK file even if it is already installed. 
BROWSE... 
El Reset Default Content, overwriting to a newer version provided by this update. User 
modifications to DEFAULT Alert Definitions, Symptoms, Recommendations, Policy 
Definitions, Views, Dashboards, Widgets and Reports will be overwritten. If you are 
installing a product software update, clone or backup the content before you 
proceed. 
LIPLQAD 
100% 
The PAK file has been uploaded and is ready to install. 
PAK file details 
PAK filename VxRail Management Package_for vROps 1.0 15477007.pak 
Name 
Description 
Version 
VxRail Management Pack 
Manages and Discovers VxRail Devices 
1.0.15477007 
NEXT 
e The PAK file signature is valid. 
CANCEL

Step 3. Accept the EULA

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Add Solution 
1 Select Solution 
2 End User License Agreement 
3 Install 
End User License Agreement 
Read and agree to the End User License Agreement to continue. 
END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT 
This Software (meaning application, microcode, firmware, and 
operating system software in object code format) and associated 
materials contain proprietary and confidential information, and its use is 
subject to, and expressly conditioned upon acceptance of, this End 
User License Agreement and the documents incorporated by reference 
below ("E-EULA"). 
This E-EULA is a legally binding agreement between the entity that has 
obtained the Software ("End User") and Licensor (which may be a Dell 
Inc. Affiliate or an authorized reseller ("Reseller"), as explained below). If 
End User has a written, signed agreement with a Dell Inc. Affiliate that 
expressly provides for the licensing of this Software, then that 
agreement, and not this E-EULA, will govern. 
End User may have an employee or an employee of a vendor ("You") 
download and install the software on End User's behalf. This E-EULA 
becomes binding on End User when You click on the "Agree" or 
"Accept" or a similar button below, proceed with the installation, 
download, use, or reproduction of this Software, or otherwise agree to 
be bound by this E-EULA. By accepting the E-EULA, as set out in the 
prior sentence, You represent to Licensor that: 
accept the terms of this agreement 
CANCEL 
BACK 
NEXT

Step 4.  Install
This automatically happens as soon as you click next on the previous screen.

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Add Solution 
1 Select Solution 
2 End User License Agreement 
3 Install 
Install Solution 
The selected solution is being installed. 
Installation Details 
Node Address: DALPRDVROPS01.freemanco.com 
State: Preapply Validated (Candidate) 
Node Address: DALPRDVROPS01.freemanco.com 
State: Applied System Update (Candidate) 
Node Address: DALPRDVROPS01.freemanco.com 
State: Applied Adapter Pre Script (Candidate) 
Node Address: DALPRDVROPS01.freemanco.com 
State: Applied Adapter (Candidate) 
Node Address: DALPRDVROPS01.freemanco.com 
State: Applied and Cleaned (Completed) 
FINISH

Click finish and enjoy the new mgmt pack.

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ADD/UPGRADE 
Other Management Packs 
VxRail Management Pack 
Status 
Provided by 
Version 
UNINSTALL 
Not Configured 
VMware Inc. 
1.0.15477007

As you can see from my example the new package has been deployed.
If you click on the three dots it will show you what it encompasses.

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Content 
Dashboards (3) 
Views (15) 
Report Templates (5) 
Alert Definitions (67) 
Recommendations (56) 
Symptom Definitions (67) 
Policies (O) 
Custom Groups (O) 
Super Metrics (O) 
Inventory Trees (O) 
Inventroy Tree Extensions (O) 
Metric Configs (O) 
Note: 
The content list may be incomplete for some 
older installations. The list will only be able to 
display content which was deployed using the 
new installer. Older items deployed through 
the use of scripts may be missing from this list. 
When uninstalling a solution, items which are 
not part of this list must be cleaned up 
manually once the uninstall process is 
complete. 
This list only shows content to which you have 
access. The list will not contain items which are 
owned by other users and shared with you. 
The numbers in parenthesis denote the 
number of items installed during the initial 
deployment and may not reflect the current 
status. To see a list items which currently exist 
in the system, expand each node.

Now you can play with all the new widgets that have been added.

Summary:
Uploading additional management packs has never been and should never be difficult.  However, if you haven’t done it in a while like myself then you may need a quick refresher.  It beats clicking around till your finger’s muscle memory kicks in.  As always I hope someone finds this quick how to useful.

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