Category Archives: vRealize Automation

Installation Configuration and troubleshooting posts for vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 10: Catalog Management

By | 15/01/2018

In last post of this series we learnt how to create and design blueprints. This post will be focussed on catalog management. Once you have created blueprint items, next thing is to associate them with a service and defining the entitlements so that end user can start requesting items from catalog to which they are entitled for.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vRA Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 9: Configuring Blueprints

By | 15/01/2018

In last post of this series we learnt about Network profiles and Reservations. In this post we will be focussing on how to create blueprints. Blueprints in one thing with which you will be spending a lot of time day in day out. 

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vRA Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX

3: Installing SQL Server for IaaS DB

4: Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation Appliance read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 8: Creating Network Profiles & Reservations

By | 11/01/2018

In last post of this series we covered creation of Fabric groups and Business groups. In this post we will learn about Network Profiles and Reservations.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vRA Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX

3: Installing SQL Server for IaaS DB

4: Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation Appliance

5: Tenant and Users Initial Configuration

6: Configuring Endpoints

7: Creating Fabric and Business Groups read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 7: Creating Fabric and Business Groups

By | 08/01/2018

In last post of this series we learn how to add varios endpoints to vRA so that the endpoints can be consumed by the users. The resources presented by endpoints first needs to be aggregated in fabric groups so that they can be assigned to users. In this post we will learn about fabric groups and business groups and will walkthrough how to create them

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vRA Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 5: Tenant and users Initial Configuration

By | 04/01/2018

In last post of this series, I walked through the vRA appliance deployment and configuration. We verified that deployment was successful and we were able to login to vRA appliance using the SSO user. 

In this post we will learn about default tenant initial configuration and how to associate directory services with vRA.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX

3: Installing SQL Server for IaaS DB read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 4:Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation Appliance

By | 01/01/2018

In last 3 posts of this series, we learnt how to setup environment and integrate NSX with vSphere etc. There are lot of pre-works which needs to in place before going ahead with vrealize Automation deployment and I tried to cover few of them in earlier posts. Few will be covered in upcoming posts of this series.

If you have landed directly on this page then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 3: Installing IaaS DB

By | 31/12/2017

One of the requirement for installing vRA is to have a database server for IaaS components. This DB server can reside on same host where IaaS role will be configured or can be external to IaaS host.

To see list of supported database that can be used for IaaS DB, please see vRealize Automation Support Matrix document from VMware. 

Below table shows list of database that is suported with vRA 6.x/7.x

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Note: Express versions of MSSQL are not supported. If you don’t have MSSQL enterprise edition for lab setup and you want to use express edition in your lab then please see this article by Rob Bastiaansen. read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 2: NSX Deployment and Configuration

By | 31/12/2017

In last post of this series I discussed about my lab setup. In this post we will learn how to deploy and configure NSX.

Last year I did a complete lab on NSX and posted few blog articles on installation and configuration stuffs. So in this post I will not go into much details on NSX stuffs. If you are new to NSX then make sure you read VMware documentation on NSX deployment.

Also you can view below articles from my blogs on NSX.

1: Installing and Configuring NSX

2: Deploying NSX Controllers

3: Preparing Esxi Hosts and Cluster read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 1: Lab Setup

By | 31/12/2017

One of the first goal for 2018 is to pass my VCP7-CMA exam and thus I decided to set up a home lab on latest version of vRealize Automation i.e 7.3 and this post is all about my lab setup.

1: In my lab I am using vSphere 6.0 U3 and I have deployed 4 hosts and each host have 4 vCPU and 32 GB RAM.

2: Deployed vCSA 6.0 U3 (vCenter with Embedded PSC)

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3: Purely using vDS (v6.0) in my lab and I have created port groups for separation of traffic. Each Esxi host have 4 NIC’s :

  • vmnic0 for Management network : 192.168.109.X/24 
  • vmnic1 for vMotion network: : 192.168.108.X/24
  • vmnic2 and vmnic3 for iSCSI storage connectivity: 192.168.106.X/24

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4: Deployed openfiler and created 2 volumes. Both mapped to single target and servicing all 4 Esxi host that are in mgmt cluster. Thus each esxi host is mounting 2 luns from openfiler appliance.  read more

Troubleshooting vRealize IaaS SSL Certificate Registration Issue

By | 06/11/2015

Today I was working on replacing SSL certificates on my vRealize IaaS server so as to complete the SSL certificate replacement on all vRealize components that I have deployed in my lab.

I am not going to cover here the steps needed to generate signed SSL certificates as I have covered them in my earlier  blog posts. If you are looking for Step by Step demonstration of the same please have a look on this Article Grant Orchard.

After replacing the IaaS SSL certificates, IaaS Server needs to re-register the new certificates to the vRA Appliance. The commands used to achieve this is as follows: read more

Setup SSL Certificate For vSphere Lab-Part-5-Creating and Replacing vRealize SSL Certificates

By | 30/10/2015

In last post of this series we learnt how to replace SSL certificates for different vSphere Components like SSO, Inventory Service, vCenter Server and Web-Client. In this post I am going one step further and will demonstrate how to replace vRealize SSL Certificates.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series I would recommend reading them first from below links:

1: Installing and Configuring CA Server

2: Creating Certificate Templates

3: Creating SSL Web Certificates Template for VMware

Prerequisites read more

vRealize Automation- Deploying Virtual Machines from self-Service Portal

By | 21/09/2015

Finally we came to last post of this series where an end user will request a virtual machine for himself from the services he is entitled to.

In our last post Creating Entitlements we have created an entitlement for windows server 2003 and granted access to users manish@alex.local and alexhunt@alex.local. Lets see if these 2 users can request for a new virtual machine for themselves from the self-service portal and whether or not this request is completed.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links: read more

vRealize Automation- Creating Entitlements

By | 19/09/2015

Entitlements  allows you to grant users and groups access to Services and/or Blueprints as well as determine what actions they can perform with them. Entitlements offer a significant amount of flexibility in how you provide access to services through the catalog, who can access those services, what actions they can perform, and what is any approvals are required.

Entitlements are made up of three components. Services, Catalog Items, and Actions. You can choose to entitle complete Services which encompass all Items within the service or just select catalog Items. You can also determine what actions the users that belong to the entitle can perform against all the catalog items that are a part of the entitlement. read more

vRealize Automation- Creating a Service

By | 18/09/2015

Self-Service catalog is a new way of managing Catalog Items. Service categories organizes catalog items into related offerings to enable end users to browse catalog items they needed in an easier and convenient way.

In vRA Blueprints are published which enables them to be assigned to users and groups through the catalog management components of the vRA Service Catalog. In earlier version of vCAC Blueprints were assigned to groups within the Blueprint itself.

To enable blueprints to be available in the catalog we first need a service that we can publish them to. Services are the containers that hold the actual catalog items that can be requested. read more