VRA- 7.1 Installation and Configuration -How To

vRealize Automation 7.1 Release -Build 4270058

What is new in VRA 7.1 

The vRealize Automation 7.1 release includes resolved issues and the following changes.
•Streamlined installation process using a silent installer.
•Agent and prerequisite command line interface.
•Migration tool to move data from a source vRealize Automation 6.2.x environment to a fresh vRealize Automation 7.1 environment while preserving the source environment.
•IPAM integration framework with ability to deploy machines and applications with automated assignment of IP addresses from leading IP address management systems, with the first integration with Infoblox.
•Integrated support for Active Directory policies.
•Custom property dictionary controls to improve property definitions and vRealize Orchestrator actions.
•Reconfigure life-cycle events by means of event broker workflow subscriptions.
•Additional vSphere provisioning options and data collection improvements.
•Ability to manually conduct horizontal scale in and scale out of application environments deployed by vRealize Automation, including the automatic update of dependent components.
•Customizable message of the day portlet available on the home page.
•Additional information and filter options on the Items page.
•Discontinued support for PostgreSQL external database.

Diagram of Creating Blueprints

With Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), you can rapidly model and provision servers and desktops across virtual and physical, private and public, or hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Software components automate the installation, configuration, and life cycle management of middleware and application deployments in dynamic cloud environments. Applications can range from simple Web applications to complex and even packaged applications.

With the XaaS, XaaS architects can create XaaS blueprints and resource action, and publish them as catalog items.

The service catalog provides a unified self-service portal for consuming IT services. Users can browse the catalog to request items they need, track their requests, and manage their provisioned items.

Systems Requirements
Operating Systems, Databases, and Web Servers Supported Requirements.
https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-automation-71-support-matrix.pdf

vRealize Automation Installation Components
1.vRealize Automation Appliance
2.Management Agents
3.vRealize Automation Infrastructure as a Service
a.IaaS Website
b.Model Manager
c.Manager Service
d.IaaS Database
e.Distributed Execution Managers
f.vRealize Automation Agents

Installation

In this demonstration we will only review and perform – Minimal VRA 7.1 –Deploy a proof of concept (PoC) or development environment with a basic topology.

Depending on your deployment requirements, you can install and configure vRealize Automation components by using the rainpole installation scenario, the Installation Wizard, or through the management console.

Choose a minimal installation to deploy a proof of concept (PoC) or development environment with a basic topology. Choose an enterprise installation to deploy a production environment with the topology best suited to your organizational needs.

Prerequisite Installation Steps.

  • Host Names and IP Addresses
  • Hardware and Virtual Machine Requirements
  • Browser Considerations
  • Password Considerations
  • Windows Server Requirements
  • vRealize Automation Port Requirements
  • User Accounts and Credentials Required for Installation
  • Security
  • Time Synchronization
  1. Deploy VRA Appliance-

To deploy the vRealize Automation appliance, a system administrator must log in to the vSphere client and select deployment settings. Some restrictions apply to the root password you create for the vRealize Automation administrator.

Prerequisites

■Download the vRealize Automation appliance from the VMware Web site.

■ Log in to the vSphere client as a user with system administrator privileges.

Deploy OVA Procedure

1 Select File > Deploy OVF Template from the vSphere client.

 

2 Browse to the vRealize Automation appliance file you downloaded and click Open.

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3 Click Next.

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4 Click Next on the OVF Template Details page.

 

5 Accept the license agreement and click Next.

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6 Enter a unique virtual appliance name according to the IT naming convention of your organization in the Name text box,  for example, VRA. select the datacenter and location to which you want to deploy the virtual appliance, and click Next.

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7 Follow the prompts until the Disk Format page appears.

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8 Verify on the Disk Format page that enough space exists to deploy the virtual appliance and click Next.

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9 Follow the prompts to the Properties page.

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The options that appear depend on your vSphere configuration.

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10 Configure the values on the Properties page.

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a Enter the root password to use when you log in to the virtual appliance console in the Enter password and Confirm password text boxes.

b. Open web browser to VRA appliance address to configuration VRA-

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https://<VRA IP or FQDN> Port number 5480

for example, https://192.168.2.10:5480/

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 —  VRA applicande password prompt, user the root user and  with the password set at the step a.

b Select or uncheck the SSH service checkbox to choose whether SSH service is enabled for the appliance.

This value is used to set the initial status of the SSH service in the appliance. If you are installing with the Installation Wizard, enable this before you begin the wizard. You can change this setting from the appliance management console after installation.

Installation Minimal Deployment Steps.

Install a minimal deployment for proof-of-concept work. The wizard for minimal installation assumes you are installing all IaaS components on a single Windows machine.
Minimal deployments typically support a single vRealize Automation appliance, one IaaS server, and use a vSphere agent to support endpoints.

Prerequisites

■Verify that you have met the prerequisites described in Preparing for vRealize Automation Installation

■Deploy the vRealize Automation Appliance  Procedure

1 Open a Web browser.

2 Navigate to the vRealize Automation appliance management console by using its fully qualified domain name, https://vra-va-hostname.domain.name:5480/.

for example, https://192.168.2.10:5480/

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3 Log in with the user name root and the password you specified when the appliance was deployed.

 

4 When the Installation Wizard appears, click Next.

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5 Accept the End User License Agreement and click Next.

6 Select Minimal Deployment and Install Infrastructure as a Service on the Deployment Type screen and click Next.

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7 Check that the prerequisites listed on the Installation Prerequisites page have been met and that the Window server on which you installed the Management Agent is listed.

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8 If needed, you can change the timekeeping method for your vRealize Automation appliance. Click Change Time Settings, if you make changes.

9 ClickNext.

10 Click Run on the Run the Prerequisite Checker screen to verify that the Windows server in your minimal deployment is correctly configured for vRealize Automation use.

*Download the vCAC Iaas Management Agent Setup to IAAS Managment Server..


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Direct download link https://<vraurl:5480/vCAC-IaaSManagementAgent-Setup.msi

For example.
https://192.168.2.21:5480/installer/vCAC-IaaSManagementAgent-Setup.msi

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Because this step runs remotely, it can take several minutes for the step to run.

a If a failed status is returned for a machine, click Fix to start automatic corrections or click Show Details and follow the instructions.

The Fix option applies corrections and restarts the IaaS Windows server.

b Click Run to rerun the checker.

c When all statuses show success, click Next.
11 Proceed through the next screens, supplying the requested information to configure your deployment components, including the Web server, Manager Service, Distributed Execution Manager, vSphere proxy agent, and certificate information.

Additional information is available from the Help buttons.
Reference.
VRA 7.1 Version Release Notes reference.
http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-71-release-notes.html


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