Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.5 Step by Step Series

vRealize Automation is a cloud automation tool that accelerates the delivery of IT services through automation and pre-defined policies, providing high level of agility and flexibility for developers, while enabling IT teams to maintain friction less governance and control.

With growing demand to IT automation every organization is moving towards the SDDC journey in which automation is the key component. IT is not time consuming like before. We need to agree that deploying of VRA require proper planning and design in place else issues can be faced while deploying.

To make it easy as always said this series is broken into 9 parts with detailed step by step guides including pre-requisites. Follow the posts in sequence so deliver a successful VRA services to your organization.

VRA Accelerate the end-to-end delivery and management of infrastructure and applications. It will reduce operational cost by replacing time-consuming, manual processes and gain additional cost savings through automated reclamation of inactive resources.

VRA provides a secure portal where authorized administrators, developers or business users can request new IT services and manage specific  IT resources, while ensuring compliance with business policies which will be processed through a common service catalog to provide a consistent user experience despite underlying heterogenous infrastructure.

Below is the on demand services provided by VRA.

Diagram of delivering IT and cloud services to users.

To make it simple i am using only one vRA appliance with Orchestrator and one vra-iaas server for IIS and DEM agents. They can be installed on multiple servers as well.

Detailed installation information for separating roles can be found in vRA 7.5 installation guide here.

Part 1: Deploying vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.5 Appliance

In this post will cover the first step for vRA to deploy the appliance.

Part 2: Installing SQL for vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.5

This post will cover the SQL server installation for vRA. Please note for before starting vRA configuration and IaaS server we need SQL server

Part 3: vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.5 Installation and IIS server Configuration

In this post we will do the initial configuration of vRA which is very crucial.

Part 4: vRA 7.5 Initial Configuration of Default tenant and AD Directory Sync

As vRA installation and initial configuration is completed in previous posts. Will configure local vra admin accounts, integrate vra with ad and configure ad users as admin for vra in this post.

 

Part 5: vRA 7.5 Sub tenant Creation and Branding

In this post will cover the Sub tenant creation.

why do we need sub tenant and branding. We will also cover ad integration in this post as you are aware vra appliance will have in built identity manager instance which will help in such integrations will discuss them below in detail.

 

Part 6: vRA 7.5 Custom Groups, End points and Reservation Configuration

In this post will cover the creation of custom groups, end points, fabric groups and reservations and why do we need these to be configured.

 

Part 7: vRA 7.5 Infrastructure and XaaS Blue Prints Creation

This post will cover creation of Blue prints for Virtual machines and Any thing as a service (XaaS).

 

Part 8: vRA 7.5 Approvals, Catalog Management and Testing Blue Prints

In this post will cover the vRA approvals , catalog management like services, catalog items and entitlements. After creating all these will be covering how to test as if in typical prod environment as requester and approve the request and we will see how VM’s are automatically created and VM power actions will be carried out.

Part 9: vRA 7.5 fixing installation errors and configuration issues

In this post will cover the issues and the fixes which we might face during the vRA installation and configuration.

 

Please find the links for all the posts in this series below. Click on the link below for the next post in this series.

  1. Introduction and Design : Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.5
  2. Part 1: Deploying vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.5 Appliance
  3. Part 2: Installing SQL for vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.5
  4. Part 3: vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.5 Installation and IIS server Configuration
  5. Part 4: vRA 7.5 Initial Configuration of Default tenant and AD Directory Sync
  6. Part 5: vRA 7.5 Sub tenant Creation and Branding
  7. Part 6: vRA 7.5 Custom Groups, End points and Reservation Configuration
  8. Part 7: vRA 7.5 Infrastructure and XaaS Blue Prints Creation
  9. Part 8: vRA 7.5 Approvals, Catalog Management and Testing Blue Prints
  10. Part 9: vRA 7.5 fixing installation errors and configuration issues

Hope this post is useful, please leave your comments below.

Siva Sankar

Siva Sankar works as Solution Architect in Abu Dhabi with primary focus on SDDC, Automation,Network Virtualization, Digital Workspace, VDI, HCI and Virtualization products from VMWare, Citrix and Microsoft.

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