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.

Please find the links for all the posts in this series below.

  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

Create local vRA admin account

Open https://vra.sslab.com or the vra url, click on vRealize automation console

Login as administrator and password used while configuring vra


Click on tenant – default tenant ( vsphere.local)


Click next


Select New to create new admin account.


provide details for the local admin account with password.


review and next


Click on the search bar – provide the name created earlier (vra ) and search – Click on the account.

Add this account similarly as tenant admin and Iaas Admin


Review that its been added and click finish.


Now log out to test login with new account.

Active Directory Integration with Sub tenant

Now as we are using the local accounts we need to integrate with active directory.

Note: for integrating with active directory for sub-tenant first the default tenant vsphere.local needs to be integrated.

Login to vra default tenant with vra-admin local account created earlier.


Click on administration – directories – add Active directory over LDAP

Provide the ad details as shown below, select samaccount name


provide the base DN and service account DN with password, test connection


click Next


make sure the username is mapped to samaccountname – next


provide the DB for AD Groups if you give root it will fetch all in my case 53 groups. select all to import


provide the user DN’s


review and click sync directory


As my ad is small it took few seconds , if your domain in large with lots of users wait for 5-10 mins for sync to finish.

 Adding domain account as vRA admins

Now log back in to vra console using administrator account to add domain accounts as vra and iaas admins like before.


Login as administrator of vra


Click on default tenant


click on administrators


search for vraadmin@sslab.com , domain account and add as tenant and Iaas admin


review that its added and click finish.

Testing AD admin access to vRA

Now login back to vra and select the domain of AD as shown below and next


login with domain credentials


Notice that now our domain account is a vra admin.

With this Part 4 Default tenant config is completed and AD integration is done. next will move on to creation of sub-tenant (part5)

Note: never configure or use default tenant as those settings or global. always use a subtenant.

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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