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.

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

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vRA Approval Policy

Click on administration – Approval Policies – Click on New – Select catalog Item and okay

Provide the name, change the status to Active – Click on pre-approval level

Provide the approval Name – Select the users who will be approving the blue prints.

vRA Catalog Management

Create Services

Click on Catalog management – Services – New service – provide Name – select logo and change status to active.

Catalog Items

Click on catalog Items – Select the Blue print – Click configure –


For every catalog item configure below

  • select Icon
  • Status : Active
  • Service : Select the service created before


For every catalog item configure below

  • select Icon
  • Status : Active
  • Service : Select the service created before

Create Entitlements

Click on Entitlements – New – Provide Name – Select Status as active – next


Entitled Services – Click on (+) – Select blue prints for this entitlements – select the approval policy.


Click on entitlement actions – (+) – select all actions – Okay


Review all and click on Finish

Testing vRA Blue Prints

Now logoff and login back as the requester user which used in Business group.

Click on Blue print and request

Request Blue Print

Provide Name and select lease days and no of deployments.


Verify the status of Deployments

Approve Blue Print

Now login back as approver – Click on inbox – select the request and approve ID.


Verify the details and provide the justification and approve.

Blue Print Deployment and Testing

Now login back as requester and check the status.


We can see the VM is being created in vCenter by vRA


After VM is created the status will show as successful.


As we had given users the access to power cycle and all we can test.


It is restarted.


Status will be shown as below and VM Snapshot also can be created using below.

 

With this the installation and configuration of vRA 7.5 for IaaS and XaaS is completed.

Next post (part9) will cover the installation issues and fixed. if you had faced any issues try to review this post 9.

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

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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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