Part 2 : Configuring vRA
In part 2 I will go through the configuration of vRA after successfully deploying the vRA OVF Template.
Power on the Deployed Template:
After turning on the Appliance, wait a few minutes and go to the appliance IP address entered before, in my case : 10.0.0.112:5480
Log in with the root account and password entered before:
Next, the Welcome to the vRealize Automation Installation Wizard occurs:
Click Next to proceed with the wizard.
Accept the Terms of agreement and click Next
In the next screen, select the Deployment type.
In my home lab I will use Minimal deployment, which is enough for a demo or Proof of Concept
Click Next to Continue.
In the next screen, the installation prerequisites are shown
Before we can proceed, we need to install the vCAC-IaaSManagementAgent-Setup.msi on the IaaS Windows System. We need to download this file, transfer it to the IaaS Machine and install it there.
Go to the IaaS Server and enter the vRA URL, proceed to the step as above and click the link to download the file.
Once downloaded, click on the file to install
When a security warning occurs, click Run
When the Setup Wizard starts, click Next to Continue:
In the End User License Agreement, tick the I accept the terms of this agreement and click Next
In the next screen, select the destination folder where the Management Agent needs to be installed (in my lab, I leave it default)
Click Next to continue
In the next screen, the information for the Management Site Service needs to be filled in, fill in the vRA Appliance Address, in my case : https://vra.jadijkstra.nl:5480
The Root Username is : root and the password is which is entered before.
The Management Site Service certificate needs to be loaded, click on Load to load it. It will be filled in automatically, after that, tick the I confirm the fingerprint matches the Management Site Service SSL certificate.
When everything is OK, click next to continue.
In the next screen, fill in the user name and password for an account with administrative privileges for the local Windows Machine, in my case the local account is already filled in. I only need to fill in the password.
In the last screen before installation, click Install to continue
When the installation is finished. Click Finish to close the installer:
When finished, return to the vRA Installation Wizard and notice that the IaaS host is discovered:
At this point it is possible to continue with the installation and click Next to proceed.
In the next screen, the Prerequisites Checker is shown, click Run to check all the prerequisites of the IaaS Machine:
There are in my lab several prerequisites which are not OK for installation:
Click on Fix in order to try to fix them automatically
When the Prerequisites Checker is finished, everything should be OK, when everything is OK, click Next to proceed to the next step.
In the next screen, enter the vRealize Automation Host.
You can tick the Resolve Automatically to automatically resolve the vRealize hostname. I did this In my environment
Click next for the next step
In the next screen, enter a password to assign system administrator credentials for the default tenant account
In the next screen, fill in the information for the IaaS Host
Fill in the IaaS Web Address, in my case : iaas.jadijkstra.nl
Username, password and Database Security PassPhrase, I used a simple passphrase : IaaSInstall
The next step is creating a SQL Database, select the server name and leave the database name default.
When validation is successful:
Click Next to proceed
In the Distributed Execution Managers screen, leave all items default, they should be OK and click Validate to validate all settings. When all Parameters are valid, click OK to continue.
In the Agents screen, leave all items default, they should be OK and click Validate to validate all settings. When all Parameters are valid, click OK to continue.
In the next screen, create a vRealize Appliance Certificate. For my lab, I use Generated Certificate. Fill in Organization, Organizational Unit and Country Code and click on Save Generated Certificate
When the Certificate is Created, click Next to proceed to the Next step.
For the Web Certificate, the same story as above, for my lab I will do with self signed certificates. I fill in Organization, Organizational Unit&Country Code and after that, Click Save Generated Certificate
When the certificate is generated, click Next to proceed to the next step
In the next screen, validation needs to be done, validation can take up to 30 minutes, so please be patient. Click Validate to validate the configuration
When validation is successful, click Next to proceed to the next step
Advice is to create a snapshot of the vRA Appliance in order to revert back when the installation would fail
In the Installation Details Screen, click on Install to install vRA.
Monitor the installation status:
Installation half way:
When the installation is complete, click Next to proceed to the next step
In the next screen, enter a license key to continue
When the license key is correct, Click Next to continue
In the next screen, choose to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program
Click next to proceed to the last step of the installation of vRealize Automation
For a normal installation, Continue is fine, for a proof of concept, Request initial content can be used to evaluate a proof of concept vRealize Automation deployment
I did the Initial Content Configuration, the username is configurationadmin and the password needs to be defined.
Click Create Initial Content to start the proces.
Monitor the proces of Content Creation…
When the proces is completed, click on Next to close the installation Wizard
When the installation is finished, click Finish to close the installer
At this point, the vRealize Automation Installation is finished.