vRA 7.3 – Part 2

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.