vRealize Automation 7.3 POC Deployment – Part 1

In order to test a vRealize Automation, you can create a minimum (or POC) deployment for testing and demo purposes.

In this Blog I will go through the installation of vRA 7.3 Step by step.

I already have a Domain Controller and a system ready for the IaaS Part (just Windows Server OS ready to install the components)

The first part, Part 1 : Deploying vRA Template

Start with downloading the vRealize OVF File from the website from VMware

In vCenter select Deploy OVF Template…

In the Select template screen, click Local File and browse to the location where the OVF is saved

Select the file to use (In this case VMware-vR-Appliance-7.3.0.536-5610496_OVF10.ova)

And click on Open, after that, click on Next

In the next screen, give the Appliance a name (or leave it default), select the datacenter (or folder) and click Next

In the next screen, select a resource where to run the deployed template.
In my demo I use 10.0.0.7 -> vRA7.3 (is a resource pool)
And click Next to continue

In the next screen review the details of the deployment and verify if everything is correct. If everything is correct, click Next to continue

In the next screen, accept the license agreement by clicking Accept and then click Next

In the next screen, select the storage for the files for the deployed template.
Because of my Home Lab, I will use Thin Provisioning (in order to save some storage), I also do not select a VM Storage Policy, in my lab it has no use at this point. I leave the selected (and correct) datastore and click Next to continue

In the next screen, select the correct network for the appliance, I leave it default because in my case, VM Network is the correct network to connect to.
Click next to continue

In the next screen, we need to customize the template, here we need to enter all the settings for the vRealize Appliance

After I filled in all the settings, it looks like this:

When all the settings are correct, click Next to continue

In the next screen, review if everything is correct, and if so, click on Finish to continue

After clicking Finish, the OVF with the settings above will be deployed:

When the deployment is finished, continue reading at Part 2 : Configuring vRA Appliance