• vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 5 – Creating Reservations

      The final step in the deployment and setup process for vRA is to create a Reservation. A reservation allows you to allocate a set or subset of fabric group resources to a business group.   Before creating a Reservation, Network Profiles will need to be created. Navigate to Infrastructure -> Network Profiles. Click on New and select a routed, external, or nat profile. I have configured a few different networks: One VLAN backed external network, and three routed logical vxlan networks. Specify a name, DNS, the network ranges (Starting and ending IP). It’s also possible to come back to […]

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 4 – Creating Fabric Groups and Business Groups

      The next step in the vRA deployment process is to create both Fabric Groups and Business Groups. Fabric Groups are a way to group compute resources through the selections of vCenter Clusters. Business Groups are the mapping of the users to certain set of resources and services, usually this is in the form of a business unit.   Both of these steps are required in order to be able to move forward and create blueprints in vRA.   To set up a Fabric group, log into vRA with the tenant admin and navigate to Infrastructure -> Endpoints -> Fabric […]

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 3 – Configuring Endpoints – vCenter, orchestrator and NSX

      The next step for configuring vRA is to configure the endpoints. I will be going through the integration for Orchestrator, vCenter and NSX. Note: If you configure the orchestrator endpoint, then the vCenter endpoint, the NSX endpoint will be configured automatically. I didn’t realize this at first, but found this information out from Michael Rudloff’s blog. Step 1. Log into the vRA appliance via SSH and run the following command to start the vco-configurator.   vra:~ # /etc/init.d/vco-configurator start Starting tcServer Using CATALINA_BASE:   /var/lib/vco/configuration Using CATALINA_HOME:   /opt/pivotal/pivotal-tc-server-standard/tomcat-8.5.4.B.RELEASE Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /var/lib/vco/configuration/temp Using JRE_HOME:        /usr/java/jre-vmware Using […]

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 2 – Configuring Tenants and Users

    After the initial installation of vRealize Automation, you will need to configure the Tenants. Log into the vRA portal with the administrator account, and navigate to Administration -> Tenants. The default tenant is vSphere.local, which I will be using for my configuration. However, if you want to create a new tenant, click the New button.     Provide a Name, Description, URL name, and contact email (optional). Click Submit and Next when complete.     Search for your user, and add to both Tenant and IaaS administrators. Click Finish.     Finally, log out of vRA, and log in with […]

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  • vRealize Automation 7.2 Deployment Part 1 – Installing the components

      vRealize Automation has great integration with NSX to help automate the deployment of networking and security services for applications. Imagine being able to drag and drop NSX virtual networks, routed networks, security groups, security tags, load balancers and more onto a Design canvas to provide a consistent, automated, self provisioned portal for your users or customers. This is now a reality when using both of the solutions together! Here is a teaser screenshot of the drag and drop canvas.     If you want to read more on the integration, please see the vRA and NSX Solution Overview.   […]

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