In the REST API, vRealize Automation requires HTTP bearer tokens in request headers for authentication of consumer requests. A consumer request applies to tasks that you can perform in the vRealize Automation console, such as requesting a machine.

To acquire an HTTP bearer token, you authenticate with an identity service that manages the communication with the SSO server. The identity service returns an HTTP bearer token that you include in all request headers until the token expires, or you delete it. An HTTP bearer token expires in 24 hours by default, but you can configure the token with a different duration.