You can deploy and manage vRealize Automation in SDDC Manager.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that you have created an Active Directory (AD) account.

    You must create an AD user account with permission to join Windows VMs to the domain. This account is used to install and run the management agents and IaaS components for the vRealize Automation infrastructure including proxy agents.

  • Verify that both AD and SDDC Manager use a valid NTP server and are synchronized.

  • Verify that you have a valid license key for vRealize Automation, which is purchased separately from Cloud Foundation.

  • Verify certificate and private key.

    You must have a multi-SAN certificate and private key generated by a trusted certificate authority. During generation, you must specify the short and full names of all vRealize Automation VMs and load balancer servers.

  • Verify that you have created a subzone in the Active Directory DNS.

    Specifically, you must configure zone forwarding from the AD's DNS to the SDDC Manager's DNS. See #GUID-2E3822B5-9CED-49F3-A182-D840155E63C7.

  • Verify that Microsoft SQL Server is configured properly.

    You must join the Microsoft SQL Server VM to the Active AD, create a new login for the AD administrative user in SQL Server, modify the firewall and port configuration, and create the SQL database.

    Note:

    For more information about the SQL Server configuration prerequisite, see Configure Microsoft SQL Server for vRealize Automation in Cloud Foundation.

  • Verify that you have an OVA template for the vRealize Automation Windows VM, using Windows 2012 R2.

    Your Windows server image must meet the following requirement for IaaS.

    For details about preparing this OVA template, see #GUID-69758E3B-C486-4426-9A31-C8B6C1298D33.

Procedure

  1. On the SDDC Manager Dashboard, click Settings.
  2. Click vRealize.

    The vRealize page displays, showing all vRealize products.

  3. Click vRealize Automation.

    The vRealize Automation splash page displays.

  4. Click Deploy vRealize Automation.

    The Installation Prerequisites page displays the prerequisites you must complete before beginning the installation.

  5. Verify the readiness of each prerequisite by checking the adjacent check box.

    When each check box is checked, it turns green. When all the boxes are checked, the BEGIN button at the bottom of the page is activated.

    Note:

    You can select all the check boxes by clicking Select All in the top right corner of the page.

  6. Click BEGIN.

    The Configure vRealize Automation Environment page displays.

  7. Complete the following settings to continue the installation.

    All settings are required.

    Setting

    Description

    vRealize Automation Appliances

    HA Appliance 1

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

    HA Appliance 2

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

    IaaS Web VMs

    IaaS Web VM 1

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

    IaaS Web VM 2

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

    IaaS Manager VMs

    IaaS Manager VM 1

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

    IaaS Manager VM 2

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

    IaaS DEM VMs

    IaaS DEM VM 1

    Enter the short hostname.

    IaaS DEM VM 2

    Enter the short hostname.

    IaaS Agent VMs

    Agent VM 1

    Enter the short hostname.

    Agent VM 2

    Enter the short hostname.

    Certificate Details

    Certificate Chain

    Enter the certificate chain.

    Certificate Private Key

    Enter a private key for the certificate.

    Certificate Passphrase

    Enter the configured passphrase for the certificate.

    vRealize Automation License

    License Key

    Enter your vRealize Automation license key.

    Default Tenant Administrator

    First Name

    Enter the administrator's first name.

    Last Name

    Enter the administrator's last name.

    Email

    Enter the administrator's email.

    Username

    Define a username for the tenant administrator.

    Password / Confirm Password

    Define and confirm a password for the tenant administrator.

    Load Balancers

    When you deploy vRealize Automation, a NSX edge with three load balancers is automatically created.

    vRealize Automation

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

    IaaS Web

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

    IaaS Manager

    Enter the short hostname as it appears in the SAN certificate.

  8. Click Next.

    The Configure Windows IAAS page displays.

  9. Complete the following settings to continue the installation.

    All settings are required.

    Setting

    Description

    IAAS Template

    Use Existing OVA Template

    Select to use and specify an existing OVA template.

    Windows OVA Template Path

    Provide the existing Windows OVA template path from vCenter Server.

    Windows License Key

    Provide the license key for the Windows installation.

    Local Administrator Password

    Set the password for the local Windows administrator.

    Active Directory

    IP Address

    Provide the IP address of the DNS server (for the Active Directory) to resolve the service records for the Active Directory.

    Domain Controller Name

    Provide the name of the Active Directory controller.

    Domain Name

    Provide the full domain name for the Active Directory.

    Sub-domain Name

    Specify the zone delegated to the SDDC Manager where all the management products reside. For example, if the domain is domain.local, the sub domain would be sub.domain.local.

    Username

    Provide a username with administrative permission to join Windows VMs to the activre directory.

    Password / Confirm Password

    Provide and confirm a password for the administrative user.

    MS SQL Server

    Fully Qualified Domain Name

    Provide the FQDN for the database server.

    Database Name

    Specify the database name. This value is case-sensitive.

    Username

    Optional. Provide the username of the database. The default value is the account used to join the vRealize VMs to Active Directory.

    Password / Confirm Password

    A password is only required if a non-default value was specified for the Username.

  10. Click Next.

    The VLAN Configuration page displays.

  11. Configure the dedicated VLAN for the vRealize components.

    If you completed this VLAN configuration when deploying vRealize Operations, you can skip this step. See Deploy vRealize Operations in Cloud Foundation.

    Setting

    Description

    VLAN ID

    Enter a valid vRealize Operations VLAN ID between 24 and 3967.

    Subnet

    Provide a valid address for the dedicated VLAN subnet.

    Subnet Mask

    Provide a valid address for the dedicated VLAN subnet mask.

    Exclude IP Address Ranges

    Optionally, specify IP ranges to be excluded from the dedicated VLAN. You can specify multiple ranges by clicking Click to Add.

  12. Click Next.

    The vRealize Automation Deployment Summary page displays.

  13. Review the configuration details in the Deployment Summary.

    If necessary, you can use the BACK button to return to preceding pages to modify your settings.

  14. Click Submit.

    If the deployment fails, this page displays a deployment status of Failed. In this case, you have the option to Retry or Uninstall.

    Important:

    If you elect to uninstall, be aware that the uninstall operation does not remove the computer accounts from AD or the DNS records of IaaS hosts. As a result, this could cause future re-installation operations to fail. It is recommended that you manually remove the computer accounts from AD and the DNS records, and delete and rebuild the SQL Server database. See Configure Microsoft SQL Server for vRealize Automation in Cloud Foundation.

Results

After vRealize Automation successfully deploys in your Cloud Foundation environment, the SDDC Manager > Settings > vRealize > vRealize Automation page displays an ACTIVE status. The Connect Workloads... link is now activated, enabling you to connect workloads to vRealize Automation.

What to do next

You must manually start the vRealize Orchestrator configuration service. See Start the vRealize Orchestrator Configuration Service.