You deploy vRealize Automation in VMware Cloud Foundation using the SDDC Manager user interface.
The process for deploying vRealize Automation varies slightly depending on whether you are using application virtual networks (AVNs) or a VLAN-backed distributed port group. See vRealize Suite Products and VMware Cloud Foundation for more information.
- Deploy vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. See Deploy vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in Cloud Foundation.
- Verify you have a valid license key for vRealize Automation, which is purchased separately from VMware Cloud Foundation. You must add the license key to VMware Cloud Foundation before deploying vRealize Automation. See Add a vRealize Automation License Key to Cloud Foundation.
- Verify you have downloaded the vRealize Suite bundles from the VMware Depot. See Downloading an Install Bundle.
- Verify that IP allocation and forward/reverse DNS records are prepared for the vRealize Automation components.
- Verify you have created the required Active Directory (AD) service account for vRealize Automation.
- Verify that you have configured a certificate authority in SDDC Manager. See Configure a Microsoft Certificate Authority in SDDC Manager.
- Verify the multi-SAN certificate and private key generated by a trusted certificate authority is available for vRealize Automation.
- Verify Microsoft SQL Server is properly deployed and configured for vRealize Automation.
- Verify you have created and exported a Microsoft Windows Server OVA template for the vRealize Automation IaaS components.
For more information, see the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Guide.
- On the SDDC Manager Dashboard, navigate to .
The vRealize Suite navigation appears, listing the vRealize Suite products available for your VMware Cloud Foundation system deployment.
- Click vRealize Automation.
The vRealize Automation page displays.
- Click Deploy.
The vRealize Automation Installation Prerequisites page displays the prerequisites that you must complete before beginning the installation.
- Review the readiness of each prerequisite and verify by selecting each adjacent check box.
When all the boxes are selected, the Begin button is activated.
- Click Begin.
The vRealize Automation Installation wizard opens.
- On the Deployment Details page, enter the settings and Next to continue.
All settings are required.
- If you are using AVNs, the Network Settings page displays read-only information about the application virtual networks that vRealize Automation will use. Click Next.
- On the FQDNs page, enter the settings and Next to continue.
Important: The installation derives the Active Directory domain name for the computer account from the DNS suffix provided in the FQDN for each vRealize Automation IaaS component. For example, an FQDN of vra01iws01a.rainpole.local derives the Active Directory domain rainpole.local. If the DNS suffix is different from Active Directory domain name, the installation will be unsuccessful. For more information, see Knowledge Base article 59128.Note: FQDNs must start with a letter and can contain only letters, digits, dashes, and underscores.
- On the Account Information page, enter the settings and Next to continue.
Note: All settings are required.
- On the Review Summary page, review a summary of the installation configuration settings.
This page displays any validation errors that require attention.Note: If necessary, you can use the Back button to return to preceding pages and modify settings. You can also proceed without validation.
- Click Finish.
The vRealize Automation page displays with the following message: Deployment in progress. If the deployment fails, this page displays a deployment status of Failed. In this case, you can Retry or Uninstall.Important: The uninstall operation does not remove the computer accounts from Active Directory. As a result, this could cause a reinstallation to fail. Manually remove the computer accounts from Active Directory and recreate the Microsoft SQL Server database for vRealize Automation. See the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Guide.
- (Optional) Click View Status in Tasks to view the details of the deployment in progress or a deployment failure.
The Tasks panel opens at the bottom page. You can open individual tasks to view details.
- (Optional) After the successful deployment of vRealize Automation, click the vRealize Automation link below the page title.
The vRealize Automation user interface opens in a new browser tab.
After the successful deployment of vRealize Automation, the vRealize Automation page in displays an ACTIVE status and displays controls that enable you to connect vRealize Automation to workload domains.
What to do next
You must manually start the vRealize Orchestrator configuration service. See Start the vRealize Orchestrator Configurator Service in VMware Cloud Foundation.