The vRealize Automation appliance is a pre-configured virtual appliance that contains the vRealize Automation server.

About this task

The server includes the vRealize Automation appliance product console, which provides a single portal for self-service provisioning and management of cloud services, authoring, administration, and governance.

During deployment of the virtual appliances, a PostgreSQL appliance database is created automatically on the first vRealize Automation appliance. A replica database can be installed on a second vRealize Automation appliance to create a high-availability environment.

Perform this procedure twice to deploy two appliances by using the configuration values for host A for the first appliance, and the configuration values for host B for the second appliance.  

Setting

Values for Host A

Values for Host B

Name

vra01svr01a.rainpole.local

vra01svr01b.rainpole.local

Select a folder or datacenter

vRA01

vRA01

Network

Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN (192.168.11.x)

Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN (192.168.11.x)

Cluster

SFO01-Mgmt01

SFO01-Mgmt01

Virtual Disk Format

Thin provision

Thin provision

VM Storage Policy

vSAN Default Storage Policy

vSAN Default Storage Policy

Datastore

SFO01A-VSAN01-MGMT01

SFO01A-VSAN01-MGMT01

Enable SSH service in the appliance

Selected

Selected

Hostname

vra01svr01a.rainpole.local

vra01svr01b.rainpole.local

Initial Root Password

vra_appA_root_password

vra_appB_root_password

Default gateway 

192.168.11.1

192.168.11.1

Domain Name

rainpole.local

rainpole.local

Domain Name Servers

172.16.11.4,172.17.11.4

172.16.11.4,172.17.11.4

Domain Search Path

rainpole.local,sfo01.rainpole.local,lax01.rainpole.local

rainpole.local,sfo01.rainpole.local,lax01.rainpole.local

Network 1 IP Address

192.168.11.51

192.168.11.52

Network 1 Netmask

255.255.255.0

255.255.255.0

Procedure

  1. Log in to vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

  2. In the Navigator pane, select Global Inventory Lists > vCenter Servers.
  3. Right-click the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local object and select Deploy OVF Template.
  4. On the Select source page, select Local file, browse to the location of the vRealize Automation Virtual Machine Template file on your file system, and click Next.
  5. On the Review details page, examine the virtual appliance details, such as product, version, download and disk size, and click Next.
  6. On the Accept License Agreements page, accept the end user license agreements and click Next.
  7. On the Select name and folder page, enter the following information, and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    Name

    vra01svr01a.rainpole.local

    Select a folder or datacenter

    vRA01





  8. On the Select a Resource page, select cluster SFO01-Mgmt01 and click Next.
  9. On the Select storage page, select the datastore.
    1. Select Thin Provision from the Select virtual disk format drop-down menu.
    2. Select vSAN Default Storage Policy from the VM storage policy drop-down menu.
    3. From the datastore table, select the SFO01A-VSAN01-MGMT01 vSAN datastore and click Next.




  10. On the Setup Networks page, select the distributed port group that ends with Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN from the Destination Network drop-down menu and click Next.




  11. On the Customize template page, configure the following values and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Enable SSH service in the appliance

    Selected

    Hostname

    vra01svr01a.rainpole.local

    Initial Root Password

    vra_appA_root_password

    Default gateway

    192.168.11.1

    Domain Name

    rainpole.local

    Domain Name Servers

    172.16.11.4,172.17.11.4

    Domain Search Path

    rainpole.local,sfo01.rainpole.local,lax01.rainpole.local

    Network 1 IP Address

    192.168.11.51

    Network 1 Netmask

    255.255.255.0

  12. On the Ready to complete page, review the configuration settings you specified and click Finish.
  13. Click vCenter server mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local. Select VMs tab. Type vra01svr01 in the search text box.




  14. Select virtual machine vra01svr01a.rainpole.local and click Power On icon.

    Wait until the vRealize Automation appliance virtual machine is completely powered on. This may take several minutes.

  15. From the Virtual Machine Console, verify that vra01svr01a.rainpole.local uses the configuration settings you specified.
  16. Repeat the procedure to deploy the second vRealize Automation virtual machine vra01svr01b.rainpole.local.