You use the Installation wizard to deploy a distributed installation with load balancers for high availability and failover.

About this task

Once you start the wizard you must complete it. If you cancel the wizard, you must redeploy the appliance to run the wizard again.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the first vRealize Automation appliance.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://vra01svr01a.rainpole.local:5480/.
    2. Log in using the following credentials. 

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      root

      Password

      vra_appA_root_password

    The vRealize Automation Installation wizard appears.

  2. On the Welcome to the vRealize Automation Installation Wizard page, click Next.
  3. On the End User License Agreement page, accept the terms of the agreement and click Next.
  4. On the Deployment Type page, specify the following settings and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    Enterprise deployment

    Selected

    Install Infrastructure as a Service

    Selected





  5. On the Installation Prerequisites page, specify the following time server settings, click Change Time Settings, and click Next.

    Option

    Value

    Virtual Appliance Time Sync. Mode

    Use Time Server

    Time Server

    ntp.sfo01.rainpole.local

    Time Server

    ntp.lax01.rainpole.local

  6. On the Discovered Hosts page, verify that all Windows IaaS virtual machines are listed and that the time offset is within the -1 / 0 / 1 values and click Next.
    Note:

    The Time Offset column shows the time delta between the vRealize Automation appliance and the Windows IaaS VMs. Time synchronization is critical. If there are values outside of the acceptable values, remediate those before you proceed.

  7. On the vRealize Appliances page, enter the following settings to add the second vRealize Appliance based on the table below, click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    Host

    vra01svr01b.rainpole.local

    Admin User

    root

    Password

    vra_appB_root_password

  8. In the pop up certificate warning message box, click OK to proceed.
  9. On the Server Roles page, select the respective check boxes for each server based on their role and click Next.

    Hosts

    Role

    vra01iws01a.rainpole.local

    Initial Web Server and Model Manager

    vra01iws01b.rainpole.local

    Other Webs

    vra01ims01a.rainpole.local

    Manager Service

    vra01ims01b.rainpole.local

    Manager Service

    vra01dem01a.rainpole.local

    DEM

    vra01dem01b.rainpole.local

    DEM

    sfo01ias01a.sfo01.rainpole.local

    Agent

    sfo01ias01b.sfo01.rainpole.local

    Agent

  10. On the Prerequisite Checker page, verify that the Windows servers for IaaS components are correctly configured.
    1. Click Run and wait for the prerequisite checker to complete.
    2. If warnings appear, click Fix.
    3. Verify that the status of all IaaS components changes to OK and click Next.
  11. On the vRealize Automation Host page, enter vra01svr01.rainpole.local in the vRealize Address text box and click Next.
  12. On the Single Sign-On page, enter and confirm vra_administrator_password for the default tenant account administrator@vsphere.local, and click Next.
  13. On the IaaS Host page, configure the following values and click Next.

    Option

    Value

    IaaS Web Address

    vra01iws01.rainpole.local

    Manager Service Address

    vra01ims01.rainpole.local

    Security Passphrase

    sql_db_pass

    Confirm Passphrase

    sql_db_pass

  14. On the Microsoft SQL Server page, configure the following values, click Validate, wait for successful validation, and click Next.

    Option

    Value

    Server Name

    vra01mssql01.rainpole.local

    Database Name

    VRADB-01

    Create new database

    Selected

    Default Settings

    Selected

    Use SSL for database connection

    Deselected

    Windows Authentication

    Selected

  15. On the Web Role page, configure the following values for the IaaS servers, click Validate, wait for successful validation, and click Next.

    Setting

    Value

    Website Name

    Default Web Site

    Port

    443

    vra01iws01a.rainpole.local Username

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    vra01iws01a.rainpole.local Password

    svc-vra_password

    vra01iws01b.rainpole.local Username

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    vra01iws01b.rainpole.local Password

    svc-vra_password





  16. On the Manager Service Role page, configure the following values for the IaaS Web servers, click Validate, wait for successful validation, and click Next.

    Active

    IaaS Host Name

    Username

    Password

    Selected

    vra01ims01a.rainpole.local

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

    Deselected

    vra01ims01b.rainpole.local

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password





  17. On the Distributed Execution Managers page, click the Add icon as needed, specify the following settings, click Validate, wait for successful validation, and click Next.

    IaaS Host Name

    Instance Name

    Username

    Password

    vra01dem01a

    DEM-WORKER-01

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

    vra01dem01a

    DEM-WORKER-02

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

    vra01dem01a

    DEM-WORKER-03

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

    vra01dem01b

    DEM-WORKER-04

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

    vra01dem01b

    DEM-WORKER-05

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

    vra01dem01b

    DEM-WORKER-06

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

  18. On the Agents page, configure the following values, click Validate, wait for successful validation, and click Next.

    IaaS Host Name

    Agent Name

    Endpoint

    Agent Type

    Username

    Password

    sfo01ias01a.sfo01.rainpole.local

    VSPHERE-AGENT-01

    sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    vSphere

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

    sfo01ias01b.sfo01.rainpole.local

    VSPHERE-AGENT-01

    sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    vSphere

    rainpole.local\svc-vra

    svc-vra_password

  19. On the next three certificates configuration pages, configure the certificates for all vRealize Automation. 

    You complete three different certificate configuration pages for the different nodes using the same process and values from the vra.key file for the Private Key and the vra.3.pem file for all certificates stored in the vra folder.  For more information on certificate configuration, see "Use the Certificate Generation Utility to Generate CA-Signed Certificates for the SDDC Management Components" in the VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation document.

    1. On the vRealize Appliance Certificate page, specify the following settings, click Save Imported Certificate, and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Certificate Action

      Import

      RSA Private Key

      -----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----------BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----private_key_value

      Certificate Chain

      -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----Server_certificate_value-----END CERTIFICATE----------BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----Intermediate_CA_certificate_value-----END CERTIFICATE----------BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----Root_CA_certificate_value-----END CERTIFICATE-----

      Passphrase

      vra_cert_passphrase

    2. Repeat this step on the Web Certificate and the Manager Service Certificate pages of the vRealize Automation Installation Wizard.




  20. On the Load Balancers page, click Next.
    Note:

    You configured load balancing in Load Balancing the Cloud Management Platform in Region A

  21. On the Validation page, click Validate, wait for successful validation, and click Next
  22. On the Create Snapshots page, do not close the wizard. Snapshot each of the vRealize Automation virtual machines using the following instructions.
    1. In a browser, go to https://sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client to log in to vCenter Server.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

    3. From the Home page, click VMs and Templates.
    4. In the Navigator, expand the sfo01m01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local > sfo01-m01dc > sfo01-m01fd-vra folder.
    5. Right-click the vra01dem01a.rainpole.local VM and select Snapshots > Take Snapshot.
    6. In the Take VM Snapshot dialog box, specify the following settings and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Name

      Prior to vRA IaaS component installation

      Snapshot the virtual machine's memory

      Deselected

      Quiesce guest file system

      Deselected

    7. Repeat the step to create snapshots of the remaining vRealize Automation VMs.

      Virtual Machine

      vCenter Folder

      vra01svr01a.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      vra01svr01b.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      vra01mssql01.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      vra01iws01a.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      vra01iws01b.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      vra01ims01a.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      vra01ims01b.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      vra01dem01a.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      vra01dem01b.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vra

      sfo01ias01a.sfo01.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vraias

      sfo01ias01b.sfo01.rainpole.local

      sfo01-m01fd-vraias

      After you create snapshots of all virtual machines, return to the vRealize Automation Installation wizard.

  23. On the Create Snapshots page, click Next.
  24. On the Installation Details page, click Install.
  25. On the Installation Details page, verify that all items complete successfully and click Next.
  26. On the Licensing page, enter your vRealize_Automation_License_Key, click Submit Key, and click Next.
  27. On the Telemetry page, select Join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program and click Next.
  28. On the Post-Installation Options page, select Continue to proceed without creating initial content and click Next.
  29. Click Finish to exit the wizard.