The scenarios in this guide illustrate how an IT organization can automate provisioning in their Software-Defined Data Center using vRealize Automation. Each scenario has a set of prerequisites, and consists of a set of procedures that you perform in sequence.

Your goals determine which solution path you follow.

  • If you are working on a single-region implementation, you use a Distributed Logical Router (DLR). In that case, you first prepare for Region A deployment, and then perform the procedures for your scenario in sequence.

  • If your goal is a dual-region deployment, you must set up the two DLRs or UDLR as part of the Region A and Region B foundation. Then you have these choices.

    • If you use a UDLR, you must select existing networking when you deploy the scenario. You cannot use any on-demand networking types when you configure a blueprint. You must select existing networking.

    • If you use DLRs, you also set them up as part of the foundation deployment, and select them during scenario deployment.

When you have decided on implementing a scenario, you follow these steps.

  1. Deploy the SDDC virtual infrastructure and cloud management components following the steps in the VMware Validated Design for the Software-Defined Data Center documentation.

  2. Perform additional prerequisite procedures, according to the scenario and the deployment type.

    Note:

    The distributed logical router (DLR) and universal distributed logical router (UDLR) that are used in the scenarios are created as part of the SDDC virtual infrastructure setup.

Table 1. Deployment Types and Solution Paths

Deployment Type

Solution Path

Single-region deployment using DLR

  1. Deploy Region A of the virtual infrastructure which is the SDDC foundation.

  2. Perform all procedures in Preparing for Region A Scenario Deployment.

  3. Perform all procedures listed in the scenario, including prerequisites.

Dual-region deployment using DLR

  1. Deploy Region A and Region B of the virtual infrastructure which is the SDDC foundation.

  2. Perform all procedures in Preparing for Region A Scenario Deployment.

  3. Deploy the Region A scenario

  4. Perform all procedures in Preparing for Region B Scenario Deployment.

  5. Deploy the Region A scenario again, but use Region B networking, host name, and other information.

    Note:

    Creating Single-Machine Blueprints and Self-Service Catalogues in Region B illustrates how do deploy a Region B scenario.

Cross-region deployment using UDLR

  1. Deploy the virtual infrastructure which is the SDDC foundation.

  2. Perform all procedures, but use the UDLR for networking. Configure Unified Single Machine Blueprints for Cross-Region Deployment is an example of this solution path.

Figure 1. Solution Paths for Scenarios