The documentation components are organized according to audience and deployment stage. You use the documents in a specific order. Because the VMware Validated Design for IT Automating IT builds on the VMware Validated Design for the Software-Defined Data Center, many of the documentation components are shared.

Figure 1. IT Automating IT Documentation Flow

Documentation for the VMware Validated Design for the Software-Designed Data Center

Before you start with implementing scenarios, you install and configure components of the VMware Validated Design for the SDDC following the guidelines in these documents.

Architecture and Design

The Architecture and Design document includes the Architecture Overview, which discusses the components in the design, and the Detailed Design, which explains configuration details.

Planning and Preparation

The Planning and Preparation document helps you plan your environment according to the requirements. This document has detailed information on required software versions and other details including IP addresses and user configuration. You can abstract from the information in this document to requirements in your environment.

Deployment Guides

Deployment Guides have step-by-step instructions and screen shots for manually installing and configuring the components of the design. All scenarios expect that you install and configure the set of products for Region A. Some scenarios also require that you install and configure Region B.

You can follow the IT Automating IT Use Case Deployment Using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager for automated deployment of the IT Automating IT use case.

Scenarios for IT Automating IT

The Scenarios document for the IT Automating IT use provide step-by-step instructions for common IT scenarios.

The scope of guidance depends on the use case. The Scenarios documentation changes as the Validated Design adds more use cases. Below is a list of some example use cases. See the Scenarios documentation for the complete current set.

  • Configuring Reservation Policies and Network Policies

  • Publishing Templates and Blueprints

  • Creating Self-Service Catalog

  • Creating Blueprints with Dynamic Resource Tiering

  • Integrating vRealize Automation with IPAM Using the Infoblox vNIOS Appliance

  • Creating Multi-Tier Applications

  • Micro-Segmentation for Multi-Tier Applications

  • Managing Virtual Machine Lease and Ownership

  • Cost Modeling and Monitoring

  • Forwarding Log Events to vRealize Log Insight

  • Monitoring Workload Health and Capacity

  • Configuring Unified Single-Machine Blueprints for Cross-Region Deployment