A machine blueprint is the complete specification for a virtual, cloud or physical machine. A machine blueprint determines the machine's attributes, how it is provisioned, and its policy and management settings. Machine blueprints are published as catalog items in the service catalog.

Machine blueprints can be specific to a business group or shared among groups in a tenant. Tenant administrators can create shared blueprints that can be entitled to users in any business group in the tenant. Business group managers can create group blueprints that can only be entitled to users within a specific business group. A business group manager cannot modify or delete shared blueprints. Tenant administrators can view or modify group blueprints only if they also have the business group manager role for the appropriate group.

If a tenant administrator sets the properties of a shared blueprint so that it can be copied, the business group manager can also copy the shared blueprint for use as a starting point to create a new group blueprint.

Blueprint Definitions

Define the services that provide basic workload provisioning to your tenants. This design introduces services for provisioning instances of Windows Server, Linux Server, or Windows Server with SQL Server installed.

Table 1. Single-Machine Blueprints in This Validated Design

Name

Description

Base Windows Server (Production)

Standard Rainpole SOE deployment of Windows 2012 R2 available to the Production business group.

Base Linux (Production)

Standard Rainpole SOE deployment of Linux available to the Production business group.

Windows Server + SQL Server (Production)

Base Windows 2012 R2 Server with a silent SQL 2012 Server installation with custom properties. This is available to the Production business group.

Table 2. Base Windows Server Requirements and Standards

Service Name

Base Windows Server

Provisioning Method

When users select this blueprint, vRealize Automation clones a vSphere virtual machine template with preconfigured vCenter customizations.

Entitlement

Both Production and Development business group members.

Approval Process

No approval (pre-approval assumed based on approved access to platform).

Operating System and Version Details

Windows Server 2012 R2

Configuration

Disk: Single disk drive

Network: Standard vSphere Networks

Lease and Archival Details

Lease:

  • Production Blueprints: No expiration date

  • Development Blueprints: Minimum 30 days – Maximum 270 days

Archive: 15 days

Pre- and Post-Deployment Requirements

Email sent to manager confirming service request (include description details).

Table 3. Base Windows Blueprint Sizing

Sizing

vCPU

Memory (GB)

Storage (GB)

Default

1

4

60

Maximum

4

16

60

Table 4. Base Linux Server Requirements and Standards

Service Name

Base Linux Server

Provisioning Method

When users select this blueprint, vRealize Automation clones a vSphere virtual machine template with preconfigured vCenter customizations.

Entitlement

Both Production and Development business group members.

Approval Process

No approval (pre-approval assumed based on approved access to platform).

Operating System and Version Details

Red Hat Enterprise Server 6

Configuration

Disk: Single disk drive 

Network: Standard vSphere networks

Lease and Archival Details

Lease:

  • Production Blueprints: No expiration date

  • Development Blueprints: Minimum 30 days – Maximum 270 days

Archive: 15 days

Pre- and Post-Deployment Requirements

Email sent to manager confirming service request (include description details) .

Table 5. Base Linux Blueprint Sizing

Sizing

vCPU

Memory (GB)

Storage (GB)

Default

1

6

20

Maximum

4

12

20

Table 6. Base Windows Server with SQL Server Install Requirements and Standards

Service Name

Base Windows Server

Provisioning Method

When users select this blueprint, vRealize Automation clones a vSphere virtual machine template with preconfigured vCenter customizations.

Entitlement

Both Production and Development business group members

Approval Process

No approval (pre-approval assumed based on approved access to platform).

Operating System and Version Details

Windows Server 2012 R2

Configuration

Disk: Single disk drive 

Network: Standard vSphere Networks 

Silent Install: The Blueprint calls a silent script using the vRealize Automation Agent to install SQL2012 Server with custom properties.

Lease and Archival Details

Lease:

  • Production Blueprints: No expiration date

  • Development Blueprints: Minimum 30 days – Maximum 270 days

Archive: 15 days

Pre- and Post-Deployment Requirements

Email sent to manager confirming service request (include description details)

Table 7. Base Windows with SQL Server Blueprint Sizing

Sizing

vCPU

Memory (GB)

Storage (GB)

Default

1

8

100

Maximum

4

16

400