The Deployment of Cloud Operations and Automation in the First Region provides step-by-step instructions for adding and connecting cross-region Workspace ONE® Access™ and VMware vRealize® Suite products to Region A of a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) deployment of VMware Validated Design™.

Intended Audience

This design is intended for cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, and cloud administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to automate and monitor an SDDC that is deployed according to VMware Validated Design. The information is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology and data center operations.

Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Deployment of Cloud Operations and Automation in the First Region is compatible with VMware Cloud Foundation™ 4.1.

Required VMware Software

Deployment of Cloud Operations and Automation in the First Region is compliant and validated with certain VMware Workspace ONE Access and vRealize Suite product versions on VMware Cloud Foundation. See VMware Validated Design Release Notes.

Before You Apply This Guidance

The sequence of the documentation of VMware Validated Design follows the stages for implementing and maintaining an SDDC.

To deploy the SDDC operations and automation solutions by following the prescriptive path of VMware Validated Design, your environment must have a certain configuration. For information on the deployment workflow of the SDDC components, see Deployment of VMware Validated Design in Introducing VMware Validated Design.

Table 1. Required SDDC Components
Workload Domain Management Componet Deployment Method
Management domain VMware ESXi™ hosts Manual deployment
VMware vCenter Server® Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder™
NSX-T Manager and NSX-T Edge nodes with a region-specific and cross-region virtual network segments Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder
VMware vSAN™ as principal storage Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder
NFS as supplemental storage Manual deployment
SDDC Manager Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder
Region-specific Workspace ONE Access instance connected to VMware NSX-T™ Data Center Manual deployment
Virtual infrastructure workload domain or vSphere with Tanzu workload domain ESXi hosts Manual deployment
vCenter Server Automated deployment by using SDDC Manager
NSX-T Manager and NSX-T Edge nodes Automated deployment by using SDDC Manager
Principal storage Automated deployment by using SDDC Manager
Supplemental storage Manual deployment

To apply Deployment of Cloud Operations and Automation in the First Region, you must:

  • Complete the Planning and Preparation Workbook with your deployment options included.

  • Deploy a single-region SDDC management domain. See Deployment of the Management Domain in the First Region.

  • Optionally, deploy one or more SDDC workload domains. See Deployment of a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain in the First Region or Deployment of a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain in the First Region.

  • Optionally, read Architecture and Design for Cloud Operations and Automation.

See Documentation Map for VMware Validated Design.

The same requirement applies if you are following the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation to deploy the operations and automation solutions. See the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation.

Using VMware Cloud Foundation for Cloud Operations and Automation Deployment

VMware Validated Design uses SDDC Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation for automated deployment and life cycle management of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. You also use SDDC Manager to connect a workload domain to vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight.

VMware Validated Design follows an example naming convention. The naming provides uniqueness of the objects across the SDDC. You can identify managed objects directly if you use many components that are linked together, for example, multiple vCenter Server systems working in Enhanced Linking Mode or management dashboards in vRealize Operations Manager monitoring multiple instances of the same component. For information on the naming convention, see the Planning and Preparation Workbook.

Table 2. Automated and Manual Deployment and Configuration for Cloud Operations and Automation
Operation Type By Using SDDC Manager Automation Manual Configuration
Deployment Deploy vRealize® Suite Lifecycle Manager™ in VMware Cloud Foundation mode By using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, deploy:
  • Cross-region Workspace ONE Access
  • VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™
  • VMware vRealize® Log Insight™
  • VMware vRealize® Automation™
Post-deployment configuration
  • Create the NSX-T load balancer for cross-region Workspace ONE Access, vRealize Operations Manager, and vRealize Automation.
  • Connect the vRealize Suite components to each other.
  • Connect vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight to the deployed workload domains.
  • Configure role-based access control in the cross-region Workspace ONE Access deployment for the vRealize Suite components.
  • Connect the vRealize Suite products to the region-specific Workspace ONE Access.
  • Connect vRealize Operations Manager to the NSX-T Manager instances.
  • Connect NSX-T Edge nodes and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager to vRealize Log Insight.
  • Connect vRealize Automation to vRealize Operations Manager.
  • Connect vRealize Automation to the workload domain vCenter Server and NSX-T Manager instance.
  • Configure the vRealize Suite components for multiple availability zones.