Each VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) SDDC is eligible for vRealize Automation Cloud trial activation. Your organization can initiate one Quick cloud automation setup for VMware Cloud on AWS for each available VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.

Note: If your organization already has a vRealize Automation Cloud subscription, trial activation is not available. An existing subscription appears as a vRealize Automation Cloud card in your VMware Cloud Services interface. As well, this feature is not available if your organization is using Direct Connect to configure networking in your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.

In this procedure, you'll activate the vRealize Automation Cloud trial from a sample VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.

For an overview, see Quick cloud automation setup for VMware Cloud on AWS.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, you'll need to have the following credentials for your source VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. The source SDDC is the one you'll use to initiate the trial activation and automatically create starter objects in vRealize Automation Cloud.
  • Be logged in to VMware Cloud on AWS as a user with the Organization Owner role in the organization that owns the source SDDC.
  • Have an API token for a user with administrator access to the source SDDC.
    When generating the API token, enable the Organization Owner organization role and the following service roles:
    • VMware Cloud Assembly
    • VMware Code Stream
    • VMware Service Broker
    • VMware Cloud on AWS
      • Administrator OR Administrator (Delete Restricted)

        Choose the administrator role that matches your administrator role as assigned in VMware Cloud Services > Identity & Access Management:

        Screen shows where to match administrator role selection.
      • NSX Cloud Admin
  • Have user name and password credentials for the source SDDC vCenter for a user with the Cloud Administrator role.

Procedure

  1. Log in to your VMware Cloud on AWS console, open the page that lists all of your SDDCs, and select the SDDC that you want to use as the source for your vRealize Automation Cloud trial.

    Screen shows SDDC selected in application sidebar menu.

  2. On the selected SDDC page, click its Add Ons tab.

    Screen shows Add-ons tab for selected SDDC.

  3. On the SDDC's vRealize Automation Cloud add on card, click Activate.

    Screen shows Activate button on vRealize Automation Cloud addon in SDDC addon page.

    If the SDDC is already being used by an active vRealize Automation Cloud trial, an Open vRealize Automation Cloud button is shown instead of the Activate button. You open an existing trial by clicking the Open vRealize Automation Cloud button.

    A VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC can only be used by one vRealize Automation Cloud trial at a time.

    If you do not see the vRealize Automation Cloud add on card, verify that you have the required access credentials to the SDDC as listed in the Prerequisites section above.

  4. On the resulting Activate vRealize Automation Cloud page, enter a valid API token and the vCenter user name and password for your selected SDDC.
    To obtain a valid API token, open the onscreen instructions by clicking the i help icon at the end of the API Token element. The prompts are summarized below:
    1. Click API Tokens page in the help text box to open the API Tokens page.
    2. Click Generate Token to display the Generate a New API Token options.

      While Regenerate is an option, this example uses the Generate Token option.

    3. Enter a new token name, for example myinitials_mytoken.
    4. Set the Token TTL to never expire.
    5. In the Define Scopes section, select the Organization Owner check box for the Organization Roles setting.

      Screen shows stated service selections required for the role.

    6. Also in the Define Scopes section, select the following Service Roles check boxes:

      Your page may contain additional role options. Only the role options mentioned here are required by the trial application. Selecting the All Roles check box is an easier option but less secure as it may contain additional and unnecessary roles.

      • VMware Cloud Assembly - all
      • VMware Code Stream - all
      • VMware Code Stream - all
      • VMware Cloud on AWS
        • Administrator OR Administrator (Delete Restricted)

          Choose the administrator role that matches your administrator role in Identity & Access Management.

          Screen shows stated service selections required for the role.
        • NSX Cloud Admin
    7. Click Generate.
    8. In the generated token page, click Copy and click Continue.
    9. Paste the copied token in the API Token element space.

      Screen shows the copied API token and Apply button.

    The steps are summarized in the screen prompt.

    Screen shows i-help step sequence that is also described in this topic.

  5. If prompted, accept the vRealize Automation Cloud terms of service. Click Activate and wait for the activation to complete.

    Screen shows activation status statement.

    The following events occur automatically, with no further user intervention, during the vRealize Automation Cloud trial activation process. The process takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
    • Your organization is created with 45 day trial access to vRealize Automation Cloud.
    • The required vRealize Automation Cloud user roles are granted to you.
    • An SDDC firewall is opened for a whitelisted CIDR to the vSphere and NSX Management applications that are associated to the SDDC.

      These temporary firewall rules are used to deploy a vRealize Automation Cloud cloud proxy on the source SDDC. They are removed immediate after the cloud proxy is deployed.

    • The VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC is registered in vRealize Automation Cloud.
    • A cloud proxy is deployed and powered on in the associated vCenter Server and data collection polls the source SDDC to create vRealize Automation Cloud resources such as machines, computes, and networks. The cloud proxy is a required service in the SDDC's vCenter Server that is ordinarily created by a vRealize Automation Cloud cloud administrator.

      Note that the process of creating and starting the cloud proxy service can take up to 10 minutes. This is a one-time event and is not reflective of the time it will take to subsequently open and access vRealize Automation Cloud during the trial period.

      The trial activation process creates a VMware Cloud on AWS on-demand network segment in the SDDC for the cloud proxy, which you can see on the VMware Cloud on AWS Network & Security page after the trial activation is complete. The network segment is based on a request task ID. To assign firewall rules for that segment, the trial activation process also creates a compute group and a management group for that on-demand network segment. The groups are also based on a request task ID. After the groups are created, the process creates a gateway firewall rule, which contains the cloud proxy, and applies it to the groups as a compute gateway and management gateway, respectively. When the cloud proxy deployment step is finished, the temporary inbound rules are removed.

    • A VMware Cloud on AWS cloud account is created that corresponds to the source SDDC. The cloud account name corresponds to the source SDDC name.
    • A project and cloud zone are created for the VMware Cloud on AWS cloud account/region using functions that are available in the Cloud Assembly service. The project name and cloud zone name correspond to the source SDDC name.
    • Network profiles and storage profiles are created, including a single network segment, as are image mappings and flavor mappings. The network profile name and storage profile name correspond to the source SDDC name.
    • A lease policy is specified and a single cloud template is created that contains information for each virtual machine image (template) in the source SDDC. The cloud template name corresponds to the source SDDC name.
    • A catalog item is created in the Service Broker service that corresponds to the cloud template. The catalog item name corresponds to the source SDDC name.
  6. When trial activation is completed, click Open vRealize Automation Cloud on the SDDC's vRealize Automation Cloud add on card.
    The vRealize Automation Cloud trial opens in the Service Broker service, displaying the catalog item that was created by the trial activation process as shown in the following sample image.

    Screen shows resulting catalog item in Service Broker.

What to do next

You can experiment with catalog items, cloud templates, and profiles, and resource objects using the three services that comprise vRealize Automation Cloud - Service Broker, Cloud Assembly, and Code Stream. For initial guidance, see Explore Quick cloud automation setup for VMware Cloud on AWS.

For more information about vRealize Automation Cloud, see the vRealize Automation product page and vRealize Automation product documentation.