Welcome to the vRealize Automation SaltStack Config documentation. Learn how to provision, configure, and deploy software to your virtual machines at any scale using event-driven automation. You can also use SaltStack Config to define and enforce optimal, compliant software states across your entire environment.

Introducing the New VMware Aria Family Name

Starting with the VMware Aria Automation April 2023 and upcoming VMware Aria Automation 8.12 release, the documentation suite is hosted on a new VMware Aria Automation product documentation landing page that includes documentation for:

  • Aria Automation Assembler (formerly Cloud Assembly)
  • Aria Automation Consumption (formerly Service Broker)
  • Aria Automation Pipeline (formerly Code Stream)
  • Aria Automation Orchestrator (formerly vRealize Orchestrator)
  • Aria Automation Config (formerly SaltStack Config)
  • Aria Automation for Secure Hosts (formerly SecOps)
This new landing page also includes the VMware Aria Automation Release Notes.
Important: If you are looking for SaaS or 8.12 and later documentation for vRealize Automation SaltStack Config (formerly vRealize Automation Saltstack Config) or VMware Aria Automation for Secure Hosts (formerly vRealize Automation Saltstack SecOps), see the VMware Aria Automation documentation home page.

SaltStack Config integrates with vRealize Automation

SaltStack Config is tightly integrated with vRealize Automation and is one of its key product features. SaltStack Config is available for both the on-prem and cloud versions of vRealize Automation. See VMware vRealize Automation Documentation for more information.

Switching between cloud and on-prem documentation

SaltStack Config has many of the same features for both the cloud and on-premises versions, but you can use the version to selector to read the product documentation for your version.

About the version selector Example (click image to enlarge)

With an article open, click the Selected product version drop-down menu at the top of the article to switch between the cloud/SaaS version and an 8.x version.

Ready to get started with SaltStack Config?

Use the links in the navigation to the left to access documentation for the main vRealize Automation services. Use the links below to access related guides for your Cloud services or on-prem versions.

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Creating and running configuration management jobs

SaltStack Config jobs workflow

Integrating with vRealize Automation

Create a SaltStack Config integration with vRealize Automation


SaltStack Config runs on Salt, an open-source automation and configuration management engine. Consider learning more about Salt to get the most out of SaltStack Config.

Setting up the SaltStack Config Cloud service Getting Started with SaltStack Config Cloud

Deploying the Salt minion service to your network infrastructure

Extend Salt on your infrastructure

SaltStack Config high availability guidelines

System architecture requirements

Controlling which users have access to run certain jobs or access network resources

Using the API

Working with the API (RaaS)

Collecting and displaying system metrics

Configuring the Salt Master Plugin

Install and configure the Master Plugin

Configuring the API (RaaS)

Check the RaaS configuration file

Backing up critical data

Back up critical data