An IaaS administrator creates an instance of a vSphere endpoint to allow vRealize Automation to interact with a vCloud Networking and Security or NSX instance.

About this task

For a vSphere endpoint in vRealize Automation, all of the NSX related networking operations for that endpoint must be completed on the same vRealize Orchestrator server.

You can optimize this solution for audit and troubleshooting by creating a service account on vSphere and vCloud Networking and Security or NSX so that a clear audit trail can be traced back to vRealize Automation.

Prerequisites

  • Log in to the vRealize Automation console as an IaaS administrator.

  • Verify that a system administrator installed a vCloud Networking and Security or NSX instance, and that it is accessible.

  • Verify that an IaaS administrator created a vSphere endpoint. The vSphere server targeted by the endpoint must be configured to communicate with the vCloud Networking and Security or NSX instance.

  • Verify that an IaaS administrator created credentials for the vCloud Networking and Security or NSX management console to be used as the endpoint. These credentials can be the same ones used for logging in to vSphere.

Procedure

  1. Select Infrastructure > Endpoints > Endpoints.
  2. Locate a vSphere endpoint and click Edit in the drop-down menu.
  3. Select the Specify manager for network and security platform check box to implement networking and security virtualization.
  4. Type the URI for the management console of the vCloud Networking and Security or NSX instance in the Address text box to register the instance to the vSphere endpoint.

    The URL must be of the type: https://hostname or https://IP_address.

    For example, https://vCNSa.

  5. Click the Credentials text box and select the necessary credentials.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select Infrastructure > Compute Resources > Compute Resources.
  8. Point to the vSphere compute resource to configure data collection and click Data Collection from the drop-down menu.

    The data collection process synchronizes the vSphere and the vCloud Networking and Security or NSX inventories to vRealize Automation. This process creates a vCloud Networking and Security or NSX endpoint in vRealize Orchestrator that is used during data collection.

  9. Verify that you receive a status message that confirms the data collection process for the vRealize Orchestrator endpoint is successful.

What to do next

If you plan to use the NSX security policy features from vRealize Automation, you must run a workflow. See Run the Enable Security Policy Support for Overlapping Subnets Workflow in vRealize Orchestrator.