To deploy the vRealize Automation appliance, a system administrator must log in to the vSphere client and select deployment settings.

Some restrictions apply to the root password you create for the vRealize Automation administrator.


  • Download the vRealize Automation appliance from the VMware Web site.

  • Log in to the vSphere client as a user with system administrator privileges.


  1. Select File > Deploy OVF Template from the vSphere client.
  2. Browse to the vRealize Automation appliance file you downloaded and click Open.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Click Next on the OVF Template Details page.
  5. Accept the license agreement and click Next.
  6. Enter a unique virtual appliance name according to the IT naming convention of your organization in the Name text box, select the datacenter and location to which you want to deploy the virtual appliance, and click Next.
  7. Follow the prompts until the Disk Format page appears.
  8. Verify on the Disk Format page that enough space exists to deploy the virtual appliance and click Next.
  9. Follow the prompts to the Properties page.

    The options that appear depend on your vSphere configuration.

  10. Configure the values on the Properties page.
    1. Enter the root password to use when you log in to the virtual appliance console in the Enter password and Confirm password text boxes.
    2. Select or uncheck the SSH service checkbox to choose whether SSH service is enabled for the appliance.

      This value is used to set the initial status of the SSH service in the appliance. If you are installing with the Installation Wizard, enable this before you begin the wizard. You can change this setting from the appliance management console after installation.

    3. Enter the fully qualified domain name of the virtual machine in the Hostname text box, even if you are using DHCP.
    4. Configure the networking properties.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Depending on your vCenter and DNS configurations, it could take some time for the DNS to resolve. To expedite this process, perform the following steps.
    • If Power on after deployment is available on the Ready to Complete page.

      1. Select Power on after deployment and click Finish.

      2. Click Close after the file finishes deploying into vCenter.

      3. Wait for the machine to start.

        This could take up to 5 minutes.

    • If Power on after deployment is not available on the Ready to Complete page.

      1. Click Close after the file finishes deploying into vCenter.

      2. Power on the VM and wait for some time for the VM to start up.

      3. Verify that you can ping the DNS of the virtual machine. If you cannot ping the DNS, restart the virtual machine.

      4. Wait for the machine to start. This could take up to 5 minutes.


To verify that you successfully deployed the appliance, open a command prompt and ping the FQDN of the vRealize Automation appliance.

What to do next

Repeat this procedure to deploy additional instances of the vRealize Automation appliance for redundancy in a high-availability environment.