Depending on your deployment requirements, you can install and configure vRealize Automation components by using the rainpole installation scenario, the Installation Wizard, or through the management console.

Choose a minimal installation to deploy a proof of concept (PoC) or development environment with a basic topology. Choose an enterprise installation to deploy a production environment with the topology best suited to your organizational needs.

Table 1. Choosing Your Installation Method

Installation Method

Details

Installation Wizard

The Installation Wizard provides the quickest installation path for most deployments. You can choose a minimal or enterprise deployment to support distributed components with or without load balancers. Complete and verify all prerequisites before you start the wizard.

Manual installation

Installation through the management console is also supported for minimal, distributed, and high-availability installations. Complete and verify all prerequisites before you begin the installation.

Note:

If you use the management console to start or configure any part of your installation, you cannot start or continue use of the Installation Wizard.

Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation for the Rainpole Scenario

As a vSphere administrator, you want to install a minimal vRealize Automation deployment into your existing vSphere environment. You use the installation wizard to install vRealize Automation and create initial content catalog items that help you quickly configure an environment to use a proof of concept.

A proof of concept deployment is not suitable for production. When you complete the proof of concept deployment, you configure it as a development environment where you and your IT team create and test blueprints. You can export blueprints and other design elements out of your development environment and into your production environment.

To begin this scenario, see Install and Configure a vRealize Automation Proof of Concept Deployment for Rainpole.

Table 2. Choosing Your Deployment Type

Deployment Purpose

Choose this deployment type

Deploy a proof of concept (PoC) or development environment with a basic topology.

Install a minimal deployment.

You deploy a single instance of vRealize Automation appliance and install all IaaS components on a single Windows server machine. You can install the databases on the same Windows machine or on a dedicated SQL Server.

Deploy a production environment with the topology best suited to your organizational needs.

Install an enterprise deployment.

You distribute components across multiple servers.

Optionally, you can deploy load balancers to distribute work across servers and provide fail over capability and redundancy in a high-availability environment.

For information about scalability and high availability, see the vRealize Automation Reference Architecture guide.