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

Before you begin

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

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

About this task

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

Procedure

  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.
    4. Configure the networking properties.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Depending on your deployment, vCenter, and DNS configuration, select one of the following ways of finishing OVA deployment and powering up the vRealize Automation appliance.
    • If you deployed to vSphere, and Power on after deployment is available on the Ready to Complete page, take the following steps.

      1. Select Power on after deployment and click Finish.

      2. After the file finishes deploying into vCenter, click Close.

      3. Wait for the machine to start, which might take up to 5 minutes.

    • If you deployed to vSphere, and Power on after deployment is not available on the Ready to Complete page, take the following steps.

      1. After the file finishes deploying into vCenter, click Close.

      2. Power on the vRealize Automation appliance.

      3. Wait for the machine to start, which might take up to 5 minutes.

      4. Verify that you can ping the DNS for the vRealize Automation appliance. If you cannot ping the DNS, restart the virtual machine.

      5. Wait for the machine to start, which might take up to 5 minutes.

    • If you deployed the vRealize Automation appliance to vCloud using vCloud Director, vCloud might override the password that you entered during OVA deployment. To prevent the override, take the following steps.

      1. After deploying in vCloud Director, click your vApp to view the vRealize Automation appliance.

      2. Right-click the vRealize Automation appliance, and select Properties.

      3. Click the Guest OS Customization tab.

      4. Under Password Reset, clear the Allow local administrator password option, and click OK.

      5. Power on the vRealize Automation appliance.

      6. Wait for the machine to start, which might take up to 5 minutes.

Results

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.