Before you can use NSX network and security options in vRealize Automation, you must configure the external NSX network and security environment that you intend to use.

Beginning in vRealize Automation 7.3, you no longer need to install the NSX plug-in to obtain integrated NSX functionality. All integrated NSX functionality is now sourced directly from the NSX APIs, rather than from the NSX plug-in. However, if you want to use XaaS to extend your vRealize Automation and NSX integration, you must install the NSX plug-in in vRealize Orchestrator as described here.

In preparation for using NSX network, security, and load balancing capabilities in vRealize Automation, when using NSX Manager credentials you must use the NSX Manager administrator account.

For related information about NSX, see NSX documentation at https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/nsx_pubs.html and public blogs and articles such as Integrating NSX with vRealize Automation.

Much of the vRealize Automation support for network and security configuration that you specify in blueprints and reservations is configured externally and made available to vRealize Automation after data collection is run on the compute resources.

For more information about NSX settings that you can configure for vRealize Automation blueprints, see Configuring Network and Security Component Settings.

Table 1. Preparing NSX Networking and Security Checklist

Task

Location

Details

Check Box Configure NSX network settings, including gateway and transport zone settings.

Configure network settings in NSX.

See the NSX Administration Guide.

Check Box Create NSX security policies, tags, and groups.

Configure security settings in NSX.

See the NSX Administration Guide.

Check Box Configure NSX load balancer settings.

Configure an NSX load balancer to work with vRealize Automation.

See the NSX Administration Guide.

Also see Custom Properties for Networking.

Check Box For cross-virtual center deployments, verify that the compute NSX manager has the primary NSX manager role.

vRealize Automation provisioning requires that the compute NSX manager for the region in which the machines reside has the primary NSX manager role.

See Administrator Requirements for Provisioning NSX Universal Objects.

See the NSX Installation Guide and NSX Administration Guide for information about cross-virtual center deployment, universal objects, and the primary NSX manager role.