As the vSphere administrator, you want to collect information about your environment and record the values in a worksheet to help you quickly access required information, expedite the installation and configuration process, and provide a record of important settings that you can refer to later.

Procedure

  1. Create a worksheet and record general information about your environment that you can refer to throughout the installation and configuration process.

    Variable

    Your Environment Value

    Example Value

    Notes

    IP address of your active directory domain

    198.15.100.50

    Base DN

    cn=users,dc=rainpole,dc=local

    Distinguished Name (DN) of the starting point for directory server searches.

    Bind DN

    cn=config_admin infra,cn=users,dc=rainpole,dc=local

    Full distinguished name (DN), including common name (CN), of an Active Directory user account that has privileges to search for users.

    Bind DN Password

    VMware1!

    Active Directory password for the account that can search for users.

    Endpoint Host

    vsphereA.rainpole.local

    FQDN of the machine on which you installed your vCenter Server. Used to create a vRealize Automation endpoint for managing your vSphere environment.

    DNS Address

    198.15.100.61

    Default Gateway Address

    198.15.100.60

    Static IP Addresses

    Company logo for branding

    Sample logo for branding

    Background hex color of your company

    20c576

    Text hex color of your company

    FFFFFF

  2. Create a worksheet to record information about your environment while you complete the steps to prepare for installation.

    Variable

    Your Environment Value

    Example Value

    Notes

    vSphere user name

    administrator@vsphere.local

    Must meet minimum requirements for vRealize Automation to manage your vSphere environment.

    vSphere password

    VMware1!

    vRealize Automation appliance name (FQDN)

    vra01svr01.rainpole.local

    User name

    root

    root

    Password

    VMware1!

    You configure the password when you deploy the vRealize Automation appliance.

    IaaS Server Host Name

    vra01iaas.rainpole.local

    User name

    administrator@rainpole.com

    Administrative credentials for the Windows IaaS Server

    Password

    VMware1!

    Default Gateway Address

    198.15.100.60

    DNS Address

    198.15.100.61

  3. Create a worksheet to record information about your environment as you install vRealize Automation.

    Variable

    Your Environment Value

    Example Value

    Notes

    SSL certificate fingerprint of vRealize Automation Appliance

    35df1ce06a19b693e7a109b607cfe05c683a0c1b

    System administrator for the default tenant

    administrator

    administrator

    administrator@vsphere.local

    Allows access to the default tenant vsphere.local.

    Password

    VMware1!

    Database Security Passphrase

    VMware1!

    Database Name

    vra

    Endpoint name for vSphere Agent

    Rainpole vCenter

    You must use the same endpoint name when you configure the vSphere endpoint in the vRealize Automation console.

    Configuration administrator username for initial content creation

    configurationadmin

    configurationadmin

    configurationadmin@vsphere.local

    Allows access to the default tenant vSphere.local, and the ability to request catalog items which quickly prepare a proof of concept environment.

    Password

    VMware1!

  4. Create a worksheet to record information about your vSphere template and customization objects while you prepare vSphere resources for provisioning.

    Variable

    Your Environment Value

    Example Value

    Template

    Rainpole_centos_63_x86

    Customization Object

    Linux

    vSphere cluster on which template is located

    Cluster A

  5. Create a worksheet to record information about your environment while you configure the default tenant.

    Variable

    Your Environment Value

    Example Value

    Local User with Tenant Administrator privileges

    Rainpole tenant admin

    Password

    VMware1!

    Local User for testing blueprints

    test_user

    Password

    VMware1!

    Custom group name

    Rainpole architects

What to do next

As part of the preparation process, you create or identify vSphere credentials that meet the minimum requirements for vRealize Automation to manage your environment.