Use Software to deploy applications and middleware as part of the vRealize Automation provisioning process for vSphere, vCloud Director,vCloud Air, and Amazon AWS machines.

You can deploy Software on machines if your blueprint supports Software and if you install the guest agent and software bootstrap agent on your reference machines before you convert them into templates, snapshots, or Amazon Machine Images.

For related information about specifying ports when preparing for provisioning, see the following and related topics in the Secure Configuration and Reference Architecture sections of the product documentation:

Table 1. Provisioning Methods that Support Software

Machine Type

Provisioning Method

Required Preparation

vSphere

Clone

A clone blueprint provisions a complete and independent virtual machine based on a vCenter Server virtual machine template. If you want your templates for cloning to support Software components, install the guest agent and software bootstrap agent on your reference machine as you prepare a template for cloning. See Checklist for Preparing to Provision by Cloning.

vSphere

Linked Clone

A linked clone blueprint provisions a space-efficient copy of a vSphere machine based on a snapshot, using a chain of delta disks to track differences from the parent machine. If you want your linked clone blueprints to support Software components, install the guest agent and software bootstrap agent on the machine before you take the snapshot.

If your snapshot machine was cloned from a template that supports Software, the required agents are already installed.

vCloud Director

Clone

A clone blueprint provisions a complete and independent virtual machine based on a vCenter Server virtual machine template. If you want your templates for cloning to support Software components, install the guest agent and software bootstrap agent on your reference machine as you prepare a template for cloning. See Checklist for Preparing to Provision by Cloning.

vCloud Air

Clone

A clone blueprint provisions a complete and independent virtual machine based on a vCenter Server virtual machine template. If you want your templates for cloning to support Software components, install the guest agent and software bootstrap agent on your reference machine as you prepare a template for cloning. See Checklist for Preparing to Provision by Cloning.

Amazon AWS

Amazon Machine Image

An Amazon machine image is a template that contains a software configuration, including an operating system. If you want to create an Amazon machine image that supports Software, connect to a running Amazon AWS instance that uses an EBS volume for the root device. Install the guest agent and software bootstrap agent on the reference machine, then create an Amazon Machine Image from your instance. For instruction on creating Amazon EBS-backed AMIs, see the Amazon AWS documentation.

For the guest agent and Software bootstrap agent to function on provisioned machines, you must configure network-to-VPC connectivity.