If you are new to vRealize Automation, the Quickstart is a great way to get started. The Quickstart helps you, the cloud administrator, set up your on-premises SDDC so that you can provision resources using vRealize Automation, populate the self-service catalog, and deploy your first blueprint to your vSphere instance.

Using the Quickstart, you do the following vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly and vRealize Automation Service Broker tasks.

After you run the Quickstart the first time, the Quickstart is added as a tile on the console services page. You can run it again to add new vCenter Server instances.

  • Add a vCenter Server cloud account. Cloud accounts are the credentials that are used to collect data from and deploy resources to your vCenter Server instance.
  • Add an NSX-T or NSX-V cloud account and associate it with the vCenter Server account. The NSX cloud accounts are the credentials that are used to create and deploy NSX network resources.
  • Create a project, which links your users with cloud account regions, so that they can deploy application templates and blueprints with networks and storage resources to your vCenter Server instance.
  • Create a sample machine blueprint that you can deploy.
  • Create lease and machine naming policies. The lease policy controls how long a deployment is active. The naming policy provides a standardized naming convention for the resources.
  • Add the templates to the catalog.
  • Deploy a machine from the catalog.

Much of this terminology might be new to you. As you go through the Quickstart and the tour, we explain the new concepts in more detail. After you run the Quickstart, use the Take me on a tour of vRealize Automation to see what the Quickstart did to tour the results.

The Quickstart is not an option under the following circumstances.

In this procedure, we provide sample values to illustrate the workflow. Substitute these samples with values that are relevant to your environment.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that you have the IP address or FQDN for the vCenter Server that you are adding as a cloud account. You must also have the credentials for a vCenter Server user account with the necessary permissions. See the vCenter Server requirements in Before you begin with vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly.
  • Verify that you have the IP address or FQDN for the NSX-V or NSX-T instance that you are adding as a cloud account. You must also have the credentials for a user account that has create, read, edit, and delete permission. See the NSX requirements in Before you begin with vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly.

Procedure

  1. After you install vRealize Automation and log in for the first time, click Launch Quickstart.
    Console with the Launch Quickstart tile
  2. Add your vCenter Server.
    Add your vCenter Server credentials to the Quickstart

    Remember that all values are use case samples. Your account values depend on your environment.

    Avoid any beginning or trailing spaces when you enter the values.

    1. Enter the address and credentials.
    2. Click Validate.
      If your certificates are not configured, a warning appears regarding the untrusted certificate. You can resolve the trust or you can click Accept and continue.
    3. Select the data centers that you want to deploy to.
      After you click Validate, you can select a data center
      Each data center becomes an account region cloud zone.
    4. Click Create and go to next step.
  3. Add the NSX instance that is associated with your vCenter Server.
    For this example, the values are for NSX-T.
    Example of NSX-T
    1. Select the NSX version.
      Select the NSX version that you use. If you do not have NSX, select None.
    2. Enter the address and credentials.
    3. Click Validate.
      Again, if your certificates are not configured, a warning appears regarding the untrusted certificate. You can resolve the trust or you can click Accept and continue.
    4. Click Create and go to next step.
  4. Set up where your first blueprint is deployed.
    This process sets up the elements in your infrastructure. The terms that are used in vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly and vRealize Automation Service Broker are provided so that you become familiar with them and how they are used in the UI.
    1. Click in the text box to activate the collected values and select the Datacenter.
      The other possible values on this page are collected from your vCenter Server instance based on the provided credentials. This data center becomes a cloud zone in vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly.
    2. Select the vCenter Server Template that you want to deploy.
      This template is a virtual machine template on your vCenter Server instance.

      You can use the automatic search by clicking in the text box.

      Example of the collected templates from which you can select.
    3. Select the Datastore / cluster.
      This datastore becomes a storage profile.
    4. Select the Default network.
      If you are configuring NSX, select the NSX network, not the vCenter Server network.

      This network becomes a cloud zone that supports the network profile.

    5. To select and configure a DHCP or static IP connection type, click Configure and provide the values specific to your environment.
      The network connection that you configure becomes a network profile.
    6. Click Next Step.
    As part of this configuration process, a Quickstart project is defined for you. The project eventually links your users, infrastructure, and provisioning templates. You can see the project in the tour.
  5. Provide a lease policy and a machine naming policy so that all the deployments have the same lease time and follow a standard naming convention.
    Quickstart governance page

    These policies are applied to deployments associated with the Quickstart project. The Quickstart creates the project for you. You define the policies.

    1. Edit the lease and select the time after which the resources are destroyed if not renewed by the user.
      Select how long a deployment is active before it is removed.
    2. Edit the machine name and select the naming convention that you want to use.
      Select the machine name prefix that you want to apply when resources are deployed.
    3. Click Next Step.
  6. Verify your configuration requests on the Summary page.
    Review the vRealize Automation changes.
    • If you want to immediately deploy the template so that you can see the results in Cloud Assembly and on your vCenter Server instance, select the check box. If you do not select the check box, the infrastructure, the blueprint, and the catalog item are created, but they are not deployed.
    • If you want to add the NSX blueprints to the catalog, select the check box. The NSX blueprint includes a network, a load balancer, a firewall, and a tier 1 router. If you do not select the check box, the blueprints are created, but they are not released to the catalog.
  7. Click Run Quickstart.

What to do next

Take a tour of vRealize Automation Cloud Assembly and vRealize Automation Service Broker to discover more about how you manage your infrastructure, create blueprints, and deploy and manage resources. See Take me on a tour of vRealize Automation to see what the Quickstart did.