vRA 7 Enterprise Deployment – Part 3 – Deploy vRealize Automation Appliances

Following on from the vRA 7 Enterprise Deployment Part 2, this blog continues the series with the initial vRA Appliances deployment.

Deploy the First vRealize Automation Appliance

In the vSphere Web Client, select Actions > Deploy OVF Template

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On the Select source page:

  1. Select the Local file option and click Browse.
  2. Go to the location of the identity appliance file having an .ova or .ovf extension, select the file, and click Open.
  3. Click Next to continue.

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On the Review details page, review the summary details.

Click Next to continue.

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Click Accept on the Accept EULAs page to accept the license agreement.

Click Next to continue.

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On the Select name and folder page:

  1. Enter a unique name for the virtual appliance in the Name text box, following the required naming convention. For example: vratestlab01
  2. Select the datacenter and folder location where you want to deploy the virtual appliance.
  3. Click Next to continue.

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On the Select a resource page, select the cluster where you want to deploy the virtual appliance.

Click Next to continue.

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On the Select storage page, select a datastore with sufficient space.

Click Next to continue.

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On the Setup networks page, select the network you want to connect the virtual appliance to, using the Destination drop-down menu.

Click Next.

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On the Customize Template page:

  1. Expand Application.
  2. For the Initial root password, provide entries for the Enter password, and Confirm password fields.
  3. Select the Enable SSH service in the appliance check box to enable SSH service.
  4. For Hostname, enter the appliance hostname FQDN, for example: vratestlab01.testlab.com

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In the Customize Template dialog box, expand Network Properties and enter the following network properties:

In the Default Gateway text box, enter the default gateway address for the VM, for example: 192.168.140.1

In the Domain Name text box, enter the domain name of this VM, for example: testlab.com

In the Domain Search Path text box, enter the domain search path for this VM, for example: testlab.com

In the Domain Name Servers text box, enter the DNS servers, for example: 192.168.140.4

In the Network 1 IP Address text box, enter the appliance IP Address, for example: 192.168.140.10

In the Network 1 Netmask, enter the appliance Netmask, for example: 255.255.255.0

Click Next to continue.

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On the Ready to Complete page, select the Power on after deployment check box.

Click Finish.

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Within the vCenter Web Client, verify vRealize Automation has deployed successfully.

Log in to the first Realize Automation Appliance, for example: vratestlab01.testlab.com

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Deploy the Second vRealize Automation Appliance

In the vSphere Web Client, select Actions > Deploy OVF Template.

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In the Select source dialog box, click Local file and click Browse.

Go to the location of the identity appliance file, having an .ova or .ovf extension, and click Open.

Click Next.

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On the Review details page, review the summary details.

Click Next.

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Click Accept on the Accept EULAs page to accept the license agreement.

Click Next.

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On the Select name and folder page, enter a unique name for the virtual appliance in the Name text box, following the required naming convention.

For example: vratestlab02

Select the datacenter and folder location where you want to deploy the virtual appliance.
Click Next.

 

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On the Select a resource page, select the cluster where you want to deploy the virtual appliance.

Click Next.

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In the Select storage dialog box, select a datastore with sufficient space.

Click Next.

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On the Setup networks page, select the network to which you want to connect the virtual appliance, using the Destination drop-down menu.

Click Next.

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In the Customize Template dialog box, expand Application and enter the following application settings:

Specify entries for the Active Directory domain name In the Initial root password, Enter password, and Confirm password text boxes.

Select the Enable SSH service in the appliance check box, to enable SSH service.

In the Hostname text box, enter the appliance hostname FQDN, for example: vratestlab02.testlab.com

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On the Customize Template page, expand Network Properties and enter the following properties:

In the Default Gateway text box, enter the default gateway address for the VM. For example: 192.168.140.1

In the Domain Name text box, enter the domain name of this VM. For example: vratestlab02

In the Domain Search Path text box, enter the domain search path for this VM. For example: testlab.com

In the Domain Name Servers text box, enter the DNS servers. For example: 192.168.140.4

In the Network 1 IP Address text box, enter the appliance IP Address: For example: 192.168.140.11

In the Network 1 Netmask, enter the appliance Netmask: For example: 255.255.255.0

Click Next to continue.

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On the Ready to Complete page, select the Power on after deployment check box.

Click Finish.

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In vCenter Web Client verify vRealize Automation has deployed successfully on the second vRealize Automation Appliance: vratestlab02.testlab.com

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vRealize Automation Appliance Deployment Verification

Verify the Deployment of the First vRealize Automation Appliance

Go to the vRealize Automation appliance management console by opening a connection using its FQDN: https://vratestlab01.testlab.com:5480/

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Accept the certificate by clicking I Understand the Risks and then clicking Add Exception.

Click Confirm Security Exception.

Log in with the user name root and the password you specified when deploying the vRealize Automation appliance.

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The vRealize Automation Installation Wizard is displayed.

Caution – Stop Here and Do NOT Click Next. Verify that all other vRealize Automation appliances have been deployed and are running before proceeding to the next step

Do not cancel or exit out of the wizard at any time. If you exit the wizard, the tool assumes that you will be going through a manual installation and will not let you restart the wizard. Leave this page open and continue on to the next section.

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Verify the Deployment of the Second vRealize Automation Appliance

Go to the vRealize Automation appliance management console by opening a connection using its FQDN. For example: https://vratestlab02.testlab.com:5480/

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Accept the certificate exception by clicking I Understand the Risks, and clicking Add Exception.

Click Confirm Security Exception.

Log in using the user name root and the password you specified when deploying the vRealize Automation appliance.

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The vRealize Automation Installation Wizard is displayed.

Caution – Stop Here and Do NOT Click Next. Verify that all other vRealize Automation appliances have been deployed and are running before proceeding to the next step

Do not cancel or exit out of the wizard at any time. If you exit the wizard, the tool assumes that you will be going through a manual installation and will not let you restart the wizard. Leave this page open and continue on to the next section.

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I will continue with the vRA 7 deployment in part 4 of this series, where we can now start deploying the vRA IaaS nodes.

 

 

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