First simple configuration of vRealize Automation

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After the installation of vRealize Automation (vRA), and before the creation of services you have to do an initial configuration. This is how you can do a very quick and simple configuration of vRA

Navigate to the startpage, https://vRA-FQDN

Log on using the user you created/configured in installation of vRA, in the Easy Installer.

Click Cloud Assembly

Navigate to “Infrastructure”, Cloud Accounts” and click “Add Cloud Accounts”.

Select to add a vCenter account

Enter a name, FQDN to you vCenter Server, and the user to connect with. Click validate to connect to vCenter.

..and select the Datacenter you wish to use and also select to create a “Cloud Zone”. After the account is created compute resources will show up under “Resources”.

Tags are used a lot in vRA to control the placement and use of compute resources. Navigate to “Compute”, select the cluster you will use and click “Tags”.

In my example I’ll add the tag “compute:vcenter”, but any text will do. The important thing is that it makes sense and contains information about the compute resource. The concept of using compute:XXXX, storage:YYYY and network:ZZZZ simplifies the usage and avoids mixing and confusion.

..and the datastore that is to be used get the tag “storage:default”.

When it comes to networking you have to ad some more details specifying static IP address or not, default gateway, etc. To be able to get these meta data we’ll create a “Network Profile”. Navigate to “Network Profiles” and create a new “Network Profile” När det kommer till nät som behöver man också specificera hur det skall konsumeras med avseende på statiska IP-adresser eller inte, etc. Då använder man sig av “Network Profiles”. Navigera till “Network Profiles” och skapa en ny “Network Profile”

Specify what “Account / region” and also give the “Network Profile” a name

Click “Add Network” to add a port group. When the network is added click on it’s hyperlink, in my example “vlan216-mber”, to edit the network details.

We’ll keep it simple and only add the Domain, IPv4 CIDR, default gateway and DNS Servers

Lastly, we’ll add the tag “network:default” on the network so it kan be specified when creating VM’s or other resources.

After all the infrastructure components has been tagged and ready to use and before we can create services in the blueprint designer we need to create a “Project”. A project ties users and compute resources together. Navigate to “Projects” and click “New Project”.

Give the project a name..

..and add the “Cloud Zone” that automatically was created when the “Cloud Account” was configured.

After the “Cloud Zone” has been added and the project is created we are ready to create services, blueprints. You can read about that in the “Create you first blueprint”

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