vRealize Automation 6.1 – Install Guide Part 1

This has been a very active couple of weeks in regards to posts. After all of the releases I thought that now is a valuable time to illustrate both the upgrade (previous multi-part post) and now the full install step by step walk through.

In this multi-part series we will deploy the Identity Appliance, the vCAC Appliance, the Windows IaaS components, ITBM standard, Application Services, and then do a basic tenant setup.

Notice this deployment is not going to be production ready but will give you hands on pretty quickly.

As stated above in Part 1 we go through the basic build out of the Identity Appliance or SSO as I affectionately call it. Before we begin DNS is a vital part of the tool and without this configured forward and reverse you will get some poor results. You will see here I define a DNS entry for each of the components we plan to deploy.
01 DNS

Now let’s step through the deployment of the OVF or OVA.
02 deploy ovf

Browse to the location of your OVF or OVA.
03 define ovf

Review details.
04 review

Review the EULA and accept.
05 eula

Name your virtual machine (I choose the fqdn for my deployment). At this point it doesn’t matter just make it something you will know.
06 name

Select disk location and type
07 disk

Select the network you plan to use for the appliance, realize that vCAC appliance and IaaS will both need to be able to access this location!
08 network

Enter the settings for your virtual machine

  • Enter and confirm the root password
  • Select if you wish to enable SSH
  • Set your hostname – USE FQDN!!!
  • Set your default gateway
  • Set your DNS servers
  • Set your network IP address
  • Set your netmask

09 ovf settings1
10 ovf settings 2

Check power on and click finish. This process will take a few moments depending on your storage and network configuration.
11 power on and finish

Now launch a web browser go to https://fqdn:5480 in my example I used https://sso-va-ng.biteback.records:5480
Login with root and the password you just defined.
12 login to ip5480 root

In the System tab go to Time Zone and set it to your local time zone.
13 set timezone

In the Admin tab under Time Settings define your ntp servers and save settings. I HIGHLY recommend not using host time because if the host time drifts there’s no warning and it will create issues with the vCAC components.
14 update time settings

In the SSO tab under SSO you will define the password for your administrator@vsphere.local account.
15 sso

It will take a few moments but once complete you will see the SSO is initialized in green.
16 sso initialzed

In the SSO tab under Host Settings you will define the FQDN and click apply *NOTICE this is important to be FQDN and in 6.1 unlike 6.0 you don’t need to append a :7444 on this particular setting.
17 host settings

In the SSO tab under SSL “Gerenate Self Signed Certificate” and fill in your details and click apply settings.
18 ssl generate

Once complete it will show the green SSL Certificate is replaced.
19 sll success

Next step is in Part 2 is where we will deploy the vCAC appliance.

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