vRealize Automation 6.1 – Install Guide Part 5

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

Here in Part 5 we will walk through the tenant management. This will be a lengthy post and as an alternative you could use the “My Goals” which is represented by the >> in the upper left hand corner under the logo.

  • Add a tenant specific license
  • Add your vCenter endpoint
  • Configure a fabric and a business group
  • Set reservations
  • Build a basic blueprint
  • Entitle that blueprint

Again we will spend this entire post in a web browser of your choice
Navigate to https://fqdn.of.vCAC.Appliance/vcac/org/url, in my example http://vcac-va-ng.biteback.records/vcac/org/biteback
You will login with the administrator account that you gave permissions to Tenant and Infrastructure Admin roles to.
In my screenshots follow my bread crumbs between the tabs and the UI. For example you need to add a license so you will go to
Infrastructure Tab -> Administration -> Licensing
31 log in and add license

Click add license.
32 add lic

This is what a complete license should look like.
33 complete license

Add endpoint you go to
Infrastructure Tab -> Endpoints -> Endpoints
35 add end

Click the … to enter your credentials, this must be an administrative user (we are creating and destroying things in vCenter).
38 cred 2

Address will be https://vcenter.fqdn/sdk
Only check the box if you have a registered vCNS Manger registered with vCenter
39 full end

It should look like this once complete
40 end complete

Assuming everything worked you will now be able to add those vCenter resources to a fabric group. You can think of these as cloud resource admins who will carve up the access to specific resources. Many different resources can all be configured under a single fabric group.
Infrastructure Tab -> Groups -> Fabric Groups
41 add fabric group

Define the resource admins and select the resources you wish to distribute. You should see your clusters from the vCenter data collection as an option to check.
42 define

Now define the business groups or consumers of those resources. This could be a functional silo (Developers), a project (Siebel), or a group such as sales and marketing, since marketing is important for any business . What works best for your organization will be unique!
Infrastructure Tab -> Groups -> Business Groups
43 bus

Add a hostname you wish to user for standard naming conventions for this group.
44 add hostname

Add the Name and then the user roles.
45 add users

This is what the final business group should look like.
46 biz group complete

Add a network profile this will be used to in order for static IP management. Add an external profile.
Infrastructure Tab -> Reservations -> Network Profiles
48 network prof

Name and configure your specific network settings.
49 network prof

Define the IP range for your provisioned machines to take advantage of.
50 ip range
51 range

This is what the complete range should look like.
52 range complete

This is what the complete network profile should look like.
53 net prof complete

Now we build the initial reservation for the first business group we defined.
Infrastructure Tab -> Reservations -> Reservations
55 reserv vcenter

Name and configure the appropriate settings.
56 res

Move on to the resources tab in that your New Reservation and define the disk *Must be shared disk or you will get some interesting failures during request time.
57 res disk

Define the RAM.
59 res ram

Move on to the Network tab in your New Reservation, select the network for deployment and the profile.
60 res network

This is what the complete reservation should look like.
61 res complete

Next we will build our first blueprint, you can think of this like a template but with much more configuration flexibility and policy that governs it.
Infrastructure Tab -> Blueprints -> Blueprints
62 bp virt

Name your blueprint (this is what the user will see during request time)
Describe it (again users will see this)
Define any of the policies you want to apply to this specific blueprint.
63 build inf

Now define the type of build, I will select linked clone but a basic clone can be used for this particular first use case.
Things to consider if using linked clone, you must have a VM with a snapshot ready for use, if using a clone, you must have a template ready for use. If you go to vCenter and take a snapshot it will not appear to vCAC until the next data collection!
64 build type

Select the VM I’m going to use.
65 build select

Select the snapshot.
66 snapshot

Confirm you want to proceed.
67 confirm

Set the min and max policies, if you don’t have a max set it will only allow the minimum during request time.
68 set policies

This is what a completed blueprint should look like.
69 complete

Now the benefit of vCAC is the multiple layers of possible abstraction. In thise case we have the ability to play with the blueprint all we want until we are ready to publish.
70 publish

71 confirm

For the next level of abstraction, we have published but this particular blueprint has not yet been entitled to any users or groups. So now we go to the administration and providing entitlements.
First we define a service category
Administration Tab -> Catalog Management -> Services
73 service

Add the service and set the status to active. You can choose to set your own icon for this service if you would like.
74 add serv

Configure the catalog items
Administration Tab -> Catalog Management -> Services
76 configure catalog

Again you can choose to configure the logo, set the status to active, and associate with the service you just built.
78 browse and update

Go to entitlements and add
Administration Tab -> Catalog Management -> Entitlements
79 entitlements

Name the entitlement, set status to active, and eadd a specific user. Note this user must be defined within the business group.
80 name and users

Now you can offer an entitlement at the service or the catalog item granularity. You can also add very specific actions to this entitlement.
81 entitlements

First we add the service entitlement.
82 service ent

Then add the actions you want to have enabled on this blueprint.
83 add actions

This is how it should look once you have configured the entitlements.
84 complete

This is how the complete entitlement will appear.
85 complete

Now go to your catalog and verify you can see the entitlement (assuming you entitled the user you’re logged in as)
Catalog Tab
86 catalog final

Time to start the provisioning!!! Next step we will walk through installing and configuring ITBM.

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