As Hannibal from the A-Team used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together!”
Well thanks to the work over the past few months it’s all starting to come together. First I created the installer workflows that made it easy to build out a install wizard, then I updated the combination of prepare_vra_template.ps1 scripts to support 7.0-7.1 for Windows guest, and now I’m releasing the quick and easy way to get your software components provisioned with 2 fundamental steps.
- Run install wizard in vRO
- Check the box in vRA on your blueprint
That’s all you need to do to be up and running with software components! As usual I’ve recorded and provided the video to you below.
*NOTE as my friend Adam Osterholt let me know, if you didn’t configure vRA using the initial configuration wizard then there is 1 additional step you will need. You need to connect vRO and vCenter (obviously if we can’t connect to vCenter we can’t execute commands to the guest OS)
As always I’m also giving a quick guide so first download and import this package into vRO.
You will see in the VMware->SDE-SET-vRealize Automation->vRA Agent Install->Installer folder there is an install and configure. Run this workflow as it’s your simple wizard.
This wizard will populate the properties needed, create the property groups, and create the event subscription for you.
Choose the vRA Host and Event Topic
Event topic will be under your vRA host->Tenant->Administration->Event Topics->
This must be set to Machine Provisioning
Yes I tried to automate this but it’s dependent on your vRA host, sorry!
Next fill in the fields for
- FQDN of your vRA Appliance
- FQDN of your Windows (IaaS) host
- Password for the service user needed for windows bootstrap agent (Darwin user)
- Choose your version (we use this to determine where we download the bits from for all the components)
Set the guest details
- Linux root user (default is root)
- Password for the Linux admin user
- Administrator for windows
- Password for the windows admin
That’s it for vRO
Now go to vRA, go to Design->Blueprints and select the blueprint that you have software components on
Choose the machine in the canvas, got to Properties tab and Add a property group
Select the property group for your OS
Submit your request
Watch the vRO execution if you wish
Review the Execution information
Now that should be a success. Again my goal here was to get you from multiple steps down to only a couple and I hope this give you the immediate value I’m seeing with other customers. As always feedback is welcome and please come see me at VMworld!