Deploy vRealize Automation 8.3 with Easy Install

VMware has just released vRealize Automation 8.3 around 10 days back. This post is a Step-by-Step guide of deploying vRealize Automation, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, and VMware Identity Manager using the vRealize Easy Installer.

vRealize Easy Installer have been introduced starting from vRA 8.x to simplify the installation of:

  • vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager
  • vRealize Automation
  • VMware Identity Manager

Quoting VMware “The vRealize Easy Installer helps you install these components as a bundle in less time than it would take to install them separately.” As a guy who have dealt previously with vRA 7.x, I would totally agree with that! Having a single wizard that can deploy all the components at once? Nice! šŸ˜€

Deployment Preparations

Before jumping to the deployment of vRealize Automation, you need to go through the system, network and ports requirements which can be found at VMware official link.

System Requirements

The following system resources are required to installĀ the vRealize AutomationĀ 8.3 Appliances.

Network Requirements

EachĀ appliance (vRealize Automation node, the Lifecycle Manager and the Identity Manager) requires the below network setup:

  • A static IPv4
  • Reachable DNS server
  • A FQDN that can be resolved both forward and in reverse through the defined DNS server.

vRealize Automation Installation

Download the vRA 8.3 ISO from the official My VMware download page.

Once downloaded, open the ISO bundle on your local machine and navigate to vrlcm-ui-installer –> win32 –> installer.exe to initiate the deployment Wizard.

  • Click Install on vRealize Easy Installer wizard.
  • The introduction page is presented, you can read it for a brief information about the components and click Next
  • At the licensing agreement page click ā€œI accept the term of licensing agreementā€ and then Next.
  • Enter the vCenter appliance IP/FQDN, add the administrator credentials and Click Next.
  • Accept the certificate to continue
  • Select a location to deploy your VMs and click Next
  • Select the compute resource/Cluster and click on Next.
  • Select the desired Datastore and check/uncheck ā€œEnable Thin Disk Modeā€ as required and Click next. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have enough capacity remaining so I had to go for the Thin Disk Mode.
  • Set the Network configuration (Port group, Subnet mask, gateway, DNS, etc..) for your appliances and click Next.
  • Set a common password for the listed accounts of all product and click Next
  • Set the virtual machine name, IP and hostname for the Lifecycle Manager and click Next.
  • You can either configure a new Identity manager or Import an existing one. In this post, I will be deploying a new Identity Manager. Set the virtual machine name, IP, Hostname & default admin configuration and click Next

Note: For the vRealize Automation, you can either use Standard Deployment (Single Node) or Cluster Deployment (3 Nodes). In this deployment, we choose the standard deployment for testing.

  • Add the License key, vRA(s) node Name, IP and Hostname and Click Next.
  • In the Summary page, review the settings and click on Submit to start the deployment.
  • You can start monitoring the deployment progress from the Installation Process windows.
  • In 30-40 minutes, the LCM is deployed and you can access it from the IP / FQDN to check the progress of deploying the other components.
  • Login to the Lifecycle Manager with admin@local using the password you have set in the deployment stage
  • Select the Lifecycle Operations Tab.
  • From the Dashboard tab, you can see the latest requests currently in progress
  • Once the installation process is completed, you can access the appliances through your browser using IP / FQDN or by clicking on the below links.
  • Now we can start the vRealize Automation configuration. šŸ™‚

Published by Mohamed Atef Ibrahim

I have started my journey in the Information Technology field as a System Engineer in 2017 and instantly fell in love with virtualization. Currently, I am focusing on VMware Software Defined Datacenter Portfolio, Cloud & Hyper-converged infrastructure solutions.

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