Deploy & Configure vRealize Automation 8.3 – Part1

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The architecture of vRA 8 and above has been completely changed from the previous version 7.6. Starting from vRealize Automation 8 and above all versions runs on Photon OS, with a broadly leveraged microservices architecture using Kubernetes and Docker. vRA is comprised of numerous services, running in separate containers, with a PostgreSQL database per container, RabbitMQ serves as the message broker.

In this post, I will share the steps to deploy the vRA 8.3 through Easy Installer. Easy Installer will help you to install vRealize Automation and VMware Identity Manager from a single console. vRealize Automation is installed, configured, managed, and upgraded only through vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. Here is the step-by-step process of deploying vRealize Automation, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, and VMware Identity Manager by using the vRealize Easy Installer.

With vRealize Easy Installer, which will help to deploy the following components:

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager
VMware Identity Manager
vRealize Automation

To install vRealize Automation and VMware Identity Manager there are system requirements that can be found at the VMware official link.

Requirements for vRealize Automation

Each vRealize Automation node requires a network setup and below are the requirements

  • Single, static IPv4 and Network Address as shown below.
  • Referring to the VMware Official documentation to check the complete list of ports required Ports and Protocols for vRealize Automation

Note:IP address change or hostname change after installation is not supported and results in a broken setup that is not recoverable

Step 1 – Download the VRA ISO bundle from My VMware download page.

Step 3 – Mount the vra-lcm-installer-xxx.iso image on the local system and navigate to the installer file location

  • Click Install on vRealize Easy Installer window.
  • Specify the vCenter IP/FQDN & credentials and Click Next.
  • It will pop up for certificate warning, Click Accept to continue
  • Choose an inventory location to deploy your VMS and click Next
  • Select the compute resource and click on Next.
  • Select datastore from the storage location and check/uncheck “Enable Thin Disk Mode” as per your requirement and Click next
  • Do the Network configuration and move Next.
  • Configure a common password for all the products included in the installation and click continue
  • Configure Life Cycle Manager virtual machine name, IP, hostname, and click Next.
  • Here we get the option to configure the New Identity manager or Import the existing identity manager. In our case, the new Identity Manager is deployed.
  • Configure IP, Hostname & default configuration admin id, node size, and click Next.
  • In the vRealize Automation Configuration window, we have the option to choose the deployment type as Standard Deployment (Single Node) or Cluster Deployment (3 Nodes). In our scenario, we choose the standard deployment
  • Insert the license key of vRealize Automation, that you can find in your trial subscription.
  • Configure the Environment Name, vRAs node Name, IP, and Hostname and then Click Next.
  • Monitor the installation progress from below Installation Process windows.
  • It will take some time to complete the deployment and once the LCM is deployed you can access it from the IP / FQDN and check the progress of the other component in detail.
  • From the LCRM request page also you can verify that the requests are completed.

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