On 17th December VMware released much awaited new version of vRealize Automation which is 7.0. The major new changes and additions for this version are provided below:
What’s New in vRA 7.0
Those were the main points. For details please check the excellent blog by Jad El-Zain at vrealize-automation-7-0-spotlight-innovations-overview.
So I decided to take this version for a spin and check for myself what are the changes and how they look. I am going to write a blog series on Installation and Configuration of vRA 7.0.
Installation Options: When it comes to installation for vRA 7.0, we have following options:
Also from the perspective of deployment type again we have two option:
For the purpose of this testing I will use the Installation Wizard and the PoC Deployment type.
The first task is to download the vRealize Automation 7.0 appliance. You can download it from (vRealize Automation 7.0 download). Once downloaded deploy it in your environment the way you do for any ova template. Remember you need to provide network, dns, domain, hostname etc. related information during the deployment. I am not detailing the ova deployment as that is similar to any ova deployment.
The Wizard installation supports two different modes. The first one where you use the wizard to configure only the vRA Appliance. The second one in which it configures the vRA appliance and installs the IaaS server as well.
I will cover them one by one.
My lab environment:
AD/DNS : lab-ad.lab.com
VCENTER : vcenter.lab.com
ESXi 1 : esxi1.lab.com
ESXi 2 : esxi2.lab.com
ESXi 3 : esxi3.lab.com
IAAS : iaas.lab.com (hosts DB as well)
VRA : vra.lab.com
Configuring only vRA Appliance:
Since I am going to use the vRA appliance configuration option only so I have not prepared a VM for IaaS at this stage. Once you deploy the appliance you need to access it through https://<appliance FQDN/IP>:5480 , this would open the configuration page. In my case after the deployment of vRA I accessed it through https://vra.lab.com:5480 it asks for user id and password. Provided the root id and password. It directly opens the Wizard on top of the details tabs.
I started the installation. In the below screenshots you can see that the Wizard shows the tasks that it is performing and the status of the task.
Once this installation is successfully completed in the next page you need to enter License details and in the last page Telemetry details (if you want this to be activated.
Note, in the installation step the last task it does is do a Health Check.
Who has noticed in the earlier case, in vRA there were 28 services which needed to be running and in “REGISTERED” mode. After IaaS installation the number of services were 29.
In this version, without IaaS server there should be 29 services in vRA and after IaaS installation there should be a total 30 services running and in REGISTERED mode.
In Part II, I will cover IaaS installation and in Part III of the blog series I will cover the configuration portion.