HOWTO: Deploy VMware vRealize Automation 6.x IaaS Manager Servers (Distributed Install)

This post is a part of a series of posts for preparation for the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam.  For the full exam prep resources check here.

Prerequisite Steps

  • Deploy and configure a supported Highly Available SSO Solution.
  • Deploy and configure a supported Highly Available vRA Appliance solution (HOWTO).
  • Deploy and configure two vRealize Automation IaaS Web Servers (HOWTO)
  • Create DNS A and PTR Records for:
    • vRealize Automation IaaS Manager VIP
    • vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Server 1 (assumed as part of AD join)
    • vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Server 2 (assumed as part of AD join)
  • Create a Subject Alternative Name Certificate containing the following FQDNs:
    • vRealize Automation IaaS Manager VIP
    • vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Server 1
    • vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Server 2
  • Deploy two Windows Server 2012 Virtual Machines (SPEC).
  • Configure the VMware vRealize Automation IaaS Prerequisites (HOWTO).
  • Configure a Load Balanced VIP for the vRA IaaS Manager Service (DOC)

Overview

  1. Disable vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Health Monitors.
  2. Disable Secondary Server in the vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Service VIP.
  3. Download the IaaS Installer from the vRealize Automation Virtual Appliance.
  4. Install the Primary VMware vRealize Automation Manager Service.
  5. Install the VMware vRealize Automation DEM Orchestrator.
  6. Install the Secondary VMware vRealize Automation Manager Service.
  7. Install the Secondary VMware vRealize Automation DEM Orchestrator.
  8. Enable Secondary Server in the vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Service VIP.
  9. Enable vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Health Monitors.

Step by Step Instructions

Download the IaaS Installer from the vRealize Automation Virtual Appliance.

See HOWTO: Obtain the vRealize Automation 6.x IaaS Installer Package

Install the Primary VMware vRealize Automation Manager Service.

Log into the server as the vRealize Automation Service account.

Locate the IaaS Installer (setup_cx-vra-602.thecloudxpert.local@5480.exe) and right-click and select Run as Administrator.

If prompted by a User Account Control dialog, click Yes.

Click Next.

Check the I accept the terms in the license agreement checkbox and click Next.

Enter the root credentials (Username and Password) of the vRealize Automation Appliance (where you downloaded this IaaS installer from) and check the Accept Certificate checkbox.

Click Next.

Select Custom Install and select IaaS Server.

If required/desired click Change to change the Root Install Location and click Next.

Check the Manager Service checkbox.

Enter the FQDN of the vRealize Automation IaaS Web Service VIP, select the Active node with startup type set to automatic option and select the Web IaaS certificate from the Available certificates dropdown and then click Next.

Check to ensure the prerequisites have all been completed and click Next.

Note: You will see that the Next button is still greyed out and a IIS Server warning exists regarding the installation of IIS.  As I know i have completed this configuration, I can safely click Bypass before I can click Next.

Enter the Password for the vRealize Automation Service Account (the User name should be automatically populated as it should be the currently logged on user), enter and confirm a Passphrase for the encryption at rest for the IaaS Database, and then, under Microsoft SQL Server Database Installation Information,  enter the name of the SQL Server (including instance name) into the Server textbox and the confirm the name of the Database.

Click Next.

Click Install.

Click Next.

Uncheck the Guide me through the initial system configuration checkbox and click Finish.

Install the VMware vRealize Automation DEM Orchestrator.

Locate the IaaS Installer (setup_cx-vra-602.thecloudxpert.local@5480.exe) and right-click and select Run as Administrator.

If prompted by a User Account Control dialog, click Yes.

Click Next.

Check the I accept the terms in the license agreement checkbox and click Next.

Enter the root credentials (Username and Password) of the vRealize Automation Appliance (where you downloaded this IaaS installer from) and check the Accept Certificate checkbox.

Click Next.

Select the Custom Install and then select Distributed Execution Managers option.  If required/desired click Change to change the Root Install Location and click Next.

Click Next.

Enter the vRealize Automation service account password into both the Password and Confirm text box, then click Next.

Select Orchestrator from the DEM role dropdown, enter the name of the DEM into the DEM name text box, (optionally) enter a DEM description, enter the FQDN of the VMware vRealize Automation Manager VIP into the Manager Service Host text box and click Test.

Click Add.

Click Next.

Click Install.

Click Next.

Ensure that the Guide me through the initial system configuration checkbox is unchecked and Click Finish.

Install the Secondary VMware vRealize Automation Manager Service.

See steps above for the Primary VMware vRealize Automation Manager Service, but when you get to the Manager Service screen, select the Disaster recovery cold standby option as shown below.

Install the Secondary VMware vRealize Automation DEM Orchestrator.

See Section above on installing the “Primary” DEM Orchestrator and adjust the DEM Name and DEM Description accordingly.

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