HOWTO: Deploy VMware vRealize Business for Cloud for vRealize Automation

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.

In this post we are covering the deployment of vRealize Business for Cloud.

Prerequisite Steps

  • A fully deployed vRealize Automation implementation.

Overview

  1. Deploy VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Appliance.
  2. Configure integration with vRealize Automation.

Step by Step Instructions

Note: For anyone who has deployed an OVF/OVA before (such as the vRealize Automation Identity Appliance or the vRealize Automation Appliance) the steps will look very familiar!

Within the VMware vSphere Web Client, right click and select Deploy OVF Template.

Click Browse, navigate to the location of the vRealize Business Standard OVA, select it and then click Open and then click Next.

Enter the vRealize Realize Business Appliance name into the the Name text field and then select the Datacentre or folder location to deploy the Appliance.

Click Next.

Select the appropriate cluster, host or resource pool and then click Next.

Click Next.

Click Accept and then Next.

Select the appropriate storage format and location and then click Next.

Choose the correct Port Group from the Destination Network dropdown and click Next.

Select the appropriate Currency from the dropdown (for me that is GBP), check the Enable SSH service in the appliance checkbox (this can be disabled later), check the Enable Server checkbox and enter (then confirm) the vRealize Business Appliance Root password in the Enter password and Confirm password text boxes.

Minimise Application and expand Networking Properties.

Enter the Gateway IP Address into the Default Gateway text box, enter the name of the domain into the Domain Name text box, enter the IP Address(es) of the DNS Server(s) into the Domain Name Servers text box, , enter the Appliance IP Address into the Network 1 IP Address text field and finally add the Netmask into the Network 1 Netmask text field.

Click Next.

Click Finish.

Configure integration with vRealize Automation

Navigate to the vRealize Business VAMI interface (https://vrb-appliance.fqdn:5480).

Click Advanced and then click on Proceed to vrb-appliance.fqdn (unsafe)

Log in using the root credentials.

Click the Administration tab and then click Time Settings.

Select NTP Server from the Time Sync Mode dropdown and enter the NTP server addresses and click Save Settings.

Click SSL.

Select Import PEM Encoded Certificate from the Choose mode drop down and copy the RSA Key into the RSA Private Key text field and SSL Certificate (Leaf and then Root) into the Certificate(s) text field.

Click Replace Certificate.

Click the Registration tab.

Enter the vRealize Automation FQDN (or VIP FQDN) into the Hostname text box, enter vsphere.local into the SSO Default Tenant text box, enter administrator into the SSO Admin User text box, enter the password into the SSO Admin Password text box, check the Accept vRealize Automation certificate check box.

Click Register.

Once some has been granted the Business Management Administrator role you can configure the license.

Log into vRealize Automation Tenant Portal (https://vra-appliance.fqdn/vcac) as the user with the Business Management Administrator role and click the Business Management Tab.

Enter the vRealize Business license key and press Save.

There you have it, now you just need to configure the instance to do the chargeback!

4 Comments

  1. Is it required to create a separate tenant for this? I have read documentation that hints at that but is not fully clear.

  2. How do you apply a certificate to the management interface? In addition, how do you verify the connection is secure with vRA after the certificate is added?

    1. Hi Jackson,

      The only way I have seen the VAMI certificate being updated is via SSH.

      It is similar for all VMware appliances, checkout https://thecloudxpert.net/2016/11/replacing-the-appliance-management-site-certificate-for-vrealize-automation/

      As i understand it, the VAMI certificate isn’t used in communications with vRA. But if you are using an SSL certificate during the configuration of vRB via the VAMI you will be asked to verify the thumbprint.

      THanks

      Chris

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