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vRealize Automation large scale deployment Part 1 Identity and vRA appliance install

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vRA Distributed deployment.

This series will cover a larger distributed deployment of vRealize Automation 6.2.3

Software required

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Components

Only the Identity and vRA appliances are covered in this blog. The rest will be covered in the series to follow.

  • 1 x Identity appliance
  • 2 x vRA appliances (Postgres Database only)
  • 2 x IaaS servers
  • 2 x Manager Servers
  • 1 x Orchestrator appliance
  • 1 x F5 Load Balancer

Important

  • DNS must be configured for all servers/appliances you use and test it
  • Whatever you use for time sync must be identical for all servers/appliances you use

F5 Load Balancer setup and information

  • http://kaloferov.com/blog/configuring-vrealize-automation-load-balancing-using-f5-big-ip/

Certificates

Please follow one of my other blogs for generating and importing certificates into vRA appliances and servers

http://www.electricmonk.org.uk/2015/12/03/installing-vra-6-x-certificates/

Step 1 – Deploying the Identity Appliance

  • In the vSphere client or web client select File > Deploy OVF Template

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  • Check the details

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  • Accept the license agreeement
  • Put in a name for the vRA Identity appliance

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  • Choose your storage

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  • Leave the defaults for storage

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  • Check the details and click Finish

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  • Note: The identity appliance cannot be clustered but can be put on a vSphere HA cluster to provide redundancy in the event of hardware failure but not in the event of the Identity appliance having an issue.
  • You may need to go into the vCenter console for the machine and set a root password
  • You will then see this screen where you can see the web browser link to log into the Identity appliance

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  • Log into the web link

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  • Set the time zone

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  • Set the SSO password

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  • It should then look like the below screenprint

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  • Click on host settings and put in the name of the identity appliance
  • Make sure there is a DNS entry for the identity appliance

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  • Click on Network then the Address tab and put in the relevant details

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  • You will then need to reboot and relogin
  • Next click on SSO > SSL
  • Generate a certificate for now. Example below

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  • Click on Active Directory and put in your details

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  • It will then look like the below

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  • Go to the Admin tab and click Admin
  • Tick SSH service enabled and Administrator SSH login enabled

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  • Click on Time settings and adjust if you have a time server. I left mine on Use host time

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  • This should now be complete.
  • Note: You may want to adjust the CPU and RAM depending on customer requirements
  • Note. It might be wise at this point to shutdown the appliance and take a snapshot

Step 2 Deploy 2 vRealize Automation Appliances

Note: Follow the below steps for each appliance

  • In the vSphere client or vSphere Web Client click File > Deploy OVF template

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  • Check the details

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  • Accept the license agreement
  • Put in a name

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  • Choose your storage

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  • Choose your storage options

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  • Next you will need to type in the hostname, ssh enabled, IP address, subnet mask, gateway and DNS servers

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  • Click Next and check all your details

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  • Once this is deployed, make sure you have a DNS entry added
  • Log into the appliance
  • Change the time settings first

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  • Click on the Network tab and select Host Settings.
  • Fill in your details

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  • Reboot the appliance

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  • Click on the vRA Host Settings
  • Add in your host settings – this should be your load balanced name
  • Import your certificate in which should have been pre-created from the instructions in my previous vRA certificate blog

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  • Click on SSO
  • Put in the SSO details (The identity appliance details)
  • If everything is ok then you will see a certificate message

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  • Click Save Settings and note the SSO seems to take a long time

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  • You should see the following

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  • You should slowly see the services begin to come up
  • Note:  To monitor service startup run the following command:
  • tail -f /var/log/vcac/catalina.out

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  • Do exactly the same process on the second appliance
  • Add your license in – Go to vRA Settings > Licensing

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  • Next please go to Part 2 for the Postgres clustering of the vRA appliances

http://www.electricmonk.org.uk/2016/01/07/vrealize-automation-large-scale-deployment-part-2-clustering-the-postgres-databases-on-the-vra-appliances-v6-0-2/

Licensing Problems

I had an issue where my license suddenly became invalid which was a little bizarre as it is test non expiring one.

However I followed the steps in the below article on both appliances and it came back fine

Thanks @ vmguru 🙂

https://www.vmguru.com/2015/09/downgrade-the-vrealize-automation-license/

 

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