vRealize Automation requires several Windows virtual machines to act as IaaS components in a distributed configuration. These redundant components provide high availability for the vRealize Automation infrastructure features.

To facilitate cloning, this design uses the vra7-template and the vra7-proxy-agent-template image customization specification templates and the windows-2012r2-64 VM template. A fully redundant vRealize Automation deployment requires eight virtual machines that run on Windows. Repeat this procedure eight times by using the information in the following table to create eight VMs.

Name for Virtual Machines

NetBIOS name

vCenter Folder

IP

vCPU number

Memory Size

Image Customization Specification Template

Network

vra01iws01a.rainpole.local

vra01iws01a

vRA01

192.168.11.54

2

4 GB

vra7-template

vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN

vra01iws01b.rainpole.local

vra01iws01b

vRA01

192.168.11.55

2

4 GB

vra7-template

vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN

vra01ims01a.rainpole.local

vra01ims01a

vRA01

192.168.11.57

2

4 GB

vra7-template

vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN

vra01ims01b.rainpole.local

vra01ims01b

vRA01

192.168.11.58

2

4 GB

vra7-template

vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN

vra01dem01.rainpole.local

vra01dem01

vRA01

192.168.11.60

2

6 GB

vra7-template

vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN

vra01dem02.rainpole.local

vra01dem02

vRA01

192.168.11.61

2

6 GB

vra7-template

vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN

vra01ias01.sfo01.rainpole.local

vra01ias01

vRA01IAS

192.168.31.52

2

4 GB

vra7-proxy-agent-template

vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-RegionA01-VXLAN

vra01ias02.sfo01.rainpole.local

vra01ias02

vRA01IAS

192.168.31.53

2

4 GB

vra7-proxy-agent-template

vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-RegionA01-VXLAN

Verify that you have created the Windows 2012 R2 template VM windows2012r2-template. See Virtual Machine Template Specifications.

SHA512 is disabled in Windows for TLS 1.2 by default. If SHA512 certificates will be used for vRealize Automation, you need to install the windows update in Microsoft KB2973337.

1

Log in to the Management vCenter Server by using the vSphere Web Client.

a

Open a Web browser and go to https://mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.

b

Log in using the following credentials.

Setting

Value

User name

administrator@vsphere.local

Password

vsphere_admin_password

2

In the Navigator pane, select Global Inventory Lists > vCenter Servers. Click the mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local instance.

3

Click VM Templates in Folders, and from the VM Templates in Folders pane, right-click the IaaS windows template win2012r2-template and select New VM from this Template.

4

On the Select a name and folder page of the Deploy From Template wizard, specify a name and location for the virtual machine. 

a

Enter vra01iws01a.rainpole.local in the Enter a name for the virtual machine text box.

b

In the Select a location for the virtual machine pane, select the vRA01 folder in the SFO01 datacenter under mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local, and click Next.

5

On the Select a compute resource page, select SFO01-Mgmt01 and click Next.

6

On the Select storage page, select the datastore on which to create the virtual machine's disks.

a

Select vSAN Default Storage Policy from theVM Storage Policy drop-down menu.

b

Select the SFO01A-VSAN01-MGMT01 vSAN datastore from the datastore table and click Next.


7

On the Select Clone options page, select the Customize the operating system check box, and click Next.

8

On the Customize guest OS page, select the vra7-template from the table, and click Next.

9

On the User Settings page, enter the following values, and click Next.

Setting

Value

NetBIOS name

vra01iws01a

IPv4 address

192.168.11.54

IPv4 subnet mask

255.255.255.0


10

On the Ready to Complete page, review your settings and click Finish.

When the deployment of the virtual machine completes, you can customize the virtual machine.

11

In the Navigator, select VMs and Templates.

12

Right-click the vra01iws01a.rainpole.local virtual machine and select Edit Settings.

13

Click Virtual Hardware and configure the settings for CPU, Memory, and the Network adapter 1.

a

Select 2 from the CPU drop-down menu.

b

Set the Memory settings to 4096 MB.

c

Expand Network adapter 1 and select vxw-dvs-xxxx-Mgmt-xRegion01-VXLAN from the drop-down menu and click OK.

14

Right-click the virtual machine vra01iws01a.rainpole.local, and select Power >  Power on.

15

From the Virtual Machine Console, verify that vra01iws01a.rainpole.local re-boots, and uses the configuration settings that you specified.

After the Windows customization process completes, a clean desktop appears.

16

Log in to the Windows operating system and perform final verification and customization.

a

Verify that the IP address, computer name, and domain are correct.

b

Verify vRealize Automation service account svc-vra@rainpole.local has been added to the Local Administrators Group.

17

Repeat this procedure to deploy and configure the remaining virtual machines.