Create a vSphere Image Customization template to use with your vRealize Automation IaaS Servers deployment. 

You can supply a custom sysprep answer file as an alternative to specifying many of the settings in the Guest Customization wizard. The vSphere Image Customization template sysprep answer file stores a number of customization settings such as computer name, licensing information, and workgroup or domain settings.

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

From Home page, under Operations and Policies, click Customization Specification Manager.

3

Select mgmt01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local from the vCenter Server drop-down menu.

4

Click the New icon.

The Guest Customization wizard opens.

5

On the Specify Properties page, configure the following values, and click Next.

Setting

Value

Target VM Operating System

Windows

Use custom SysPrep answer file

Deselected

Customization Spec Name

vra7-template

6

On the Set Registration Information page, configure the following values, and click Next.

Setting

Value

Name

Rainpole

Organization

Rainpole IT

7

On the Set Computer Name page, select the Enter a name in the Clone/Deploy wizard radio button, and click Next.

8

On the Enter Windows License page, configure the following values, and click Next.

If you are using Microsoft License Server, or have multiple single license keys, leave the Product Key text box blank.

Setting

Value

Product Key

volume_license_key

Include Server License Information

Selected

Server License Mode

Per seat

9

On the Set Administrator Password page, configure the following values, and click Next.

Setting

Value

Password

local_administrator_pwd

Automatically logon as Administrator

Selected

Number of times to logon automatically

1

10

On the Time Zone page, select (GMT) Coordinated Universal Time from the Time Zone drop-down menu, and click Next.

11

On the Run Once page, type net localgroup administrators rainpole\svc-vra /add in the text box and click Add. This command will add service account rainpole\svc-vra into virtual machine's local administrators group. Click Next.

12

On the Configure Network page, select the Manually select custom settings radio button, select NIC1 from the list of network interfaces in the virtual machine, and click Edit.

The Edit Network dialog box opens.

13

In the Edit Network dialog box, on the IPv4 page, configure the following values and click DNS.

Setting

Value

Prompt the user for an address when the specification is used

Selected

Subnet Mask

255.255.255.0

Default Gateway

192.168.11.1

14

On the DNS page, provide DNS servers and search suffixes.

a

Specify the following DNS server settings.

Setting

Value

Use the following DNS server address

Selected

Preferred DNS Server

172.16.11.4

Alternate DNS Server

172.17.11.4

b

Enter rainpole.local in the For all connections with TCP/IP enabled text box and click the Add button.

c

Enter sfo01.rainpole.local in the For all connections with TCP/IP enabled text box and click the Add button.

d

Enter lax01.rainpole.local in the For all connections with TCP/IP enabled text box and click the Add button.

e

Click OK to save settings and close the Edit Network dialog box, and click Next

15

On the Set Workgroup or Domain page, enter credentials that have administrative privileges in the domain, and click Next.

Setting

Value

Windows Server Domain

rainpole.local

Username

ad_admin_acct@rainpole.local

Password

ad_admin_password

16

On the Set Operating System Options page, select the Generate New Security ID (SID) check box, and click Next

17

On the Ready to complete page, review the configuration settings that you entered, and click Finish.

The customization specification you created is listed in the Customization Specification Manager, and can be used to customize virtual machine guest operating systems.