vRealize Automation Lab Manual


Very often, customers want to utilise tools which sit above the vCenter API layer and provide additional value to the consumption or onitoring process. One such tool is VMware vRealize Automation which can be utilised to create a governance and “store front” portal so that users can provision workloads where they wish, based on policies defined by the Cloud Administrator.

What is vRealize Automation (vRA)

VMware vRealize Automation is the IT Automation tool of the modern Software-Define Data Center. vRealize Automation enables IT Automation through the creation and management of personalized infrastructure, application and custom IT services (XaaS). This IT Automation lets you deploy IT services rapidly across a multi-vendor, multi-cloud infrastructure.

  • Agility Through IT Automation
  • Accelerate the end-to-end delivery and management of infrastructure and applications.
  • Choice Through Flexibility
  • Provision and manage multi-vendor, multi-cloud infrastructure and applications by leveraging new and existing infrastructure, tools and processes.
  • Control Through Governance PoliciesControl Through Governance Policies
  • Ensure that users receive the right size resources, or applications, at the appropriate service level for the jobs they need to perform.
  • Cost Saving Through EfficiencyCost Saving Through Efficiency Reduce operational cost by replacing time-consuming, manual processes and gain additional cost savings through automated reclamation of inactive resources.

vRealize Automation supports VMware Cloud on AWS in delivering a unified hybrid cloud management experience.

Login to vRealize Automation

  1. On your Student desktop, click on the Chrome browser.
  2. On your bookmarks bar in Chrome click on the VMware vRealize Automation Appliance link
  3. Click on the “Proceed to vraapp.corp.local (unsafe) link
  4. Click on the vRealize Automation Console link
  5. Click Next
  6. Login with your vmcws# user name (where # is your student number)
  7. Enter your password - VMware1!

You have successfully logged in to vRealize Automation!

Add a vSphere Endpoint

An endpoint is anything that vRealize Automation uses to complete it’s provisioning processes. This could be a public cloud resource such as Amazon Web Services EC2, Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud on AWS, an external orchestrator appliance, or a private cloud hosted by vSphere or other hypervisors.

  1. Click on the Infrastructure tab
  2. Click on Endpoints on left pane
  3. Click on Endpoints again on the left pane
  4. Click on New button
  5. Select Virtual
  6. Select vSphere (vCenter)

    For these next few steps, make sure you are logged in to your VMware Cloud on AWS portal.

  7. On your VMware Cloud on AWS portal, make sure you click on the Connection Info tab, you will be using some of this information to create the vRealize Automation Endpoint
  8. Name your vRA Endpoint ws# (where # is your student number)
  9. Under Address enter the information from the VMware Cloud on AWS portal under vSphere Client (HTML5) and replace the words ‘ui’ for ‘sdk’
  10. Example: From VMware Cloud on AWS portal: https://vcenter.sddc-X-X-X-X.vmc.vmware.com/ui What it should look like in vRealize Automation: https://vcenter.sddc-X-X-X-X.vmc.vmware.com/sdk
  11. Enter the user name cloudadmin@vmc.local
  12. Enter the password (Please refer to VMware Cloud on AWS portal for this information)
  13. Click on the Test Connection button
  14. If connection passes test, click on Ok button to create your vRealize Automation Endpoint

Create a Fabric Group

An administrator can organize virtualization compute resources and cloud endpoints into fabric groups by type and intent. Make sure for this step you’ve selected the Endpoint you created in the previous module.

  1. Click on Fabric Groups on the left pane
  2. Click on “+ New” to create a new Fabric Group
  3. Name your Fabric Group ws#FabricGroup (where # is your student #)
  4. Add the user assigned to your student number: vmcws#@corp.local and click on the magnifying glass icon to find and add your user
  6. Click OK button


When a user requests a machine, it can be provisioned on any reservation of the appropriate type that has sufficient capacity for the machine. You can apply a reservation policy to a blueprint to restrict the machines provisioned from a that blueprint to a subset of available

Create Reservation Policy

For this step if your Reservation tab is missing you may need to hit the Refresh button on your browser.

  1. Click on the Infrastructure button on the left pane
  2. Click Reservations on the left pane
  3. Click Reservation Policies on the left pane
  4. Click New button
  5. Name your Reservation Policy “Student#”
  6. Click OK button

Create a Reservation

A vRealize Automation reservation is a means to allocate resources in a fabric group (CPU, RAM, Storage, etc.) to a specific business group.

  1. Click on the nfrastructure button on the left pane
  2. Click on Reservations on the left pane
  3. Click Reservations on the left pane
  4. Click + New to create a new Reservation
  5. Select vSphere (vCenter)
  6. Give your reservation a name: Student# (where # is your student number assigned to you)
  7. Leave/select vsphere.local as the Tenant
  8. Select vmc-ws# (where # is your student number)
  9. For Reservation policy type or select Student# (where # is your student number assigned to you)
  10. Priority should be set to 1
  11. Click on the Resources tab
  12. On the Resources tab for Compute Resource select Cluster-1 (WS#) from the drop down box
  13. Type 1024 in the This Reservation field
  14. Select the checkbox for WorkloadDatastore
  15. Type 10000 under the This Reservation Reserved field
  16. Type 0 under the Priority field and hit the OK button
  17. Select Compute-ResourcePool in the Resource Pool field
  18. Click on the Network tab
  19. Select the sddc-cgw-network-1 Network Adapter by clicking the checkbox to the left of it and selecting sddc-cgw-network-1 from the dropdown box on the right side
  20. Click on the OK button

Create a Blueprint

A blueprint is a complete specification for a service. A blueprint determines the components of a service, which are the input parameters, submission and read-only forms, sequence of actions and provisioning. You can create service blueprints to provision custom resources that you previously created.

  1. Click on the Design tab
  2. On the left pane click Blueprints
  3. Click the + New button
  4. Name your Blueprint Student# (where # is the Student number assigned to you)
  5. Use the same name for ID
  6. Enter 1 as the Deployment Limit
  7. Enter 1 as the Minimum Lease days
  8. Enter 1 as the Maximum Lease days
  9. Enter 0 for Archive Days
  10. Click the OK button, the Design Canvas below appears
  11. Ensure Machine Types is selected
  12. Click and drag onto the Canvas the vSphere (vCenter) Machine
  13. Leave all defaults on the General tab and click on the Build Information tab
  14. Make sure Server is selected as the Blueprint Type
  15. Change Action to Clone
  16. Click on the elipsis button and select StudentVM# that you created in your previous step and click OK
  17. Click Save
  18. Click Finish
  19. Select your Blueprint by highlighting it
  20. Click on the Publish button to publish your blueprint
  21. Make sure you are in the Administration tab, if not, click on it and select Catalog Management
  22. Select Catalog Items from the left pane and click your Student# to configure
  23. Select Desktops from the drop down box next to Service
  24. Click the OK button

### Entitle your Blueprint

  1. Click the Administration tab
  2. Select Catalog Management from the left pane
  3. Click on Entitlements on the left pane
  4. Click the + New button in order to create a new Entitlement
  5. Name the Entitlement ws# (where # is your Student #)
  6. Change the Status to Active
  7. Select vmc-ws# for the Business Group (where # is the number assigned to you)
  8. Click Next
  9. Click the + sign next to Entitled Services
  10. Make sure to select the checkbox next to Desktops
  11. Click OK
  12. Click on the “+” sign next to Entitle Actions
  13. Select the checkbox at the top to select all Actions
  14. Click OK button
  15. Click Finish button

Request a catalog item

  1. Select the Catalog tab
  2. Click on your newly created Student# blueprint and click on the Request button
  3. Highlight the vSphere_VCenter_Machine under your Blueprint
  4. Check all the options are correct and click the Submit button
  5. Click on the Requests tab to check on the status of your Blueprint submission
  6. Check the status to ensure the request completes successfully


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