This article will demonstrate the process of deploying the vRA 7 Appliance to your existing vSphere infrastructure.
As a prerequisite, we expect you to have access to your vCenter Server and prepared a network to serve as the management network.
You should also have downloaded the vRA 7 Appliance OVF Template and own a valid license key.


After downloading the Appliance OVF Template you can either use the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client to deploy it into your environment. The only differences you will experience regarding the tasks described in this article are the following:

vSphere ClientvSphere Web Client
Starting deploymentFile → Deploy OVF Template…

vSphere Client Deploy OVF Template

right-click desired Datacenter → Deploy OVF Template…

vSphere Web Client Deploy OVF Template

Virtual Machine ConsoleVM → Summary tab → Commands section → Open Console

vSphere Client VM Console

VM → Summary tab → click the preview image to open the console
or download and install VMware Remote Console and open it using
VM → Summary tab → Open with VMRC
vSphere Web Client VMRC

1. Depending on which client you use, start the deployment of the OVF Template and specify its location in the first step:
Deploy OVF Template Source Location

2. Just some details. The ones regarding the required disk size depending on the disk format you will choose later may be of interest:
Deploy OVF Template Details

3. Accept the license agreement

4. Choose a name for the VM and its Inventory location:
Deploy OVF Template VM Name And Location

5. Select a Host or Cluster for the VM:
Deploy OVF Template Host

6. Choose a Resource Pool:
Deploy OVF Template Resource Pool

7. Select a destination storage:
Deploy OVF Template Storage

8. Choose your preferred disk format:
Deploy OVF Template Disk Format

9. Map the network of the Template to one in your Inventory by clicking the column below Destination Networks“:
Deploy OVF Template Network

10. In this step, you provide the password for the root user account and specify network settings:
Deploy OVF Template Properties

11. Review your inputs and finish the deployment. Optionally, you can click the „Power on after deployment“ checkbox

12. The deployment starts and should take some minutes:
Deploy OVF Template Deploying

13. After the VM was powered on, you can open the console and watch the booting process until you see the following screen:
Deploy OVF Template Finished Deployment

The Appliance now is ready for being configured. But be patient, that part will follow later.


In part three, you will read how to configure a Windows Server Virtual Machine for using it as the IaaS host.
So if you have not already done so, create a new Virtual Machine running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

VMware recommends at least 2 CPUs, 8 GB Memory and 30 GB disk size.
But if you plan to install the SQL Server on the IaaS host, like a future article describes, you may want to provide some extra resources.

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