Requesting The vSphere Initial Setup

This article will demonstrate the process of accomplishing the basic configuration of vRA 7 by requesting the catalog item „vSphere Initial Setup“, which has been created as described in the previous article (8.17).

9. Configuration As A Service

9.1 Access your vRA Appliance console by navigating to fqdn-of-your-appliance/vcac in your browser

9.2 Enter the credentials of the user „configurationadmin“ which you have specified in step 8.17 and login:
Appliance Console Login

9.3 Switch to the Catalog tab. There you should see a item labeled „vSphere Initial Setup“:
Appliance Console Catalog

9.4 Click Request and proceed as it fits your needs. I decided to create the new Tenant „evoila“ and determine myself as the tenant and infrastructure admin:
vSphere Initial Setup Tenant Settings

9.5 In this step, you provide details about your vSphere environment. You have to make sure that you enter the Endpoint name exactly as it was specified in step 8.10:
vSphere Initial Setup vSphere Settings

9.6 After clicking Submitswitch to the Requests tab and make sure that there’s a entry for „vSphere Initial Setup“ with status „In Progress“

9.7 Go the the Inbox tab and click Manual User Action in the left side navigation. Click the Refresh button at the bottom regularly until an entry appears

9.8 By following the wizard provided by that task, you are able to specify additional information regarding your desired Reservation. You can also import Virtual Machine Templates for using them as VM Blueprints

The basic configuration of vRealize Automation 7 now is completed and you are able to login on the Tenant with the user defined in step 9.4. If you chose to create a new Tenant – as I did, the URL is fqdn-of-your-appliance/vcac/org/tenant-name.

The further configuration which can be accomplished from now depends on the underlying infrastructure. A potential next step would be to link an Active Directory in order to enable your existing users access to the Tenant. Additionally, you should make use of the internal functionalities of vRA 7 to assign only the required permissions to the users.

To figure out the further steps, you can check out the ones that are suggested by the Goal Navigator which can be toggled using the button on the left-hand side of the screen:
vRA 7 Goal Navigator

That’s it folks. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us!

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