With vRA 8.x there has been a lot of artictecal changes made.
For more details you can refer vRealize Automation 8 – What’s New Overview

In this post we’ll be looking at how we can deploy vRealize Automation 8.0 using the new Easy Installer that ships with the product. I’ll be concentrating on the UI version of the installation as that is what most people who are new to the product will use.

The process below mirrors that of the vRealize Automation 8 Installation Guide on the VMware Documentation site. Before using this guide, be sure to check there for the latest information on the installation process.


Installation Overview

The process for the installation is relatively simple and straight forward and has a great wizard to guide you.

At a high level the installation completes the following stages:

  1. Download the vRealize Easy Installer
  2. Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0
  3. Configure vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0, inlcuding:
    • Adding a Managed vCenter
    • Adding a vRealize Automation Environment.
  4. Deploy VMware Identity Manager 3.3.1 via vRSLCM.
  5. Deploy vRealize Automation 8.0 via vRSLCM.


Resource Requirements

Whilst the number of virtual machines required has been drastically reduced (#NoMoreWindows), the amount of resources required hasn’t.

Each vRealize Automation 8 deployment will need a minimum of:

RequirementsvRealize Suite Lifecycle ManagerVMware Identity ManagervRealize Automation
Virtual CPU228
Memory/RAM Size (GB)6632
Disk Size (GB)336076

So for a vRealize Automation 8 HA deployment, that is:

RequirementsvRealize Suite Lifecycle ManagerVMware Identity ManagervRealize Automation
Virtual CPU2224
Memory/RAM Size (GB)6696
Disk Size (GB)3360228

The full VMware documentation on resource requirements can be found here.

DNS Naming Requirements

From a DNS perspective, each node/appliance within the solution will require a DNS A Record and PTR record to enable both forward and reverse name resolution.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hostname changes post deployment are NOT supported.

Network Requirements

From a Network perspective, the requirements haven’t really changed. For each of the components within the deployment will need the usual

  • Static IP Address (IPv4)
  • Network Mask
  • IP Default Gateway
  • DNS Server IP Address

IMPORTANT NOTE: IP Address changes post deployment are NOT supported.

Download the vRealize Automation 8.0 ISO file from My VMware.

Mount the vra-lcm-installer.iso disk image to the local system and navigate to the following folder:

At the Appliance Deployment Target page, enter the vCenter Server Hostname, the HTTPS Port, the Username to connect to the vCenter Server and finally the Password for the user. Click Next.

At the Select a Location page, select the target location (DataCenter or Virtual Machine Folder) within the vCenter Server.

Select appropriate Compute Resource and Storage location and proceed further.

At the Network Configuration page, select the target network from Network dropdown, enter the Subnet Mask, the Default Gateway address, the address for the DNS Servers, the Domain Name and, finally, the NTP Servers.

At the Lifecycle Manager Configuration page, enter the Virtual Machine Name, the IP Address of the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8 appliance and the desired Hostname (FQDN).

At the Identity Manager Configuration page, select the Install New VMware Identity Manager option. Then, using information for the Identity Manager Appliance, enter the Virtual Machine Name, the IP Address, the Hostname (FQDN), the name of the Default Configuration User and (optionally) check the Sync Group Members to the Directory When Adding Group checkbox

At the vRealize Automation Configuration page, ensure that the Skip vRealize Automation Installation toggle is off. Select the Standard Deployment option and enter the License Key for vRealize Automation 8. Then, using information for the vRealize Automation 8 Appliance, enter the Virtual Machine Name, the IP Address and (finally) the Hostname (FQDN).

At the Summary page, confirm all of the information has been entered correctly and click Submit.

The installation will now complete (assuming you have entered all the of the correct information!) and eventually you will be prompted with the following screen:

From an ease of installation, VMware vRealize Automation 8 is quantum leap ahead of the previous versions. The fact that it no longer requires Oracle/Sun Java Runtime, Microsoft Windows (woot! no MSDTC errors!), Microsoft .NET or Microsoft SQL Server (almost) is a blessing for everyone. Is it perfect? No it is not, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.