This week I have been designing a vRealize Automation 7.2 solution for a customer. One of the things that came out of the solution requirements workshop was the ability for vRA to deploy and potentially manage containers. Whilst I knew it was possible, it encouraged me to look deeper at the technology. Thankfully it wasn’t long before a use case emerged. Continue reading
Last week I had cause to build a fully distributed/HA installation of vRealize Automation as a proof-of-concept. After encountering an issue with DTC communication, it led to a question of load-balancer configuration. Not how to do it (VMware have documented this very well), but the order of things. Continue reading
Recently I had an issue with vRealize Automation communicating with my SQL Server. Unfortunately, the IaaS database plays a fundamental part in any vRA installation, so any problem with it will severely limit your deployment. Continue reading
The installation has experienced a number of issues, the most recent being that I upgraded to version 6.2.3 and it appears to have caused an issue. Continue reading
A few days ago I found I was unable to add reservations to my vRealize Automation installation. After finding VMware knowledge base article 2089503, I realised it was because I’d forgotten to configure the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Co-ordinator (MSDTC) on my new SQL cluster. Continue reading
About a month ago I accidentally deleted a SQL database as part of a migration to a new failover cluster. The database in question was the IaaS database used by my vRealize Automation installation, and no backup was available. Mistakes like that in a lab happen from time to time and are okay, as long as you can be the one to fix them. Continue reading
In part 10 we configured the vRealize Automation default tenant for our lab. We decided against using multiple tenants as the lab is only hosting one organization, and business groups utilizing it will be defined using other means.
In this part, we configure the blueprints which will make up our service catalog. Continue reading
This is due to an error I’ve encountered whilst trying to add a licence for the IaaS components. Once I have resolved this (or pulled out all my hair and called VMware!) I will continue on with the series.
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In part 8 we installed and configured the vRealize Automation Appliance into the lab.
In this part we deploy and configure the IaaS platform. This will involve building a Windows Server VM and installing the requisite components. Once done, we will secure the platform with an SSL certificate from our Certificate Authority. Continue reading