Objective 3.3: Install and Configure vRealize Business Standard for use with vRealize Automation

This is part of my VCP7-CMA study guide – Objective 3.3: Install and Configure vRealize Business Standard for use with vRealize Automation.

Official Blueprint-


Knowledge

  • Create and configure a vRealize Business tenant
  • Create a user based on defined credentials for vRealize Business in vRealize Automation
  • Select the credentials for the vRealize Business user
  • Configure vRealize Business to connect to vRealize Automation

Tools


Install vRealize Business Standard

  1. Deploy the OVF template and follow the wizard –2
  2. Customize Template –
    Currency – You cannot change the currency configuration after deploying!
    Enable Server –  Select the Enable Server option if this is going to be the vRealize Business for Cloud server, If you are deploying only a data collector for remote access then deselect this option.
    Networking – Make sure you expand the Networking Properties at the bottom of the page and configure the IP ,default gateway, netmask and DNS.8
  3. Go grab a cup of coffee and wait for the deployment to complete.

Configure vRealize Business Standard

  1. Log-in to the vRB console – https://vrb-fqdn-or-ip:5480
  2. Before registering with vRA we need to configure NTP.
    Navigate to Administrator > Time Settings.
  3. Configure the “Time Sync. Mode” to “Use Time Server” and write down the IP or DNS of your NTP server.1-NTP.JPG
  4. Now let’s register the vRealize Business with the vRealize Automation,
    go to vRealize Automation Tab,
    Hostname – IP or hostname of the vRealize Automation Appliance.
    SSO Default Tenant – this will be your default tenant name, usually – vsphere.local.
    SSO Admin User – only the user name of the administrator…
    SSO Admin Password – well… the admin user password.
    Accept “vRealize Automation” certificate – Yes please. if this is the first time you register this with vRA – you need this.2-vra-register
  5. After you click “Register” it will take a few moments – Make sure you see this green text – “Registered with vRealize Automation” and the SSO Status – “Connected to vRealize Automation”.3-vRA registered.JPG
  6. Next we need to configure vRealize Automation to use vRealize Business for Cloud and assign permissions.
  7. Log in to the vRealize Automation – https://vRA_hostname/vcac/org/tenant
  8. Go to Administration tab > Users & Groups and select Custom Groups.
  9. Select the user or group you want to add the vRB role
  10. From the “Add Roles to this Group” – select the required privileges.4-vRA-roles.JPGSome clarification from the official documentation (page 23 ) –

    • If the user has to perform all administration tasks such as managing connections, managing public cloud account, updating reference database, assign the Business Management Administrator role to a user who has the Tenant Administration role.
    • If the user has to view and update the cost information only, assign Business Management Administrator role.
    • If the user has to view the details but not update the information, assign Business Management Read only role.
    • If the user has to view the assigned tenant details, but not perform other administration, assign the Business Management Controller role.
  11. Click Update and Refresh the browser (log-out and log-in will do magic sometime…).
  12. The Business Managment tab is available in the vRA UI.5-vra-newtab
  13. Click the Business Managment tab and enter your license key.6-vrb-serial

Next will be to add the vCenter server to vRB, I think its out of the scope of the exam but here it is –

  1. Configure the vCenter in vRB.
    Go to Administration > Business Managment.8-vra
  2. Extend the vCenter Server and click the + sign
    Here you will add your “Resource” vCenter – where you are provision VMs from vRA.9
  3. When prompt – Select to Install the certificate.10.JPG
  4. Go back to Business Managment tab and click on the “Status” sign. Click “Update Now” under the vCenter data collection and wait for the data collection to run successfully.11.JPG
  5. Back to the Business Managment tab and you should see some data.12.JPG
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VCP7-CMA Study Guide

I created this VCP7-CMA (2V0-731) study guide in order to help myself and anyone else studying towards VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation Exam  (currently – Beta).

This exam is focus on VMware vRealize® 7.x environment (Automation, Orchenstrator, Business) but you should have a good understanding of vSphere (VCP level) and some minimal knowldge of NSX and vCloud Air (as vRA Endpoints).

I will link to external blogs for most of the stuff for simplicity and speed, if you are the original writer and don’t want me to link to your blog – just write me (gilad.brown at gmail).

Official exam page

Official study tools (as suggested in the blueprint) –

Content:

Section 1 Create and Modify vRealize Automation Blueprints
Objective 1.1 Create, Modify and Publish Blueprints Based on a Given Design
Objective 1.2 Create and Manage XaaS Blueprints with Custom Resource Mappings
Section 2 Configure and Manage Tenants and Business Groups
Objective 2.1 Create and Manage Tenants
Objective 2.2 Create and Manage Directories
Objective 2.3 Create and Manage Business Groups
Objective 2.4 Manage User and Group Role Assignments
Section 3 Install and Configure vRealize Automation and Related Components
Objective 3.1 Install a Minimal Deployment
Objective 3.2 Install an Enterprise Deployment
Objective 3.3 Install and Configure vRealize Business Standard for use with vRealize Automation
Objective 3.4 Troubleshoot Common vRealize Automation Installation and Configuration Errors
Section 4 Configure and Manage the vRealize Automation Catalog
Objective 4.1 Manage the vRealize Automation Catalog
Objective 4.2 Create and Manage Approval Policies
Objective 4.3 Provision Resources from a vRealize Automation Catalog
Objective 4.4 Locate and Reclaim Resources Based on Provided Criteria
Objective 4.5 Manage Provisioned Resources
Section 5 Configure and Administer Fabric Groups and Endpoints
Objective 5.1 Create and Manage VMware Endpoints
Objective 5.2 Create and Manage Fabric Groups, Reservations and Network Profiles
Section 6 Extend a vRealize Automation Implementation
Objective 6.1 Configure vRealize Orchestrator for use with vRealize Automation
Objective 6.2 Create and Manage Event Broker Subscriptions
Objective 6.3 Configure Virtual Machine Lifecycle Automation
Objective 6.4 Install and Configure Plugins in vRealize Orchestrator
Objective 6.5 Modify and Run Basic vRealize Orchestrator Workflows

Additional materials –

  • The IT Hollow – Eric Shanks amazing blog, I have learned much of what I know about vRealize Automation from this blog.
  • VirtualJad – Another amazing blog by Jad El-Zein, lots of technical info about vRA, NSX and Automation.
  • Grant Orchard blog – blog focus on vRealize Automation.
  • VM to Cloud – Ryan Kelly blog, Automation and DevOps stuff.
  • VCP7-CMA (2V0-731) Practice Exam
  • HOL – VMware Hands On Labs
    • HOL-1721-USE-1 – vRealize Automation 7 Basics
    • HOL-1721-USE-2 – vRealize Automation 7 Advanced
    • HOL-1721-USE-3 – vRealize Automation Advanced Extensibility
    • HOL-1790-CHG-1 – vRealize Automation: Challenge Lab
    • HOL-1783-HBD-1 – VMware vCloud Air – Manage Your Cloud
    • HOL-1706-SDC-1 – Cloud Management Platform: Integrating the Parts
    • HOL-1706-SDC-6 – Guide to SDDC: VMware Validated Designs

I will try to update this page with more resources in the future so keep checking this page from time to time. Please comment or email me if you think I missed something.

Good luck with the exam!

Gilad