If following the posts in order, this guide should help you setup vRealize Automation 7 from start to finish. This is a getting started guide that will hopefully get you on the right path, answer any questions you might have, and give you tips on deploying your own cloud management portal.

Setup vRealize Automation 7


Part 1 – Simple Installation

Part 2 -Base Setup

Part 3 – Authentication

Part 4 – Tenants

Part 5 – Endpoints

Part 6 – Fabric Groups

Part 7 – Business Groups

Part 8 – Reservations

Part 9 – Services

Part 10 – Custom Groups

Part 11 – Blueprints

Part 12 – Entitlements

Part 13 – Manage Catalog Items

Part 14 – Event Subscriptions

Part 15 – Custom Properties

Part 16 – XaaS Blueprints

Part 17 – Resource Actions

Part 18 – Enterprise Install

Part 19 – Load Balancer Settings

Part 20 – NSX Initial Setup

Part 21 – NSX Blueprints

Part 22 – Code Stream and Jenkins Setup

Part 23 – Code Stream and Artifactory Setup

Part 24 – Add Custom Items to vRA7

Part 25 – Upgrade vRA from 7.1 to 7.2


If you’re looking for a getting started video, check out this pluralsight course for a quick leg up on vRA 7.


vRealize Automation 7 Official Links

Release Notes – http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-70-release-notes.html

Support Matrix – https://www.vmware.com/pdf/vrealize-automation-70-support-matrix.pdf

VMware Documentation – http://pubs.vmware.com/vra-70/index.jsp

VRealize Automation Load Balancing Configuration Guide – http://pubs.vmware.com/vra-70/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vrealize-automation-70-load-balancing.pdf

Download vRealize Automation 7 from the VMware site – https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_automation/7_0

vRealize Automation SDK 7.0 – https://developercenter.vmware.com/web/sdk/7.0.0/vrealize-automation

VMware vRealize Automation Cloud Client – https://developercenter.vmware.com/tool/cloudclient/4.0.0


Unofficial Blogs that focus on vRealize Automation

virtualjad.com  – Jad El-Zein (Author)

grantorchard.com – Grant Orchard (Author)

vmtocloud.com – Ryan Kelly (Author)


Helpful Places for utilities related to vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Automation

Download the vRA / vCAC Icon Pack here: http://www.vmtocloud.com/vravcac-icon-pack/


The list below are people to follow on twitter for more vRealize Automation related goodies

Jad El-Zein – @virtualjad

Grant Orchard – @grantorchard

VMware Cloud Mgmt – @vmwarecloudmgmt

Yves Sandfort – @yvessandfort

Ryan Kelly – @vmtocloud


vRealize Automation 7 Guide

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  2. I just started a new job where they are currently using vRealize 6.0.x Automation (vRA) and they currently have the VMware vCloud Suite 6 Enterprise for vSphere Unlimited CPUs. I was curious if the upgrade to vRealize 7.0 is free or if there is a charge. Thank you very much

    • We were able to upgrade to 7 through our VMware rep. No Charge. You upgrade to the level you were at, we were 6 Advanced so we got 7 Advanced.

      I understand there is an import tool now for vRealize 7 that pulls vRA 6 in. Good luck!

      BTW, great site Eric!

  3. Eric, your course is awesome. Loved it!
    Looking forward to more advanced courses in vRA and other VMware products like vROM or vRLI etc.

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