Now that we’ve setup our new tenant, lets login as an infrastructure admin and start assigning some resources that we can use. To do this we need to start by adding an endpoint. An endpoint is anything that vRA uses to complete it’s provisioning processes. This could be a public cloud resource such as Amazon Web Services, an external orchestrator appliance, or a private cloud hosted by Hyper-V or vSphere.
In the example below, we’ll add a vSphere endpoint. Go to the Infrastructure Tab –> Credentials and then click the “New” button to add a login. Give it a name and description that will help you remember what the credentials are used for. I like to name my credentials the same as the endpoint in which they’re connecting. Enter a User Name and a password, which will be encrypted. When done, click the green check mark to save the credentials. DON’T FORGET TO DO THIS OR IT WON’T BE SAVED!
Now that we’ve got some credentials to use, go to Infrastructure Tab –> Endpoints and then click the “New” button again. Here I’m selecting Virtual –> vSphere (vCenter) because thats the type of endpoint I’m connecting to. Your mileage may vary.
Fill out the name which should match the agents that were created during the installation. If you kept all of the defaults during the install, the first vCenter agent is named “vCenter” spelled exactly like this with the capital “C”. Give it a description and then enter the address. The address for a vCenter should be https://vcenterFQDN/sdk. Now click the ellipsis next to credentials and select the username/password combination that we created earlier.
Optional: If you’re using a product like VMware NSX or the older vCNS product, click the “Specify manager for network and security platform” and then enter an address and new set of credentials for this login.
When you’re done click save.
In this post we connected vRealize Automation 7 to a vSphere environment and we added at least one set of credentials. This should allow us to start creating fabric groups and reservations in the next few posts, but first vRA will need to do a quick discovery on the endpoint.