Category Archives: vCAC6

vRealize Automation vPostgres Failover

vRealize Automation vPostgres Failover

Clustering the vPostgres database is an important part of a fully distributed vRealize Automation install.  The simple install only requires a single vRealize Appliance and an IaaS Server, but the fully distributed install requires many additional pieces including load balancers to ensure both high availability as well as handling extra load placed by users.  The… Continue Reading

Custom Options for vRealize Automation Server Requests

Custom Options for vRealize Automation Server Requests

vRealize Automation is a great way to allow teams to deploy virtual machines and manage them throughout their entire lifecycle.  You can control exactly where you want the machines deployed and the processes that must happen in order to meet company guidelines.  Sometimes, you’d like to give some additional options to the end user when… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation 6.2 Upgrade

vRealize Automation 6.2 Upgrade

Upgrades for the vRealize Automation software (formerly vCloud Automation Center) seem to be coming quite often these days.  This post gives a quick overview on how to upgrade your current environment to the latest release.  Of course for official documentation, please check out VMware’s documentation for details.  vRealize Upgrade Instructions Pre-Install Steps Obviously you should… Continue Reading

VMware Appliance Console Certificates

VMware Appliance Console Certificates

During a recent install, I got stuck on an issue (or so I thought) assigning an SSL Certificate to some of the vRealize Automation Appliances.  I went through all of the installation procedures and the appliance stated “SSL Certificate Installed Successfully”, but when I went to the appliance, the certificate still showed the default VMware… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation 6 Customizations

vRealize Automation 6 Customizations

It may seem like a trivial thing, but setting up some customizations for your vCAC (now renamed vRealize Automation) deployment can really make your IaaS solution stand out, and a good looking portal might help with buy-in from your users. Branding Setting up your portal with a logo and a color scheme that mimic’s your… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation 6 Approvals

vRealize Automation 6 Approvals

Your powerful new cloud automation software is up and running, but we need to have some sort of check and balance to be sure that people aren’t creating VMs on a whim because it’s so easy to do.  For this, we can use an approval process.  Maybe a supervisor, or even the CIO can approval… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation 6 Service Blueprint

vRealize Automation 6 Service Blueprint

We’ve got the main section of vCAC (now renamed vRealize Automation) setup and running and have created some blueprints to create some servers, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.  We can utilize vCAC to perform tasks as well and in my opinion this is where vCAC really makes a big difference. Service… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation 6 Service Designer and vCO

vRealize Automation 6 Service Designer and vCO

vCAC 6 (now renamed vRealize Automation) allows us to provision more than just virtual machines.  We can also publish vCenter Orchestrator packages.  To do so, we need to configure the Service Designer. Go to the Administration Tab –> Groups and create a group that will have access to the service designer.  I just used the… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation 6 Blueprints and Catalogs

vRealize Automation 6 Blueprints and Catalogs

We’re finally ready to start building some blueprints.  Resources are available, reservations have been set, groups have been created and now we can build some blueprints. Blueprints Go to the Infrastructure Tab –> Blueprints –> Blueprints and then click “New Blueprint” –> Virtual –> vSphere (vCenter). Give the blueprint a name and a description.  In… Continue Reading