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

Part 26 – Adding an Azure Endpoint

Part 27 – Installing vRealize Code Stream for IT DevOps

Part 28 – Configuring Endpoints for vRealize Code Stream for IT DevOps

Part 29 – Using vRealize Code Stream for IT DevOps

Part 30 – Unit Testing with vRealize Code Stream for IT DevOps

Part 31 – Containers on vRealize Automation

Part 32 – vRA 7.3 Component Profiles

Part 33 – vRA 7.5 Upgrade

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

And if you’re looking for a bit more focused detail on using vRA 7, there is also a course for extending the basic capabilities of vRA 7 also from Pluralsight.


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)

open902.com – Mike Rudloff


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

Mike Rudloff – @michael_rudloff


vRealize Automation 7 Guide

27 Responses to vRealize Automation 7 Guide

  1. I feel that is one of the most important info for me. And i’m happy reading your article.

    However want to statement on few common issues, The site style is perfect, the articles is in point of fact
    nice : D. Good process, cheers

  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.

  4. Eric,

    Excellent stuff. I have a question. In my company we have VRA 6.2 running with lots of blue prints and customisation. We have installed VRA 7.2 newly. Is there a way to export / import everything from old VRA to new environment? I mean all custom properties, build profiles, entitlement, service catalog etc.


    • I believe you can do this through the cloud client which allows you to import/export configurations through the API.
      If it were me, I’d probably try to manually move them over and switch from stubs (vra 6) to event subscriptions (vra 7) at this time. It might be a bit painful, but provides a good avenue to redo things the new way as opposed to trying to keep using stubs.

      Good luck on your migration and thanks for reading.

      • Thanks Eric. Replacing stubs to event subscription is not difficult. Problem, I am facing is migrating many custom properties and build profiles. I found a vco workflow using which I can export build profiles from VRa 6.2 but in new VRA build profiles are called property group so I am not sure if I can use the exported XML file.

        • Yeah, I’m not saying that can’t be done, but I’ve never messed with it enough to find out. I’ve always rebuilt them, but usually I don’t have very many of them to deal with.

  5. Hi, love you series of articles – thank you!

    I have a totally newbie question that I hope you can answer – I want to enable a blueprint for multiple reservations, without having to replicate the blueprint for each reservation/virtual POC environment.

    I’ve posted the question on the VMware community but so far have no response.

    Any change you would have a minute to help me out?

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