VVD on VxRail – Deploy vRealize Suite Leveraging vRSLCM (Part1 – vRA)

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VMware VVD solutions leverage vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) tool for the automated deployment and the lifecycle management of the vRealize Suite products, namely:

  • vRealize Automation,
  • vRealize Operations Manager
  • vRealize Business for Cloud
  • vRealize Log Insight.

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Specifically posts Part1&2 in this series focus on deploying vRealize Automation (vRA). vRA provides the self-service portal and is the main user interface within the CMP itself. Full List of VMs and VIPs that make up a vRA install:

VRAInfraListlcm

The components deployed automagically by vRSLCM are as follows:

2X vRealize Automation appliances behind a load balancer (linux appliances)
2X IaaS Web servers behind a load balancer (Windows)
2X IaaS Manager servers (Windows)
2X IaaS DEM servers (Windows)
2X IaaS proxy agents (Windows)

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VVD on VxRail solution consists of two Domains (clusters):

  • Management Domain
  • Shared Edge and Compute Domain (Workload Domain)

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All of the vRealize Suite components get deployed (by vRSLCM) into the Management Domain:

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For more information on the architecture of VVD on VxRail please check out this cool lightboard video from Jason:

VVD for SDDC on VxRail Lightboard Overview

Pre-Reqs External to vRSLCM

  • SQL server installation.
  • DNS entries for all the components including virtual IP addresses.
  • Ensuring NTP & time is correct across all related components.
  • IaaS associated user accounts.
  • NSX Load balancer.
  • Windows template (vCenter).

Pre-Reqs Within vRSLCM

Begin by logging into vRSLCM GUI, defaut creds for local auth = admin@localhost\vmware.

  • Home – Create Datacenter
  • Register vCenter Server instance(s)
  • Product Binaries (covered in part 2)

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More to follow: Part 2 shall delve more into the deployment process…

Note: please use these posts as complimentary notes to official deployment documentation which can be found here:
-Dell EMC community VVD on VxRail landing page.

In advance of Part 2 some additional info:
VxRAIL – VVD 4.3 (Notes)
vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager – YouTube Channel
vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Errors: The Easy Way

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