vRA-Lab-06-How to Configure vRealize IaaS Components Baseline (Part 1)

I am going to install the vRealize Automation IaaS components on Windows 2012 R2, I had installed Server OS and join it to domain. Now let’s see, what are the prerequisite which we need to configure before start the installation of vRealize IaaS. For installation. You should check following VMware kb 2088128

1-Prepare the SQL environment:

Step 1: Install the SQL Server and make sure do not create “vRealize vCAC DB” on it. In my lab, I had installed the “SQL Server 2012 Express Edition” on the same system, where I will install the vRealize IaaS components. But in production, both should be on different systems and appropriate port/ports are configured in windows firewall as well for allow communication between them.

NOTE: if you want to manually install the vRealize Automation DB then you should go to https://vrealizeautomationappliaceIP:5480/installer/ and download the database installation scritps.

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Step 2: Log in to your SQL environment using “SQL Server Management Studio” and perform these steps:

Add the vRealize Automation Service account as a user with “sysadmin privileges” to the SQL Server environment

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NOTE: make sure when you give right to the Service user. You must login to SQL with the user who have permission to assign rights to other users.

Step 3: Go to “SQL Server Configuration Manager”. In configuration manager -> SQL Server Network Configuration -> Click on “Protocol For SQL Express” -> Right Click on “TCP/IP” and “enable” it

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Next Restart the SQL Server services.

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Step 4 (optional): if you are using the “SQL Server Express Edition” then make sure “SQL Server browser service” is running.

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Step 5: From “Server Manager” -> click on “Component Services” and complete these steps:

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Navigate to Computers > My Computer > Distributed Transactions. Right-click “Local DTC” and click “Properties”.

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On the “Security” tab, ensure there are checkmarks present for “Network DTC Access, Allow Remote Clients, Allow Inbound, and Allow Outbound”.

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Once done, click “OK” to save changes and “close” Component Services.

2-Prepare your IaaS Windows Server (Manual Installation)

Step 1: Log in to your IaaS server(s) as an administrator.

From “Computer Management”, ensure the relevant vRealize Automation Service account (iaas-srv)  is part of the “local Administrators” group.

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Log out of your IaaS server(s) and log back in as the vRealize Automation service account.

Step 2: From Server Manager -> Click on “Local Security Policy”.

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In Local Security Policy -> Local Policies ->Click on “User Right Assignment”

Add the vRealize Automation Service account (iaas-srv) to the policies.

  • Assignment Log on as a batch job
  • Assignment Log on as a service

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Step 3: From “Server Manager” -> click on “Component Services” and complete these steps.

NOTE: if SQL Server and IaaS components are on same machine, then you should skip this step because we already configured it previously.

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Navigate to Computers > My Computer > Distributed Transactions. Right-click “Local DTC” and click “Properties”.

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On the “Security” tab, ensure there are checkmarks present for “Network DTC Access, Allow Remote Clients, Allow Inbound, and Allow Outbound”.

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Once done, click “OK” to save changes and “close” Component Services.

Step 4:  Go to Server Manager -> Click on “Add Roles and Features” and add the following Roles to the IaaS server:

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In Server Roles->Click on “IIS Web Server” -> Click “Next”

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In “Features” -> Add the following features to the IaaS server and Click “Next”

  • NET Framework 3.5 Feature with Non-HTTP Activation
  • NET Framework 4.5 Feature with WCF Services (HTTP Activation and TCP Port Sharing)
  • Windows Process Activation Service including .NET Environment 3.5

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In Web Server Role (IIS) -> Role Services, Add following Role Services and Click “Next”

  • Leave all IIS Web Server option as defaults
  • In Security add option “Windows Authentication
  • Add all ASP.NET options under the “Application Development

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By default Role/Feature wizard will not pick the media even your CD ROM is mounted and then installation will be failed. To complete the installation successfully, here is a trick. In “confirmation” tab of wizard click on hyperlink “Specify an alternate source path”

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Specify the Media Source Path. In my case “D” is my CD ROM Drive with Windows Media. Once done, click “OK”

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Click “Install”

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Verify the installation completed successfully as shown below -> Click “Close”

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Thats it for this part 1. to be continued on part 2

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