01 – VRA7 Installation Pre-requisites (home lab)

  1. How many vms are required for VRA:
    1. Minumum :2
      1. Linux VM – VRA Appliance
      2. Windows VM – VRA Iaas Components

        Supported Operating Systems : Win Server 2008 R2 (including SPs) , Win Server 2012 R2 (including SPs)

        https://www.vmware.com/pdf/vrealize-automation-70-support-matrix.pdf

      3. Windows VM – SQL Server

        Supported Databases: MSSQL 2012 , MSSQL 2012 SP1 , MSSQL 2012 SP2 ,MSSQL 2014 , MSSQL 2014 SP1

    (Note: You can have both VRA IaaS and SQL Server on same VM)

  2. What are the supported version of AD:

    Active Directory 2008 R2 ,Active Directory 2012 , Active Directory 2012 R2

  1. Preparation ( for homelab)
    1. VRA appliance OVF
    2. Create a service user accunt in AD (srvnxg) . This account is used during VRA installation
    3. Setup vCenter to deploy VRA appliance. (This vCenter can also be endpoint for VRA)
    4. SQL Server VM (nxgdb001.nxgcloud.local)
      1. Join machine in domain (nxgcloud.local)
      2. Ensure name resolution is working, both forward lookup and reverse lookup
      3. Ensure time is in sync with AD/NTP Server
      4. Install SQL Server for IaaS Database
      5. Configure MSDTC Settings ( See MSDTC Settings section below)
      6. Configure the service account with sysadmin privileges in SQL.
      7. Turn of firewall
    5. VRA Iaas VM (nxgvraiaas01.nxgcloud.local)
      1. Join machine in domain (nxgcloud.local)
      2. Ensure name resolution is working, both forward lookup and reverse lookup
      3. Add Service account to local administrators group (srvnxg)
      4. Ensure SecondaryLogOnService is running
      5. Install dotnet 4.5.2
      6. Ensure time is in sync with AD/NTP Server

MSDTC Settings:

Start->Administrative Tools -> Component Services

Computers->My Computer -> Distributed Transaction Coordinator-> Local DTC -> Properties

Sysadmin privileges in SQL Server:

Login to SQL Server Management Studio

Security->Logins->New Login

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