Deploy a vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.6

Deploying and Configuring vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.6 is a relatively easy and straight forward process. While the deployment is pretty much the same as the prevision versions of the vRO, the configuration is slightly different.

The deployment could be done on running vSphere infrastructure, standalone VMware ESXi host or even on VMware Workstation, as the last two are not recommended for a production environments. I am going to use a vSphere cluster for this how-to article.

Requirements

vRealize Orchestrator 7.6 system requirements could be found on the following links:

Download the vRO Appliance

Before we start we need to download the vRO appliance from the VMware page. You can do so from the following link: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vcloud_suite/2018

You will find two files under this section. The OVA, which we need is for a new deployment and the ZIP file is used for an update of an older version of the orchestrator. We need the OVA file.

To be able to download the appliance, you should have a valid My VMware account, which has permissions for download, which means that you should have purchased vSphere or vRealize Automation licenses or at least trial versions of one of them.

Once you have the file, we can proceed with the deployment. It is a very generic process which is almost the same as deploying any other OVA appliances on vSphere.

Deploying the vRO Appliance

I am going to use vSphere HTML5 based client for this deployment. Login to your vCenter and navigate to Host and Clusters and select the Cluster which you would like to deploy the appliance onto. After that, from the Actions menu, select Deploy OVF Template…

Select the earlier downloaded OVF File and click Next

Type a Virtual machine name and select a Datacenter for the deployment.

After that, you will need to select Cluster (if it is a DRS enabled) or an ESXi Host.

Review the details and be sure you install vRO 7.6 or the desired one.

Read and if you are fine with it, Accept EULA.

Next step is to select a Datastore for the VM files placement. The appliance should take 1.3GB of the disk space if Thin provisioning is used. If not, you need to have 27GB of free disk space available.

Select a Network port group, which will provide the networking of your vRO appliance.

The next step is a vRO Appliance Specific. You need to provide a default root password. Here you have the capabilities to enable SSH and participation fo the VMware product improvement program.

Unless, you don’t use DHCP, you will have to provide hostname and TCP/IP settings

A final review and you are ready for a deployment.

Deployment Verification

To verify if the deploymnet went well you can do two things:

  1. Wait for the appliance deployment and monitor the console until you see screen similar to the one bellow.

2. Open the Orchestrator Server url from the screen and you should see a page similar to the one bellow.

In the next article, I will go through the basic configuration and running the new HTML5 client as well as the old Java one.

I hope this was useful. Cheers!

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