Initial vRealize Automation (vRA) Configuration Part 1 - Endpoint Configuration

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Initial Configuraton Part 1 - Endpoints

Endpoints enable external communications from vRealize Automation to other systems that perform various functions from virtual machine hosting and provisioning to networking & security and orchestration.

In this part of the initial configuration, we'll cover the creation of some of the main endpoints you'll likely encounter in a vRealize Automation deployment, including vCenter, NSX, vRealize Orchestrator, and vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS).

For this example vRA v7.3 is assumed.  vRO 7.3, NSX 6.4, and vROPS 6.6.1 are all assumed.

Add a vCenter Endpoint

Each vCenter endpoint has to match with an installed vCenter proxy agent.  The first endpoint corresponds to the initial vCenter endpoint, which is normally just named “vCenter”.  In more complex configurations that have more than one vCenter Server installed, and therefore more than one vCenter proxy agent installed, the names are usually more descriptive and match the host name of the vCenter server.  It is important to note that the name of the endpoint must match the name of the agent installation because the vCenter proxy agent comes online and checks in with the vRealize Automation Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) components every minute.  It checks the list of vCenter Server endpoints and attempts to match the endpoint name to the agent name.  If none are found, then the agent logs will have errors indicating that the endpoint cannot be found.  Once the proper endpoint is located, the agent initiates data collection using the endpoint configuration parameters to connect to the vCenter server.  The information collected from the vCenter Server is then added to the IaaS database.

To add a vCenter endpoint, use the following procedures:

  1. Click the Infrastructure tab.
    Click the infrastructure tab
  2. Click the Endpoints sub-menu on the left.
    Click the endpoints sub-menu
  3. Click the Endpoints menu item on the left.
    Click the endpoints menu item
  4. Click the “New” button.
    Click the new button
  5. Click the “vSphere (vCenter)” option.
    Click the vSphere menu item
  6. Enter the appropriate name (remember to match the agent name), address, username, and password, and click the “Test Connection” button to verify the settings.
    Click the Test Connection button
  7. Click the “OK” button to complete the creation of the endpoint.
    Click the OK button

Add an Orchestration Endpoint

To add an orchestration endpoint, use the following procedures:

  1. Click the Infrastructure tab.
    Click the Infrastructure tab
  2. Click the Endpoints sub-menu on the left.
    Click the endpoints sub-menu
  3. Click the Endpoints menu item on the left.
    Click the endpoints menu item
  4. Click the “New” button.
    Click the New button
  5. Click the vRealize Orchestrator menu item.
    Click the vRealize Orchestrator menu option
  6. Enter the name, URL, username, password, and priority, and click the “OK” button.
    Click the OK button

Create an NSX Endpoint

This step is obviously optional depending on whether NSX is already installed in the environment.  It’s not necessary to do this step at this point, regardless of whether NSX is installed or not.  If it is already installed, then it is a good idea to do it before configuring too much more within vRealize Automation.  If it’s not installed yet, you can skip this step and add it at a later date when NSX has been installed and configured.

To create an NSX endpoint, use the following procedures:

  1. Click the Infrastructure tab.
    Click the Infrastructure tab
  2. Click the Endpoints sub-menu on the left.
    Click the endpoints sub-menu
  3. Click the Endpoints menu item on the left.
    Click the endpoints menu item
  4. Click the “New” button.
    Click the New button
  5. Click the NSX menu item.
    Click the NSX menu item
  6. Enter the name, URL, username, and password, and click the “Test Connection” button to verify the settings.
    Click the Test Connection button
  7. If prompted with the untrusted certificate error, verify the certificate and click the “OK” button. In order to avoid this error, the certificate installed on the NSX manager must be signed by a root/intermediate CA that has been trusted by the IaaS server making the connection to the NSX manager.
    Accept the untrusted certificate
  8. Click the “OK” button to complete the creation of the NSX endpoint.
    Click the OK button

Create a vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS) Endpoint

Use the following procedures to create a vRealize Operations Manager endpoint:

  1. Click the Infrastructure tab.
    Click the Infrastructure tab
  2. Click the Endpoints sub-menu on the left.
    Click the endpoints sub-menu
  3. Click the Endpoints menu item on the left.
    Click the endpoints menu item
  4. Click the “New” button.
    Click the New button
  5. Click the vRealize Operations Manager menu item.
    Click the vRealize Operations Manager menu item
  6. Click the “Test Connection”
    Click the Test Connection button
  7. Verify the certificate information and click the “OK” button if this is a self-signed cert and you trust the certificate.
    Verify the certificate
  8. Click the “OK” button to finish endpoint creation.
    Click the OK button

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