Initial vRealize Automation (vRA) Configuration Part 8 - Submit a Catalog Request

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Submit a Request to Test the Service Catalog

Now that a business group has been created with a reservation assigned, and which has been entitled to a blueprint in the catalog, we can test the configuration by verifying the item appears in the catalog for an entitled user, and we can verify the blueprint and reservation work correctly by requesting the item and ensuring it gets provisioned correctly.

Use the following procedures to submit a request and test all of the components created so far:

  1. Click the Catalog tab.
  2. Verify the catalog item is present. Click the “Request” button for the catalog item.
  3. Click the vSphere VM component in the deployment list.
  4. Modify the resource settings to desired values.
  5. Click the “Submit” button to submit the request.
  6. Click the “OK” button.
  7. Click the Requests tab.
  8. Verify the request status is “In Progress”.
  9. Click the request number link in the requests list to view details about the request.
  10. In the request details view, click the “Execution Information” link in the top right.
  11. Note the status of the allocation and provisioning steps as “In progress” and “Waiting”, respectively.
  12. Hit the Refresh button periodically to update the status of the request.
  13. Verify that the allocation step eventually changes to “Successful”.
  14. Visit the vSphere Client to watch as actions are performed against the vCenter server by the provisioning job kicked off as a result of the submitted request.
  15. When the machine cloning process is far enough, click the newly created virtual machine in the vSphere Client.
  16. Once the machine has been powered on, open the remote console for the machine.
  17. Observe the remote console as the machine is booted and customized.
  18. Wait until the machine has finished customization and is ready for use (i.e. comes to the login screen or something similar).
  19. In the vSphere Client, verify that a machine name and IP address have been assigned to the VM, indicating that it is communicating on the network and VM Tools is communicating with vCenter.
  20. Return to the vRealize Automation portal and continue to refresh the request status.
  21. Verify that the provisioning step status changes to “Successful” after a few minutes.
  22. Click the Items tab.
  23. Verify the new deployment is shown in the list, and expand the deployment components by clicking the arrow in the list next to the new deployment.
  24. Click on the vSphere virtual machine component name to view its details.
  25. Inspect the General tab information.
  26. Click the Storage tab and inspect its information.
  27. Click the Network tab and inspect its information.
  28. Click the “Close” button to close the deployment component information.  Or use the Actions on the right to perform actions against the deployment, such as power cycle, snapshot, or remote console.

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