Category: vRA

vRA 7 – How to restart the vRealize Automation Installation Wizard

The vRealize Automation Installation Wizard presents you with easy to use walk though page where you check for prerequisites, enter settings, validate settings, and install vRealize Automation components. If by chance you have closed out of it by mistake, below are steps that allow you to restart the vRA Installation Wizard.

  1. Open the vRA console from the vRA appliance and login as Root
  2. Type in cd /usr/sbin and click on Enter

  3. Next type in ./vcac-vamin installation-wizard activate and click on Enter. Type in Yes when prompt and click on Enter. You should now see that the installation wizard has been activated.

  1. You should now see the Wizard pop back up.

vRA 7 – How to use the Guest Agent to install an application, run a batch script, or run a Powershell script

The following guide will show you how to use vRealize Automation 7’s guest agent to install applications, batch scripts, and powershell scripts on Windows VM. This is useful for those who want to automate installs and configurations of the guest operation system. Thanks to Jaime Gonzales for the assistance with this.

  1. Make sure the prerequisites are completed before starting
    1. First make sure the vRA guest agent is installed on the VMs. Instructions can be found here
    2. The scripts and applications are located locally on the local machine


  2. Go to Administration > Property Group


  3. Use the following example to run a Powershell script on the local drive (change script path as needed) and click on OK


  4. Use the following example to run a Batch/Command
    script on the local drive and click on OK


  5. Use the following example to run a local software on the local drive and click on OK


  6. Now edit a Blueprint and add your custom group to Properties > Property Groups > Add



vRealize Automation 7 Installation Guide

The Following guide will show you how to install vRealize Automation 7 in minimal deployment mode. The guide also walks you through how to configure SQL Server and other prerequisites.


This section presents detailed prerequisites required prior to the installation of all components of vRealize Automation Center 7.0

vRealize Automation Center Server Virtual Machine Prerequisites

To prepare for installation of the vRealize Automation Center server virtual machine you must first build a Windows Server with the following Prerequisites.

  1. Verify that the virtual machine is configured with the following hardware and software:
  • 2 vCPUs or more.
  • 4GB RAM or more.
  • 30GB disk space or more. VMware recommends creating a separate partition for use by the virtual machine.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine, with the most current updates.
  • Static IP address.
  1. Verify that the vRealize Automation Center Server is joined to a domain.
  2. Create a domain user account (for example, vrasrvacc) in Active Directory.
  3. Log in to the vRealize Automation Center Server as administrator.
  4. Add the vrasrvacc account to the local administrators group.

    Installation Prerequisites of vRealize Automation Center Database Server

To verify the prerequisites for installation of vRealize Automation Center database server

  1. Log in to the Microsoft SQL server with local administrator privileges.
  2. Configure MSDTC and start the service if it is not already running, as follows:
    1. Open Component Services from Administrative Tools.
    2. Expand Component Services > Computers > My Computer > Distributed Transaction Coordinator.
    3. Right-click Local DTC and select Properties.
    4. Click the Security tab.
    5. Select Network DTC Access.
    6. Select Allow Remote Clients.
    7. Select Allow Inbound and Allows Outbound.
    8. Select Mutual Authentication Required.

    9. Click Apply
    10. In the warning message dialog box stating that the MSDTC service will be stopped and restarted, click Yes.
    11. Click OK in the MSDTC service has been restarted dialog box.
  3. Configure the database TCP/IP protocol as follows:
    1. For Sql 2008: Click Start > Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.
    2. For SQL 2012: Start > Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    3. Click Configuration Tools.
    4. Open SQL Server Configuration Manager.
    5. Select SQL Server Network Configuration.
    6. Select Protocols for MSSQLSERVER.

    7. Right-click TCP/IP and select Enable (if it is not already enabled).
    8. Close SQL Server Configuration Manager.
  4. Configure the database credentials as follows:
    1. Open SQL Server Management Studio.
    2. On the Connect to Server screen, type the SQL Administrator credentials and click Connect.
    3. Add the vrasrvacc account to the logins.
      1. Security > Logins
      2. Right click on Logins and choose New Login
      3. Select Windows Authentication and click on Search to search for Service account
      4. Make sure to change the Locations to the domain and click on OK
    4. Add the vrasrvacc account to the sysadmin role so that it can create the database and alter its size.
      1. Click on Server Roles
      2. Check Sysadmin and click on OK

  5. If you are using SQL Server Express, set the SQL Server Browsing service to automatic, and start it.
  6. Make sure to turn off all firewall settings on the SQL server

    Installing vRealize Automation

  1. Download the vRA 7 appliance from and deploy the OVF
  2. Open a browser and go to https://FQDN-vAPP-Appliance:5480

  3. Enter username Root and the password you set during the appliance installation

  4. Click on Next

  5. Click on Next

  6. Select your deployment method and click on Next

  7. Download the Install Management Agents by clicking on vCAC-IaaSManagementAgent-Setup.msi

  8. Run the installer on your Windows IAAS machine

  9. Click on Next
  10. Accept the License agreement and click on Next

  11. Keep the default destination and Click on Next

  12. Enter the vRA appliance information and click on Load to load the fingerprint. Click on Next

  13. Enter the credentials with Admin rights and click on Next

  14. Click on Install
  15. Once the install is completed click on Finish

  16. Now go back to your Installation wizard and enter a Time Server. Notice how your IAAS windows server is now discovered. Click on Next
  17. Run the prerequisite checker

  18. Wait a few minutes for it to check prerequisites

  19. You can choose to review the results and click on Fix to update all errors

  20. Once all errors are fixed you will see a Status of OK. Click on Next

  21. Click on Resolve Automatically and click on Next

  22. Enter the Single Sign-On password and click on Next

  23. Enter your IAAS Host information and click on Next

  24. Enter your SQL server information and click on validate when completed. Click on Next if the connection to SQL is validated.
  25. Enter the service account to be used for the DEM and click on Next

  26. Enter the service account to be used by the Agents an click on Next

  27. Select your certificate choice and click on Save Generated Certificate

  28. Then click on Next when completed

  29. Repeat the same process for the Web Certificate.

  30. Click on Next

  31. Click on Next

  32. Click on Validate

  33. Once complete make sure everything is Succeeded and click on Next

  34. Now is a good time to take a snapshot before we start the install of vRA. Click on Next when snapshot is completed.

  35. Click on Install to start the installation of vRA.

  36. Verify that every is succeeded and click on Next

  37. Enter the License Key and click on Next.

  38. Click on Next

  39. Set a password for the configurationadmin account and then click on Create Initial Content. Click on Next

  40. Click on Finish