Part 3: vRealize Automation 6.2 (vRA) – Configuring the inbuilt vCO server.

Green tick and Circle indicate a successful run
Green tick and Circle indicate a successful run

This is Part 3 of vRealize Automation, and covers configuring the inbuilt vCO server. This will use the inbuilt vCO server that comes bundled in the vRA Appliance and will cover the initial configuration and the configuration of the plugins.

 Start the vCO Service

  1. First we need to start the vCO service on the vRA Appliance, to do this telnet to the vRA appliance
  2. Type “service vco-configurator start
    Start vCO Services - vRA 6.2

    Start vCO Services – vRA 6.2

  3. Then we need to ensure everything is up and running. Navigate to the vcac appliance in a web browser (DO not use IE, you may get and click on the last option vCenter Orchestrator Configurator. Or navigate directly to https://FQDN:8283/vco-config
    Launch vCO from vRA 6.2 website

    Launch vCO from vRA 6.2 website

Note: Using some versions of IE will not work, you will get the error “Login failed: User/password mismatch or account temporarily blocked after too many unsuccessful attempts” Chrome, or Firefox work fine.

Register vCenter and vRA with vCO

  1. You now need to register vCenter and vRA with vCO, which in 6.2 is done using workflows, so head back to the vCAC website and launch the vCO Client (Java is required).
    Launch vCO from vRA 6.2 website

    Launch vCO from vRA 6.2 website

  2. Enter your credentials for an SSO user.
    Launch vCO Client

    Launch vCO Client (Java needed)

  3. We will first configure Active Directory. Expand out Library –> Microsoft –> Configuration –> Right Click Configure Active Directory Server –> Click Start Workflow
    Configure AD from vCO

    Configure AD from vCO

  4.  Enter the FQDN for your AD server, the root, and optionally the Default Domain
    Configure AD Details in vCO

    Configure AD Details in vCO

  5. Select User a Shared Session and enter the credentials, I am using a service account called SVC_VCO and my domain is called LAB as shown below:
    Enter AD Credentials

    Enter AD Credentials

  6. If you are unfamiliar with vCO the workflow will now run and should finish on the green circle, a green tick next to your workflow will also indicate success.
    Green tick and Circle indicate a successful run

    Green tick and Circle indicate a successful run

  7. This process needs to be repeated to add the vCenter server. Expand out Library –> vCenter –> Configuration –> Right Click Add a vCenter Server instance –> Click Start Workflow
    Add vCenter to vCO, Start workflow

    Add vCenter to vCO, Start workflow

  8. Enter the FQDN of your vCenter server, and click Yes on the ignore the certificate warnings. Click Next
    Enter vCenter Server Instance information

    Enter vCenter Server Instance information

  9. Enter the password for your account. Again I am not using the default but a service account
    Enter vCenter Credentials

    Enter vCenter Credentials

  10. Again check for successful completion.

Congratulations. You have now configured the inbuilt vRA inbuilt vCO server. And registered the Active Directory, and vCenter Server plugins.

Part 1 – Configuring vRA Appliance

Part 2 – Installing IaaS

Part 3 – Configuring vRA inbuilt vCO Server

Part 4 – vRA Endpoints and Fabric Config

Part 5- vRA Tenant Config