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
- First we need to start the vCO service on the vRA Appliance, to do this telnet to the vRA appliance
- Type “service vco-configurator start”
- 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
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
- 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).
- Enter your credentials for an SSO user.
- We will first configure Active Directory. Expand out Library –> Microsoft –> Configuration –> Right Click Configure Active Directory Server –> Click Start Workflow
- Enter the FQDN for your AD server, the root, and optionally the Default Domain
- 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:
- 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.
- 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
- Enter the FQDN of your vCenter server, and click Yes on the ignore the certificate warnings. Click Next
- Enter the password for your account. Again I am not using the default but a service account
- 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.