VRA or Vrealize Automation is a designer software where you build a form that is called a Blueprint that users will go to and fill out. This form, once completed allows your infrastructure to deploy VM’s at the push of a button. It does this by using Vrealize Orchestrator in the background to run workflows which then tie into multiple systems like Vcenter, SQL servers, IPAM, ect. If your company has a huge VMWare presence, it is fully worth investing your time into learning how this works because it can not only provision a server, but it can decom a server, rename a server, ect. This software can also connect your organization to AWS/Google Cloud/Azure so that your users can have a single form that provisions where ever you want.
Follow this post to add a new Vcenter Template as one you can deploy with VRA:
Create a new template in vSphere
- In VRA, update collections:
- Infrastructure – Infrastructure – Compute Resources – Data Collection on $yourVcenter
- Now go to Administration, Property Dictionary – Component Profiles
- Image – Edit – Go to Value Sets – Add
- Copy the customization specs to your clipboard
- Create a new one by giving it:
- A name
- Change Action to ‘Clone’
- Change Provisioning workflow to ‘CloneWorkflow’
- Change clone from to your template
- Note: If the template hasn’t shown up here, try updating the collections again. Sometimes if you just converted a VM to a template, this will take a few runs before it works again.
- Change customization spec to the Windows one if a Windows VM and Linux one if a linux VM.
Now go to Design – Select your blueprint – Edit – Profiles – Check the box – Then add them as a selection in your dropdown in your custom form.
- Now click ‘Edit Form’ and select ‘What is the OS?’ (for example) – Enter the value as:
(name | display). See VRA Forms if this part is confusing.