Making vRealize Automation v8 work

BTW, I found the VMware doc’s on this a little less than useful. They seem to have the info I needed for a basic install scattered about in different places. But below is what I used to get things to work so it should work good for you too. This is likely the install that was called Easy Install.  Except not so easy. It failed.  This is the second time through as the first time I learned the Easy installer is broken, so we need to do a different type of install. It turns out we disable a feature during the install and things work.

BTW, you cannot backup vRA or its related components while they are powered on. Yes, really.


  • FQDN, both IP and DNS for vRA, vRLCM, VIM
  • NTP info
  • bits – vra-lcm-installer-14878991.iso
  • vRealize Suite 2019 license
  • ISO in Content Library if you use it, handy otherwise.
  • vCenter service account

Install Outline for vRealize Lifecycle Manger

  • Mount the ISO on your desktop.  In my case a Windows VM running Windows 10 in View.
  • Change to the ISO, and access the vdlcm-ui-installer folder.
  • For Windows, you change to the Win32 folder.  There is also Linux and Mac versions.

  • Near the end of the list of files is the installer – installer.exe – double-click on it.

  • I am installing so that is the choice I make.  Migrate is not completely a migrate choice I hear.

  • We read a little, than Next.
  • I now agree to the EULA and I disable the CEIP.  This is of critical importance – if you do this your install will work, and if you don’t it will fail.
  • Next is vCenter access – use the service account we prepared.
  • Select the vSphere folder to put the appliances in.
  • Select the compute resource now.
  • Next is the storage location.
  • Now we do the network config for all three VMs.  So that means the general network config like NTP, mask, DNS type stuff.
  • We do the password thing now – root / admin for vRSLCM, root for vRA, and root / admin / sshuser / config user for VIM.
  • You do the Lifecycle Manager network config now.
  • Next is the Identity Manager network config,
  • Now do the vRA network config AND the license needs to be added here.
  • We now see the Summary.

  • We submit as it all looks good!

  • So we watch this screen for a while.  I like how it reminds you of the installer log.  Which when I was troubleshooting it had nothing written to it.
  • Once it has some stuff done, it will let you know that VRLCM is up.

  • It takes a bit but soon you will see something like below.

  • Does that look good or what!

Test Time

  • Can we access successfully vRA? Yes, using the configuration admin account (conadmin in my case).
  • Can we access vRSLCM? Yes, using the admin@local account.
  • We used VIM to access vRA so that is good.

What is Next?

I think this article is finished. I am am already working on the next one.  How do we get vRA working to the point where it is doing VM provisioning. There are many things that lead up to that like SMTP for example.  But that is all in my next article.



  • 10/30/19 – published.

Hope this helps, and don’t hesitate to ask questions, or make comments.


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