vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation LAB Setup

vRealize Automation is the very large solution which requires recommended system resources to function smoothly. vRA can be deployed in either minimal or enterprise deployment. In this vRA LAB setup we are going to discuss about the minimal deployment. If you are going for Enterprise deployment then you need to check for the system requirements on VMware Portal.

In this post we will discuss about how you can build your vRealize Automation LAB & configure the system resources for successful vRA Deployment & Testing. vRA requires resources to run & deploy the successful vRealize Automation environment.

Below you will find system resource requirements , DNS & Networking requirements & User requirements for the successful vRA deploy & test scenario.

System Resource requirements:

In System resource requirements you can see how many components we will require and it’s CPU, Memory & Disk requirement to setup the vRA LAB.

Sr NoComponentMemoryCPUDisk
1Windows Server for AD, DNS & NTP4 GB440 GB
2Openfiler Storage4 GB4250 GB
3vCenter Server10 GB4100 GB
4ESXi Host 14 GB440 GB
5ESXi Host 24 GB440 GB
6ESXi Host 34 GB440 GB
7vRealize Automation Appliance18 GB4140 GB
8IaaS Server8 GB440 GB
9MS SQL Server8 GB440 GB


DNS Entries & Networking:

Every solution requires DNS & Networking to run. So in case of our vRA LAB as well you will need to create the DNS records in your DNS Server before going for the deployment.

So Make sure to create the DNS Records.

Sr NoHostnameIP AddressDescription
1ad-dns.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.100Active Directory, DNS & NTP Server.
2storage.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.101Openfiler storage for shared storage
3vcsa.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.110vCenter Server Appliance
4esxi1.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.111ESXi Host 1
5esxi2.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.112ESXi Host 2
6esxi3.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.113ESXi Host 3
7vra.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.121vRealize Automation Appliance
8iaas.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.122IaaS Windows Server
9sql.masteringvmware.com192.168.0.123MS SQL Daatabase Server


User Accounts:

User accounts are the service accounts & test accounts which requires to be created for the integration & testing of vRA LAB.

Sr NoUser AccountsDescription
1vcsvcService Account vCenter Integration
2iaassvcService Account for IaaS Server
3sqlsvcService Account for MS SQL Server
4devuser1Dev User1 account for testing of end user
5devmanagerDev Manager account for testing of management approval
6vraadminvRA Admin account for all the tasks of tenant admin & IaaS admin


Complete setup also requires the certificates so you can either go for the self signed certificate or you can build your own certificate server to use in the LAB. But we are going with the self signed certificates for all of the installation.

Appliance & Components requirement for vRA LAB:

You need to download all of the below components to create the successful vRA LAB.

Sr NoComponentVersion
1Windows Server for AD, DNS & NTPWindows Server 2012 R2
2Openfiler Appliance2.9
3vCenter Server Appliance6.7
4ESXi Hosts6.7
5vRealize Automation Appliance7.6
6IaaS ServerWindows Server 2012 R2
7MS SQL ServerSQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition deployed on Windows Server 2012 R2


All of the components you can download & use as evaluation version from respective sites of Microsoft, VMware & Openfiler.

Make sure you have all of the requirements full filled to deploy & test the vRealize Automation solution in your LAB.

We have already configured the vSphere Components & Openfiler as iSCSI Storage which you can check using below link:

How to Configure Shared Storage using Openfiler Deep Dive.

Checkout our post on How to Deploy & Configure vRealize automation step by step:

vRA Part-1: How to Deploy vRealize Automation Appliance Step by Step

vRA Part-2: How to Install & Configure vRealize Automation Appliance Step by Step

Note: Above all are the basic requirements to deploy & configure the vRA LAB in your environment. This is strictly for the personal LAB purpose only. Do not compare the same with the Production requirements. Production requirements are very different & requires large number of resources for availability.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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