Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 17: Install and Configure vCloud Automation Center

In the previous part we have set up all prerequisites necessary for the vCloud Automation Center. We can now proceed with the installation and configuration.

Install vCAC

  1. Navigate to the extracted installation zip folder and from the Setup folder, execute vCAC-Server-Setup file.
  2. Accept the EULA. Click Next.
  3. Chose the destination folder or leave it to default. Click Next.
  4. Make sure you enable the Database option and click Next.P17-S1-DB
  5. Click Install to start the installation.
  6. Click Finish to end the installation.

Configure vCAC

When the installation completes successfully, the configuration wizard will be started automatically.

  1. Click Next on the welcome page.
  2. Enter a valid license, click the Add License button and click Next to proceed.
  3. In the vCAC Database Configuration window, enter the database instance name, the database name, and SQL user name and password that has privileges to create databases on the SQL server. Alternatively, you can use the currently logged on user to create the database and schema. Click Next.P17-S2-DB
  4. Create a security passphrase by typing a phrase and click Next.
  5. In the vCAC Website Configuration window, select an available website from the drop down menu. Select a port number or use 443 and click the Test Button to verify if the port is available.
  6. Generate a self-signed certificate if you don’t have one, otherwise use the domain certificate. Click Next to proceed.P17-S3-Website
  7. Add vCAC service user account credentials for the manager service and IIS application pools.
  8. Next, in the AzMan Authorization Store Type window, select Active Directory (as this was set up earlier) and enter the connection string. Click Next.P17-S4-AzMan
  9. Configure the vCAC Model Manager, enter the SMTP configuration and click Next.P17-S5-Model
  10. Configure the vCAC Manager Service. Make sure the Active node is selected. You can also change the default log location. Click Next.
  11. In the vCAC Website Configuration window, verify the host name, enable web farm support and change the web site log file location. Click Next.
  12. Click the Configure button to start the vCAC configuration and watch the progress.P17-S6-Progress
  13. When the configuration wizard is completed, click Next.
  14. And finally, click Finish to end the vCAC installation and configuration.

Install Distributed Execution Managers

A Distributed Execution Manager executes the business logic of custom models, interacting with the database and system as required. Distributed Execution Managers can also manage cloud and physical machines for vCloud Automation Center. There are two roles of Distributed Execution Managers:

  • Worker: the worker role is responsible for executing workflows
  • Orchestrator: the Orchestrator role is responsible for monitoring the worker instances, pre-processing workflows for execution, and scheduling workflows

The installation procedure is identical for both Distributed Execution Managers.

  1. Navigate to the extracted installation zip folder and from the Setup folder, execute vCAC-DEM-Setup file.
  2. Click Next on the welcome page.
  3. Accept the EULA and click Next.
  4. Enter the DEM instance name and description. Select the Orchestrator role or Worker role. Click Next.P17-S7-DEM
  5. In the Custom Setup window, change the installation location if you want to. Otherwise accept the default and press Next.
  6. Enter the Manager Host name and port, Model Manager Web Service host name and port, Model Manager username and password. Click Next.P17-S8-Creds
  7. Configure the Distributed Execution Manager Service by providing a username and password.P17-S9-DEMCreds
  8. Next, click Install to start the installation process.
  9. When the installation wizard is ready, click Finish to end the installation.

Repeat the process for the Worker DEM.

Verify the services

  1. Open the services (services.msc) on your server.
  2. Verity the VMware DEM-Orchestrator, VMware DEM-Worker and VMware vCloud Automation Center services are up and running.P17-S10-Services

The installation and configuration of vCloud Automation Center is now completed.

Proceed to part 18 where we will install the self-service portal website.


– Marek.Z


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