The Aria Automation Config system allows you to define the applications, files, and other settings that should be present on a given system. Once configured, the system is continuously evaluated against a configuration and changes are made as and when needed. Now tightly integrated into the Aria Automation product it enables administrators to continue the lifecycle of deployed resources, a welcome addition to the Aria suite.
In a series of posts, I am going to take you through setting up the Automation Config product, manually enabling management of deployed systems, creating a custom desired state and eventually integrating with your Cloud templates.
Deployment and Initial Configuration
Deployment is carried out through the use of the Aria Suite Lifecycle product. The installation process is very straightforward. For this series of blog posts, when installing I will expect it to be configured as integrated with an existing Aria Automation instance. You will need to gather some information and carry out a few steps before you start deployment
- Ensure you have downloaded the binary files to the Aria Suite Lifecycle product.
- Generate a certificate for the Automation Config installation and store it in the locker. I recommend providing the FQDN and IP address that you will be using
- Ensure you have an applicable license
- Ensure you have a password to use for the default admin password, stored in the locker
- You will need the following information whilst configuring the deployment:
- VM name
- IP address, subnet mask and gateway
- Dns server(s) address(es)
- Target vSphere network
- Target vSphere datastore
- Target vSphere cluster. Note that the appliance requires 32GB Ram and 16 CPUs
For the sake of this series of blog posts, I used the Add Product option to deploy Automation Config into an existing environment that had Aria Automation deployed. In addition, I used the following selections
- Installation Type: New Install
- Version: 8.9.1
- Configuration Type: vRA-Integrated
- Deployment Type: Standard
Once installation is complete navigate to the user interface in your web browser at https://fqdn/login. Enter admin as the username and the password you used during the deployment.
Once logged in you should be greeted with a view similar to the one below.
In the next post in this series, we will perform initial configuration of the appliance. Stay tuned for the next one!