VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) Initial Setup

SnrVirtEng3a90
Sr Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was involved in the initial setup and the PoC. It was very complex on the initial setup because we started with the 6.x version and eventually migrated to 7. The way it was architected, with the Orchestrator being outside of the vRA appliance, was difficult to set up and configure. The next versions made it a much more straightforward configuration. We did not do an upgrade. We did a parallel build. Several upgrades actually blew up and failed and destroyed the environments, so we gave up attempting to upgrade a 6.x environment and built a brand new 7.x. At the time, we did not have Code Stream so we could not laterally migrate. An important component of this is Code Stream. For the ability to scale and have multiple automation instances, Code Stream is essential to be able to move that back and forth. If you already have an existing automation environment, you should look at Code Stream very heavily, rather than redevelop. View full review »
Allen Nussbaumer
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I thought the initial setup was straightforward. The biggest thing, once we had it set up, was to integrate it with the vCenter, but that was pretty straightforward. That was part of the workflow. It is automated within the product as part of the initial deployment, which is really handy. The upgrade experience was also quite easy. View full review »
EricSturm
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The software setup is fairly easy but does require knowledge of the VMware product suite. The complexity comes in whether this a service or a dedicated infrastructure. Normally in service oriented infrastructures which are purpose built for multi-tenancy where you have multiple customers hosting multiple sub-tenant customers which require many layers of micro-segmentation and security to be built in. In a dedicated infrastructure you are building for one business or a single customer even though they have segmented sub-tenants such as account, IT, Operations etc it is all internal to that business. The level of micro-segmentation and security is much less in complexity to provide a final solution. View full review »
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ProductE7a95
Product Engineer at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The setup is straightforward. There are plenty of hands-on labs and guides. It's more the, "What can I do with this?" As a project engineer, I try to translate from the vendor to the customer, according to whatever they're doing at their end. We haven't really had any bumps in the road deploying it. View full review »
Allen Nussbaumer
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We have gone all the way from version 5.5 to version 8. VMware provided us the steps that we needed to do to go from this version to this version to this version, the progression we needed. From there, it was very straightforward. View full review »
Bob Plankers
Solutions Architect at a university
I was involved in the initial setup of our environment. The vRealize Automation team, when they released version 7 awhile ago, made immense improvements as far as being able to install and deploy the product, which has been super helpful. We track vRealize automation versions pretty closely. There are always new features which are of interest to us, bugs which have been fixed, and the upgrade process has been really smooth lately. View full review »
Craig Debban
IT Director at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
I was not involved, my team was. We did not bring in VMware to help. We have some knowledgeable folks. They knew it pretty well, so I think they liked the hands-on approach a little bit more. They got it up. It wasn't quite perfect but with some support, they were able to round it out and make it the great solution it is today. We've got education credits through VMware, so we are training on this constantly. I think it's a matter of using the resources that are out there and focusing on this. View full review »
DavidBurton
IT Director at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Being that we have been involved since some of the early 5.x days, we compare a newer installation to the previous, and each time it gets better. In terms of upgrades, we're just starting to use Lifecycle Manager, which assists with upgrades. I haven't been impressed, so far, with the maintenance of an existing complex infrastructure. But LCM has allowed us to deploy new vRA instances very rapidly, which is helpful for some of our LCM Code Stream movement between our Dev stage and Prod. But for maintaining the existing environment, we just use the out-of-box upgrade capability of the tool, which is so much easier now than it used to be. We no longer have the significant issues we had in the past. Things are just getting better with each version. View full review »
James Jones
IT Manager at a individual & family service with 10,001+ employees
I was involved in the initial setup but not as an engineer. Before I hired Alex, we had a guy put the stuff up. He did it in a couple of days. It was straightforward and it was functional, it worked really well. Then we got this new guy and he had so much insider knowledge. He worked out of Moscow. He was doing all the work for the all the other customers and we hired him in. We're on 7.4, we're going to upgrade to 7.5 after Labor Day. Since we've gone live, we've done three upgrades and they've all been really good. No issues. View full review »
David Gangwish
Systems Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have had the opportunity to upgrade the solution multiple times. The upgrade to vRA 7.3 was painful. The most recent upgrade we did to 7.4 was very sleek, it was smooth, it went really well. View full review »
reviewer962037
DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The setup that we have implemented in our enterprise is complex. It's not the exact set up that VMware recommends by default to their customers. We get a lot of help from their consultants to help us with our non-standard design. The entire setup took more effort but it's understandable because it's non-standard. View full review »
Daniel Pratt
Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The deployment of it is not overly intuitive. It does require some knowledge about putting it out there and deploying it. I have had the opportunity to upgrade it and that is definitely not the easiest of things to do, generally. As long as you follow the checklist, and which product line you're updating in the specific order, you won't break your system. But if you don't follow the sheet or "the law," you will definitely mess yourself up big-time. View full review »
Lloyd Havekost
Linear Dimensions, Consultant at a government with 10,001+ employees
You have architectural design questions that you have to address. We have multiple sites, multiple data centers. One of the fundamental questions is, how do you get HA in vRA? Do you have active-active, active-standby? Today, for vRA, we deploy it out of one site and we use remote execution managers at the other site. We're kind of in an active-standby mode, if you will. We're semi single-point-of-failure, in that respect. We probably should move to get an active-active scenario, but we're not there today. But the setup was not too bad. It's nothing like a vROps, for example. View full review »
Alain Dalis
Technical Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I wouldn't say the initial setup was straightforward but it wasn't complex. The upgrade experience went well. It's working well. View full review »
SrManage32bf
Sr. Manager, Open Systems Service Desk at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
No way was the initial setup straightforward. We scrapped it multiple times. Going through some of the sessions today, here at VMworld 2018, we see that they're incorporating some of the certificate management and so forth. That's where our biggest challenge was. Upgrading was pretty straightforward. In-place upgrades worked really well for what we've done. There wasn't a whole lot to that. It worked well. Really, it's all about the initial setup and making sure that it is set up right. View full review »
Brian Wurtzel
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup process isn't intuitive and user-friendly, but once it's set up everything after that is easy. It can be as hard as you want it to be, or it could be as easy as you want it to be depending on how you're setting it up. It is completely upgraded to the newest right now. View full review »
James Thomas
Customer Apps Manager at TSTT
We have another department that is involved in the initial setup. But I understand it's not straightforward and it's not complex. They have gotten the required training and they've been utilizing it for some time now. They, themselves, are quite knowledgeable in the solution. Clearly, they have been trained professionally. They work with VMware to do the initial setup. View full review »
Ashok Padmaraju
Technical Manager at Gilead Sciences, Inc.
In the initial setup, I took care of the hardware part, but the software layer and other things were taken care of by my engineers. It was straightforward. Currently, we are upgrading the environment. Compared to the earlier versions, from my experience, the upgrade process is easier; for example, the compatibility checks. I also don't need to go and find out the resources that are required. It tells me in one report what the current environment is like and, if I want to go to the next level, what things I need to take care of. Based on that I can make things happen. View full review »
Brian Wurtzel
Systems Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The end-user portion is user-friendly. When you're actually building it, it's a little complicated in setting it up. For example, in vRealize Automation, there are a lot of different areas where you have to go in and set up key components that have to link to other areas. We had a consultant come in and build our system. If I had to do it on my own, I'd have been spending a couple of hours trying to figure it out. And whether it would work or not, obviously I'd be testing it. But once I actually get to know the product it would be a lot quicker. View full review »
SeniorAsb713
Senior Associate at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup is pretty straightforward. I've done it many times though, so at this point I can almost do it without documentation. View full review »
Principa7a88
Principal Engineer at T-Mobile
The initial setup was pretty straightforward. Everything was connected. There were little "gotchas" here and there, but either they were easy to resolve with tech support or the documentation usually had some comments about them. View full review »
SystemsE1cf3
Systems Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I wasn't involved in the initial setup but we just went through an upgrade. It was not without its challenges. Some of the challenges were probably on our side, being able to support the newer infrastructure. But I seem to recall there being some issues importing some of the old settings and from vRA 6 into vRA 7 so that you could destroy VMs that were built in 6 from within the 7 UI. There were some challenges in getting that done. It's done, but I believe that there were some speed bumps to that. View full review »
SystemsA4ba9
Systems Admin at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Once I understood what it was trying to do, and what it was requesting of me, it was simple. But originally, it took me by surprise. I was not used to the setup yet. One of my main issues was having multiple SSL domains. It took me a while to see how those play a part. View full review »
SystemEn41bf
System Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
I came in about halfway through the initial setup. It was very complex. We had VMware projects going on, so we had a couple of consultants giving us full-time personnel to help us through it. We had VMware there, and AdvizeX was another one. Then we had the specialty people from VMware that they deployed out to our place. View full review »
Brent Tate
Senior Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I personally have not upgraded the program, but the people that actually manage it have not had any issues with it. That being said, it's still a fairly small installation, or a very small group of people that use the product. We haven't expanded it to be able to know, with the installation, how it has gone. View full review »
Principaf295
Principal Vendor Manager at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
We upgrade it anytime we do a technical refresh. It's just like anything else. We're in a complex environment, so to upgrade it, it's almost like you have to migrate the data that is utilized underneath. It's not simple, but it is done periodically. View full review »
SystemsE95ef
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup is fairly complex, but we've been using it for a while so I'm pretty knowledgeable about it now. Upgrades are pretty straightforward. We had a lot of problems originally deploying it, with some certificate issues. We had an engagement with VMware so they were able to help us get a proof of concept environment set up as well. So that was helpful. View full review »
Technicadcf7
Technical consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The setup, the installation, is straightforward, but only with the latest releases. Upgrades are one of the points where incidents are happening. Every time we want to upgrade, a ticket needs to be created and moved to engineering because GSS is not able to help us. We are able to upgrade, but it takes quite a number of retries, which are very costly. It's not a smooth upgrade process. For a DTA environment, which is very simple, it is a smooth process, but for our production environment, which is quite enhanced and has a lot of dependencies, it's not easy at all, and it results in a lot of errors. View full review »
OpsManb515
Ops Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I was involved in the initial setup and it was complex. The certificates, the distributed install, wasn't straightforward, I'll just leave it at that. We had Professional Services come in for the first round of install. During the second round of install, when we tried to do the update ourselves, there were multiple points of failure. It was not easy. The install, the upgrade features, are not easy at all. The administration part is what is very problematic with vRealize Automation right now. The upgrade experience is horrible. It's not straightforward, there are a lot of failures, a lot of support interactions. It's not something that we are able to pull off ourselves. I've been with vRA since it was termed vCSA. We've gone through multiple rounds, and it has never been easy. View full review »
ITSoluticb23
IT Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Setup in the previous version was not so straightforward. They have made big improvements in the later versions. The first one was a pain but the new one is fine. A couple of versions back, they added an automated install that did not exist in the earlier versions that we deployed. Upgrading took a little while because we did a side-by-side upgrade. There was a code migration, all our custom code needed to be migrated, so it took a little bit of work. But, overall, it was fine. View full review »
Solution04d1
Solution Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 51-200 employees
The initial setup is straightforward. Not for us, again, because of the bureaucracy, but, in and of itself, it is very straightforward. I've done a lot of it in the lab, and hands-on training. It's pretty straightforward and simple. View full review »
Daniele Ulrich
Cloud Architect at Swisscom
The initial setup was complex because we have a high availability cluster. Especially when it comes to upgrades, we have a lot of downtimes and problems. The upgrade experience has been painful. View full review »
SysEng94654
Principal Systems Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
I have done all the version setups. For one year, we could not get the first version to work. I think this was version 6.0, but the latest version 7 is good. View full review »
NetworkL2008
Network Lead at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was not straightforward. It was not simple, and we had a PoC. We had VMware help us deploy it, and it took them an exorbitant amount of time. Upgrading hasn't been without its pain. We've had our issues, we've lost some data. There have been some hiccups along the way. We're confident that this next upgrade will be smoother, since it has been getting more stable over time. View full review »
Virtualib6f8
Virtualization Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Without the right technical expertise, the initial setup can be a little more cumbersome, but with the knowledge and the backing of the infrastructure and the engineering, it's fairly simple. We have upgraded many times. We know how to do it. It's fairly simple for us. We don't get the admins involved. The engineers take care of it all. View full review »
Marcel Swartjes
Project Architect
The initial setup was complex. There were a lot of steps. I would suggest for them to cut back on the number of steps to make it easier. Although with every version, the steps are becoming easier. For example, the certificates in the previous versions were a lot more complicated. It has improved. View full review »
Sebastien Duthil
Cloud engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
The setup was complex in many ways. The first reason is that we have many teams who work on it so it gets complicated gathering all of the people needed. The second reason is that it can be complicated to install it quickly, and within a reasonable amount of time. View full review »
ITManage6b01
IT Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Upgrades have been extremely simple with their Lifecycle Manager product. View full review »
HeadOfCl13dd
Head of Cloud and Technology with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have something that is very simple to set up: a single instance with minimal infrastructure. However, we have quite some customization. Always something breaks when we do upgrade them. We tried to install the latest artifacts two weeks ago, then we had to rollback. We sent the log to support, and we're still waiting for a response. View full review »
Solution5f0c
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The product has come a long way. Now, it is more streamlined and GUI-based. I have done parallel upgrades, then used my grade settings for it. View full review »
SystemsE081e
Systems engineer
The setup was straightforward. We upgraded to a newer version seamlessly. It worked really well. View full review »
SeniorIn5430
Senior Infrastructure Design at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was responsible for the upgrade. It was very complex. One the reasons was that we were going version to version. We learned that some of the objects that were supported in previous versions were duplicated across the board. So we had to clean a lot of the databases to get the new versions. View full review »
Ryan Thele
Virtualization Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I've deployed multiple versions of it, but I have not upgraded. It's not the simplest deployment, but the documentation is there and it's easy to follow. Googling helped with the implementation as well. View full review »
Ahmet Oztuna
Technical Project Manager at Bilgibim
The setup is very easy. We performed the installation with the customer. View full review »
reviewers832
Principal Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. My mom could install it. View full review »
Se5c56
Systems Engineer with 10,001+ employees
We did hire VMware to come in and do it, of course. I was not there, in this role, at the time. They came and it works. We haven't gone through an upgrade process yet. That's on the roadmap. We'll do that before the end of the year but we also have to do vSphere and the rest of VMware stuff. View full review »
VicePres6996
Vice president at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The setup was fairly simple. It's a matter of integrating it with all the other systems and then getting all the sorts to match with the certain policies we've got. View full review »
ItManger6545
IT Infrastructure Manager at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Our upgrade experience was good. View full review »
ITProfes59f3
IT Professional
The initial setup is very complex because we have a bunch of customization workflows. They were built-in features that we had to program as code with Orchestration. We haven't upgraded because we had to set up the entire environment with the vRealize Orchestration scripts. We have to do it again from the scratch. View full review »
Robin Naundorf
Systems Engineer at a university
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
CloudSerae94
Cloud Services Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
The setup was complex. Even with the Professional Services, it took days and days to try and get it installed and working right. We have had the opportunity to upgrade and it failed. We're having troubles with that. We're still working on it. View full review »
Dennis Bray
Chief Architect at Ens inc
The first version that we deployed was not long after VMware had acquired the product. This was with version 6 or 6.2 for a production deployment. There was a lot of work to do with certificates, etc. However, the setup is getting better with each version. If you do a deployment for a proof of concept, it is simple. When you start to do a deployment where you need higher availability and more resiliency, then the complexity goes up drastically. View full review »
FieldSer095c
Field Service Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The implementation for vRealize is straightforward. The upgrade experience is pretty good, satisfactory. View full review »
Carsten Fraszcak
Team Lead Private Cloud at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup process is good. My team did the upgrade, but I did not hear anything bad about the experience. View full review »
Solution1762
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was very easy. The upgrade was also pretty easy. It was not quite as easy when I piloted it through Lifecycle Manager, but that was in its infancy. It has probably gotten better. The solution itself has a learning curve to get used to building the Blueprints, but once you've done it, it gets much quicker. View full review »
Laurentiu Coica
Team leader infrastructure at Asseco SEE
The initial setup was straightforward. It's easy to deploy. The upgrade experience was a nightmare. I upgraded from 7.4 to 7.5 and it's been terrible. View full review »
ITArchitc77e
IT Architect at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
We are trying to set up this new 7.4 in a distributed environment. Every time it was failing with different errors. Finally, we were able to finish it with notes that we had taken, and the help of VMware. However, later on in the product cycle, when applying the same procedure into our production environment, we followed all the guidelines and it still failed. This used to be a one day job, and it has been a one week job. View full review »
SeniorSy1228
Senior Systems Administrator at Webroot Software
I was not involved in the initial setup. I was involved in the upgrade, which was fine with support. View full review »
Wilson Pardini
Executive Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I was not involved in the initial setup but I have been involved in the upgrade process. It was very easy. The whole process was too easy. View full review »
Solution7e5a
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup is complex. There are too many components to integrate, especially when we integrated with different storage types and backup vendors. All the integration made it more complex. We haven't upgraded yet. View full review »
Engineer29fa
Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It was a complex setup. We had to use the consultant from VMware to make the solution work well. The upgrade was a very difficult task. We had to break everything down and build it up new in a new version. View full review »
Computer55ed
Computer Repairman with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup was complex. It's improving now. View full review »
Headofit501
Head of IT at Interswitch
The setup is difficult. You need a technical person to help you set it up. We have not upgraded yet. View full review »
Dara Rad
User at Lidoma
The installation was complex and time consuming. View full review »
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