VMware vRealize Automation Part 1 – vRA Support Matrix

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The first step that should be involved in deploying vRealize Automation in any one’s book is to refer to the support matrix PDF on VMware web site. There are a strict number of support limitations which you must be aware of, and all the key information you need can be found within this document.

I’d encourage you to read the document for complete support details (and stay up to date with newer versions too) but given below is a high level summary of some key contents (based on the current vRA release of 6.2.1).

  • vRA IAAS server
    • Host OS (for IAAS components) – W2k8R2, W2k12 & W2k12R2 only (note that Windows 2008 is NOT supported)
    • IAAS DB: SQL 2008 R2 SP3 or higher (up to SQL 2014)
    • Web Server (for IAAS model manager…etc.): IIS 2008 R2 & IIS 2012 only

 

  • vRA Appliance
    • DB Support: vPostgres Appliance 9.2.4 / 9.2.9.x / 9.3.5.x, PostgreSQL 9.2.4 / 9.2.6 / 9.3.4
    • SSO / Authentication sources: vRA Identity Appliance v6.2, vSpere SSO 5.5 1b or above (up to PSC 1.0 with vSphere 6.0)

 

  • Hypervisor Support (for the vRA Hypervisor proxy agent):
    • VMware: ESX 4.1 to U2, ESX 4.1 to U2, ESXi 5.0 onwards (including ESXi 6.0) – note that Application Director only works with vSphere and NOT other hypervisors
    • Red Hat: KVM RHEN 3.1 only
    • Microsoft: Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 onwards (inc 2012 R2)
    • Citrix: XenServer 5.6 through to SP2, 6.0.2 & 6.2 through to SP1

 

  • Hypervisor management platform support (for vRA proxy agent and DEM worker compatibility)
    • VMware: vCenter 4.1 through to U2, vCenter 5.0 U3 onwards (till vCenter 6.0)
    • Microsoft: SCVMM 2012 (Hyper-V) only
    • Red Hat: RHEV-Manager 3.1 / 3.3

 

  • Network Virtualisation support
    • VMware vCNS 5.5.3 only, NSX 6.1 and above (up to 6.1.3)

 

  • Cloud Support (IAAS Endpoint compatibility)
    • VMware: vCD 5.1.x & 5.5.x, vCloud Air
    • Amazon: AWS
    • (Note that Azure is NOT support as a cloud endpoint)

 

  • Image Deployment Methods (IAAS)
    • Microsoft: SCCM 2012 & SCVMM 2012 only, Windows WinPE & WIM imaging
    • NetApp: FlexClone on Data OnTap 7.3.1.1, 8.0.1 & 8.1 (Note that this doesn’t state whether its cDOT or 7Mode. Also, the most latest OnTap version 8.3 is NOT supported yet)
    • BMC: Blade Logic Operations Manager 7.6 & 8.2
    • HP: Software Server Automation 7.7
    • Citrix: Provisioning Server 6.0 & 6.1
    • Linux: Red Hat Linux kickstart, SUSE AutoYaST
    • PXE boot

 

  • Guest OS
    • Microsoft: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, W2K8R2, W2K12 & W2K12R2
    • Red Hat: RHEL 5.9, 5.10, 6.1, 6.4, 6.5, 7.0
    • SUZE: SLES 11 SP2 & SP3
    • CentOS: CentOS 5.10, 6.4. 6.5, 7.0
    • Debian: 6 & 7.0
    • Ubuntu: 12.04 LTS & 13.10
    • Oracle: Oracle Enterprise Linux
    • VMware: ESX/i 4.1 U2, ESXi 5.1 and above (up to ESXi 6.0)

 

  • VDI Connection Broker support
    • Citrix: XenDesktop 5.5 and above (up to 7.6.x)
    • VMware: Horizon View 6.x only

 

  • Task Automation Engines / Scripting support
    • VMware: vCO 5.5.1 and above (up to vRO 6.0)
    • Microsoft: PowerShell 2.0

 

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Chan

Lead Solutions Architect & Hybrid Cloud Practice Lead

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