ronin2000
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Can I have multiple vCenter instances within a single vRA 6.2.4 tenant?

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We would like to leverage Business Groups versus creating another tenant (one company) but we cannot find information around best practices concerning this approach, i.e. multiple vCenters.

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HariRajan
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It is very much possible through VRA in the existing tenant and business group , you need to create a new endpoint and Configure it to the  new VC ,  to respect the best practice , you can install vSphere Agent on a different VM.


Then you need to create the fabric group and select the cluster of newly added vCenter .


Next is you need to have option to call this different VC based on the request from each bushiness group right ? , for doing that .

you need to create a location file by editing the datacenterlocations.xml file in the IAAS server , you can name it anyway you need ,

in VMware documentation it is based on geographical location logic , if you need you can give VC Name (VC-A-PROD, VC-B-LAB).

Please refer VMware documentation for doing that

http://pubs.vmware.com/vCAC-60/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vcac.system.administration.doc%2FGUID-6...

e by editin We are almost done  and now we need to call this named data center locations in compute resource , go to the compute resource your new cluster is auto-populated since you created the fabric group, just edit the compute resource , Select the datacenter location filed in  LOCATION tab (say VC-B-LAB) .


Next is edit the exiting compute resource from VC -A and select Location  as VC-A-PROD


Now you have done the mapping part and you need to create a reservation as usual and map to the existing business , this enables two reservation for each business group , one is pointing to VC -A and another is pointing to VC -B .


Now you need to optimize further right , I mean that whenever you request catalog , users should get an option to select the locations right,

logically the place to create the VM's .  You don't need to create multiple blue prints ,in the existing blue prints itself enable "DISPLAY LOCATION ON REQUEST" . This enabled the users to select the VC (EndPoint) during the catalog request and automate the process.

Refer:

http://pubs.vmware.com/vCAC-60/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vcac.iaas.all.doc%2FGUID-CC9FE0C2-E77C-...


You also wants to do one more things , just copy the blue print template to new VC without changing the template name.


Hope this helps.


Thanks & Regards in Plenteous . Hari Rajan

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rcporto
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Yes you can! The following image should gives you what can be done:

vRealize-Automation-Multi-Tenant.png

Since you can have multiple Fabric Groups, and each Fabric Group can point to a different vCenter endpoint, you can have different Business Groups on the same Tenant and using different Fabric Groups (and different vCenter endpoints).

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Richardson Porto
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HariRajan
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It is very much possible through VRA in the existing tenant and business group , you need to create a new endpoint and Configure it to the  new VC ,  to respect the best practice , you can install vSphere Agent on a different VM.


Then you need to create the fabric group and select the cluster of newly added vCenter .


Next is you need to have option to call this different VC based on the request from each bushiness group right ? , for doing that .

you need to create a location file by editing the datacenterlocations.xml file in the IAAS server , you can name it anyway you need ,

in VMware documentation it is based on geographical location logic , if you need you can give VC Name (VC-A-PROD, VC-B-LAB).

Please refer VMware documentation for doing that

http://pubs.vmware.com/vCAC-60/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vcac.system.administration.doc%2FGUID-6...

e by editin We are almost done  and now we need to call this named data center locations in compute resource , go to the compute resource your new cluster is auto-populated since you created the fabric group, just edit the compute resource , Select the datacenter location filed in  LOCATION tab (say VC-B-LAB) .


Next is edit the exiting compute resource from VC -A and select Location  as VC-A-PROD


Now you have done the mapping part and you need to create a reservation as usual and map to the existing business , this enables two reservation for each business group , one is pointing to VC -A and another is pointing to VC -B .


Now you need to optimize further right , I mean that whenever you request catalog , users should get an option to select the locations right,

logically the place to create the VM's .  You don't need to create multiple blue prints ,in the existing blue prints itself enable "DISPLAY LOCATION ON REQUEST" . This enabled the users to select the VC (EndPoint) during the catalog request and automate the process.

Refer:

http://pubs.vmware.com/vCAC-60/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vcac.iaas.all.doc%2FGUID-CC9FE0C2-E77C-...


You also wants to do one more things , just copy the blue print template to new VC without changing the template name.


Hope this helps.


Thanks & Regards in Plenteous . Hari Rajan

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ronin2000
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Thanks Richardsom this helps a lot.

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ronin2000
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Thank you Hari, the additional detail is especially helpful.

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rcporto
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You're welcome and don't forget mark answers as correct or helpful... remember that marking question as Assumed Answered will not give points to people that helped you 🙂

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Richardson Porto
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