vRA Part-12: How to Create Network Profile in vRealize Automation

A network profile contains IP information such as gateway, subnet, and address range. vRealize Automation uses vSphere DHCP or a specified IPAM provider to assign IP addresses to the machines it provisions. Network profiles are used to configure network settings when machines are provisioned. In this post we will see on How to create network profile in vRealize Automation.

There is 3 types of network profile you can create in vRA which are External, NAT, Routed & Private.

External: An external network profile is used when connecting VMs to a pre-created network. Existing network configured on the vSphere server. They are the external part of the NAT and routed networks types. An external network profile can define a range of static IP addresses available on the external network.

NAT: A NAT network profile defines local and external networks that use a translation table for mutual communication. NAT networks that use one set of IP addresses for external communication and another set for internal communications.

Routed: Routed network profile is used when end-to-end routable access with unique IP addresses is needed. A routed network profile defines a routable space and available subnets.

Private: Private network profile is On-demand network created during provisioning. Private networks have no inbound or outbound connectivity. You can create a private network profile with or without static IP addresses or ranges. DHCP and third-party IPAM are not supported for private networks. 

With vRealize Automation-supplied IPAM endpoint you can specify the IP address range that network profiles can use. When you deploy the VM using the vRA one of the IP address is assigned for that VM from network profile & each IP address in the specified ranges that are allocated to a machine is reclaimed for reassignment when the machine is destroyed. Network profiles are required when adding network components to a blueprint.

So let’s see How to create Network profile in vRealize Automation:

Step 1:
Login to vRealize Automaton console.
Go to Infrastructure tab.
Expand Reservations from navigator pane.
Select Network Profiles.
Click green plus icon to create new network profile & choose External.

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Step 2:
Provide the Name, Description, IPAM, Subnet mask & Gateway for the network profile.

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Step 3:
Go to DNS tab.
Here you need to provide the DNS Servers primary & secondary, DNS Suffix, Wins details for network profile to be used.

create network profile in vra

Step 4:
Go to Network Ranges tab.
Click on Green Plus icon to create a new network range.

create network profile in vra

Step 5:
Give Name, Description, Start IP & End IP for the network range which will be used by the network profile.
Click OK to save the network range.

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Step 6:
As you can see that Network range is created.
Click Apply & OK to save & create the network profile.

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As you can see that Network profile is created successfully.

create network profile in vra

If you want to check for allocated IP Address from the network profile then select the network profile & go to IP Address tab .

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Here we don’t see any IP addresses because we have not deployed any virtual machines using vRA which uses this network profile.

That’s it, So using this way you can easily manage network for provision virtual machines through vRealize Automation. You can create multiple network profiles as well based on your requirement.

In the Next post we will see on How to create reservation.

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