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Installing and Provisioning Contrail VMware vRealize Orchestrator Plugin

 

A dedicated Contrail plugin is used to connect to VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO). Contrail Release 5.0 supported a Beta version of the plugin. Starting with Contrail Release 5.1, a fully supported version of the plugin is available.

You must install the Contrail VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) plugin to connect to the vRO server.

Before you begin installation, ensure the following:

  • You have administrator-level access to the Control Center of a deployed vRO appliance.

  • You know the host name ({vRO}) of the deployed vRO Appliance.

  • You have the login credentials of the vCenter SSO service.

  • You have downloaded the vRO plugin package file to your local system.

    You can download the plugin from https://www.juniper.net/support/downloads/?p=contrail.

You can deploy the Contrail plugin in any Java Virtual Machine (JVM) compatible environment and load it on an active vRO instance.

The following topics describe how to install and provision the Contrail vRO plugin.

Accessing vRO Control Center

Follow the steps given below to access and log in to vRO Control Center:

  1. To access vRO Control Center through a Web browser, navigate to the https://{vRO}:8283/vco-controlcenter URL.

    Note

    Replace {vRO} given in the URL with the host name of the deployed vRO Appliance.

    The host name is the IP address or the FQDN of the vRO node.

    The vCenter SSO service page is displayed.

    Figure 1: vCenter SSO service page
    vCenter SSO service page
  2. On the vCenter SSO service page, enter the User name and Password in the respective fields and click Login. See Figure 1.

    The Orchestrator Control Center home page is displayed.

    Figure 2: Orchestrator Control Center
     Orchestrator Control
Center

Installing vRO Plugin

Perform the following steps to install the vRO plugin:

  1. Upload vRO plugin package.

    To upload vRO plugin package:

    • From the Orchestrator Control Center home page, click Manage Plug-Ins under the Plug-Ins section.

      The Manage Plug-Ins page is displayed.

      Figure 3: Manage Plug-Ins page
      Manage Plug-Ins page
      Note

      You can install a new plugin or manage an already installed plugin from the Manage Plug-Ins page.

      Note

      *.vmoapp or *.dar file format can be used. Also, the version in this example may be different from the version you have downloaded.

    • Click Browse in the Install plug-in pane and select the downloaded vRO plugin package file on your local system.

    • After you select vRO plugin package file, click Install to upload the vRO plugin package to the vRO server.

      The EULA page is displayed.

      Figure 4: EULA page
      EULA page
  2. Install vRO plugin.

    After you upload the vRO plugin package, select Accept EULA on the EULA page and then click Install.

    Note

    If you use *.vmoapp file format, you are directed to the Accept EULA page before you proceed with the installation.

    If you use *.dar file format, you can directly proceed with installation.

    The vRO plugin is installed.

Accessing vRO Desktop Client

After you install the VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) plugin, download vRealize Orchestrator Client version 7.3.0 to access the vRO server.

To download and install the vRO desktop client application, click https://{vRO}:8281/vco/.

Note

Replace {vRO} given in the URL with the host name of the deployed vRO Appliance.

Figure 5: Getting Started with vRealize Orchestrator
Getting Started with
vRealize Orchestrator

You can download vRO desktop client applications for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems.

Connecting to vRO using the Desktop Client

You connect to the vRO server by using the vRO desktop client.

  1. Start the vRO desktop client.

    The VMware vRealize Orchestrator Login page is displayed.

    Figure 6: VMware vRealize Orchestrator Login page
    VMware vRealize Orchestrator Login
page
  2. In the VMware vRealize Orchestrator Login page, enter Host name, User name, and Password.

    Note

    The Host name also includes the port number and must be in the {vRO}:8281 format.

  3. Click Login to connect to the vRO server. See Figure 6.

Connecting to Contrail Controller

To connect Contrail vRO to the Contrail Controller:

  1. Navigate to the Contrail > Configuration folder in the workflow library. See Figure 7.

  2. Select Create Contrail controller connection.

    Figure 7: Workflow Library
    Workflow Library
  3. Click the Controller tab and enter the following information:

    • Connection name—a unique name to identify the connection

    • Controller host—host name of the Contrail Connector

    • Controller port—port used to access the Contrail Controller

    Figure 8: Controller Tab
    Controller Tab
  4. Click the Credentials tab and enter the following credentials to manage the Contrail Controller:

    • User name—user name to access the Contrail Controller

    • User password—password to access the Contrail Controller

    • Authentication server—URL of the authentication server

    Figure 9: Credentials Tab
    Credentials Tab
  5. Click the Tenant tab to define tenant information.

    In the Tenant field, enter the name of the Contrail tenant.

    Figure 10: Tenant Tab
    Tenant Tab
  6. Click Submit to establish connection.

    Once you connect Contrail vRO to the Contrail Controller, you use Contrail workflows to make configuration changes to Contrail.

Deploying Contrail vRO Plugin

You can deploy the Contrail plugin in any Java Virtual Machine (JVM) compatible environment and load it on an active vRO instance.