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Since the incorporation of Aria Automation Config (formerly SaltStack) into Aria Automation (formerly vRealize Automation), our automation platform is now fully complete, including a robust configuration management capability.

This allows us to guarantee that all deployed resources carry our hardening policies, application configurations, O.S. tweaks, and even installing applications on demand, ensuring a seamless and effective process for managing and configuring our resources.

The SaltStack config resource has become a native component of Automation, providing easy access and configuration options throughout installing salt-minion on-demand, registering it to your salt-master, running state files, configuring grains, and more, entitling for countless use cases.


To make the process as seamless as possible, there are some requirements that need to be met.
Firstly, it's crucial to ensure that there is network communication between the Master and minion, including routing and firewalling (ensure that ports are open between Master and minions). Additionally, DNS resolution is required so that your minion can reach the Master using the FQDN.

Regarding the O.S. specifics, adjustments need to be made to your templates.

For Linux:
the communication occurs over SSH, so the SSH service must be enabled on the minion, and authentication to connect over SSH should be configured.

Winrm needs to be configured, and communication occurs over SMB port 445, with the service enabled on the minion. If using the Windows built-in firewall, it's crucial to enable this communication as well and set up the authentication accordingly.

If everything is set up correctly, when you deploy a new minion, you should see two jobs on the RaaS server: one for installing salt-minion and another for accepting the key. 

It's also important to note that there are other methods for installing salt-minion, such as cloudConfig or through the use of VMware Tools, so choose the one that best fits your needs.

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