Modifying session timeout in vRealize Automation 7.x

The default timeout value for web sessions to the vRealize Automation console is 30 minutes, this can be a nuisance for anyone attempting to work in vRA as this is not measured based on inactive time, but rather on the time since the user logged in. If a user is in the middle of something when they reach the 30 minute mark after they’d logged in, they will be automatically logged out, this is not ideal.

The file /usr/lib/vcac/server/webapps/vcac/WEB-INF/web.xml  has an xml tag <session-timeout>  which can be modified to another value (in minutes).

Here are the steps for modifying that:

  1. SSH to the vRealize Automation  7.x appliance as root
  2. Make a copy of the web.xml configuration file previously mentioned
  3. Modify the value between the session-timeout xml tags. This can be done using a text editor like vi, or using the sed utility, which I will show below
  4. Reboot the appliance


# Set a variable to be used as the new timeout value (in minutes)

# Change into the directory where the web.xml file is
cd /usr/lib/vcac/server/webapps/vcac/WEB-INF/

# Make a backup of the original web.xml file
cp web.xml web.xml.bak

# Check the current value
grep session-timeout web.xml

# Replace the timeout value
sed -i "s|\(<session-timeout>\)[^<>]*\(</session-timeout>\)|\1${newTimeout}\2|" web.xml

# Confirm the new value
grep session-timeout web.xml

Example Output

vRA Timeout Change

NOTE: You may need to clear your browser cache after rebooting vRA to pick up the new timeout value.

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