Alexa, turn on my workload cluster
06/04/2017 | Sam

Like many other geeks out there, I received an Amazon Echo device this Christmas, and whether it’s a fad or not, I’ve spent a few happy hours setting up my Hue lights and some other automation. The room in the house with the most automation is my office – the novelty may wear off, but […]

Getting started with vRealize Log Insight 4.3 for vRealize Automation 7
14/03/2017 | Sam

In this humble consultant’s opinion, Log Insight is one of the most useful tools in the administrator’s tool belt for troubleshooting vRealize Automation. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked to help troubleshoot an issue that, when asked, people don’t know which log they should be looking at. The simple […]

vRA7.2 and vSphere Integrated Containers
19/12/2016 | Sam

One of the cool new features released with vRealize Automation 7.2 was the integration of VMware Admiral (container management) into the product, and recently VMware made version 1 of vSphere Integrated Containers generally available (GA), so I thought it was time I started playing around with the two. In this article I’m going to cover deploying […]

Deploying to AWS with Software Components on vRealize Automation 7
18/11/2016 | Sam

Recently I’ve been working on some ideas in my lab to leverage the AWS endpoint on vRealize Automation. One of the things I needed to get working was getting Software Components working on my AWS deployed instances. The diagram to the right shows my end-stage network – the instance deployed by vRA into AWS should be […]

Creating an AWS Hardware VPN Connection with Ubiquiti EdgeRouterX
07/11/2016 | Sam

When you’re working with Amazon and vRealize Automation Software Components, one of the requirements is for the Guest Agent (gugent) to talk back to the vRealize Automation APIs – the gugent polls the API for tasks it should perform, downloads them from the API and executes them, then updates the tasks with a status. This […]

Adding an AWS endpoint to vRealize Automation 7
28/07/2016 | Sam

Although it’s fairly limited, you can add AWS as an endpoint for vRealize Automation 7  and consume EC2 AMIs as part of a blueprint. You can even add the deployed instances to an existing Elastic Load Balancer at deploy time. In this post I’ll run through the basics to get up and running and deploy […]

Adding a vCloud Air (PAYG/Gen2) instance to vRealize Orchestrator as a vCloud Director host
19/04/2016 | Sam

Big thanks to Jose Luis Gomez for this solution, his response to my tweet was spot on and invaluable! I’ve been trying to configure vCloud Air as a vCloud Director host in vRealize Orchestrator in order to create some custom resource actions for Day 2 operations in vRealize Automation. What I found was that there’s […]

What’s in my vRA7 EBS Payloads?
30/03/2016 | Sam

As I discussed in my previous post, vRA7 Event Broker integration is a big change from previous version of vRA – we no longer receive the same objects that used to be passed from vCAC/vRA to vCO. Instead we receive the mysterious “payload” – a properties object. I wanted to create a workflow that I […]

vRealize Automation 7 XaaS blueprint form displays: Failed to retrieve form from provider
16/03/2016 | Sam

I ran into this issue as described in VMware KB2140539 where requesting an XaaS (vRealize Orchestrator) blueprint fails with: Failed to retrieve form from provider The KB describes it occuring when “more than one VMware vRealize Orchestrator instance is configured for different tenants“. The issue I faced is not the same – in my case, I […]