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#vROps 6.7 – Automate all the things..
Simon
13/04/2018

There are many improvements, changes and new additions to vROps in version 6.7 but one of the aspects that stands out to me personally is the direction VMware are taking with the product. Aside from the obvious addition of cloud costings and comparisons and a reworked capacity planning (from the ground up) and new hook […]

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

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
Sam
14/03/2017

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 […]

vRealize Orchestrator Workflow: shutdownVSANCluster
Sam
30/12/2016

My vSphere lab is split into two halves – a low power management cluster, powered by 3 Intel NUCs, and a more hefty workload cluster powered by a Dell C6100 chassis with 3 nodes. The workload servers are noisy and power hungry so they tend to be powered off when I am not using them, and […]

Increasing the Java Heap size for vRealize Orchestrator Client (7.x)
Sam
16/12/2016

Back in January 2015 I wrote an article on how to modify the Java heap settings for the vCenter Orchestrator client when working with very large workflows. Since vRealize Orchestrator 7.x has been released, we no longer have an installable client, just a Java WebStart file (.jnlp) that you run, or a package that you can download […]

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

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?
Sam
30/03/2016

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
Sam
16/03/2016

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 […]

vRealize Automation 7 Custom Hostname with Event Broker (EB) Subscription
Sam
09/03/2016

The new Event Broker service in vRA7 is one of the most exciting features of this latest release, the possibilities for extensibility are huge. At this point it time you can still use the old method of using workflow stubs to customise machine lifecycle events, but at some point in the future this will be deprecated […]

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