AUTOMATION

Written by Simon Eady on 31/3/2016
Published under vRealize Operations
<img class=“alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-7206” src=“/images/2016/03/aaf-logo.png” alt=“aaf-logo” width=“150” height=“150” gems deep inside, vROps in this case is not without exception. The Automation Action Framework (AAF) is one of these, a really powerful vROps in-built automation tool. Now when I have discussed this capability with my peers and friends many ask why not use vRO etc? My reply is quite simple, “what if you do not have vRO or the in house skills to utilise it properly?
Written by Simon Eady on 31/3/2016
Published under vRealize Operations
<img class=“alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-7206” src=“/images/2016/03/aaf-logo.png” alt=“aaf-logo” width=“150” height=“150” gems deep inside, vROps in this case is not without exception. The Automation Action Framework (AAF) is one of these, a really powerful vROps in-built automation tool. Now when I have discussed this capability with my peers and friends many ask why not use vRO etc? My reply is quite simple, “what if you do not have vRO or the in house skills to utilise it properly?
Written by Sam McGeown on 30/3/2016
<img class=“alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-6186” src=“/images/2015/07/vRA-Product-Icon-Mac_0.png” alt=“vRA” width=“150” height=“150” - a properties object. I wanted to create a workflow that I could enable to log all of the keys, values and types of the properties object for each stage of the vRA7 MachineProvisioning workflows, and create a reference for myself on the payload for each stage. To do this I created a new workflow “debugProperties” and added an input variable called “payload”, type Properties.
Written by Sam McGeown on 16/3/2016
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 had the system default tenant configured to use the embedded vRO, and the customer tenant configured to use the system default (which would be the embedded vRO!
Written by Sam McGeown on 9/3/2016
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 and the Event Broker will be the only way to extend. With this in mind, I wanted to use the Event Broker to do something that I am asked on almost every customer engagement - custom hostnames beyond what the Machine Prefixes mechanism can do.
Written by Simon Eady on 23/1/2016
Published under VMware and vRealize Operations
A series of webcasts on vRealize Operations Manager 6.x, helping you learn about anything and everything about the solution. Some of the examples include, vROps Policies, Alert Definitions, Automated Action Framework, integration to third party etc. This would include power point and live demonstrations. The session would range anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes. With 100+ registrations and more than 70 live attendees, it was definitely a great start to this series.
Written by Sam McGeown on 1/12/2015
Published under VMware and vRealize Orchestrator
If you use the in-built vRealize Orchestrator instance shipped with the vRealize Automation appliance then you might run into this issue when working with the REST client: Connection pool shut down (Workflow:Get-IdentityToken / Scripting (item3)#14) The vRA appliance version I have (6.2 - note to self, need to update lab!) includes the plugin version 1.0.4 for REST. According to the release notes, this was fixed in 1.0.5 - typical!
Written by Sam McGeown on 14/10/2015
Published under VMware and vRealize Automation
@vaficionado) – if that list of names doesn’t fill you with confidence for vRA.Next, then I suggest you follow them on twitter and trust me that it’s a crack team!   So, my highlights: Completely automated deployment…almost. The deployment of appliances and installation of IaaS components and pre-requisites will be wizard driven, the Window Servers will need to exist and have an agent installed, and the MSSQL server will also need to be installed.
Written by Simon Eady on 21/9/2015
Published under vRealize Automation
Recently the team I am working with came across an interesting bug/issue with actions missing from deployed VMs. We had checked and double checked the entitlements yet the actions that should be available to the end-user/customer were not listed. Everything appeared to point to a permissions issue until one of the team members noticed something with regards to blueprints in the catalog. Before I continue with what we observed and how we “fixed” it please bear in mind the blueprints were created programmatically.
Written by Sam McGeown on 21/7/2015
Published under VMware
Note: This falls under the “I don’t think this is supported” category – use this method at your own peril! As part of some testing I’ve been doing for vRealize Automation DR scenarios, I wanted to test changing the IP address of a HA PSC pair using a script (think SRM failover to a new subnet). What I didn’t want to do was simply edit the connections directly – quite often with the VMware appliances there are scripts on start-up to ensure the configuration is correct and consistent – what I wanted was to be able to find a more supported and reliable way.