Getting started with vRealize Log Insight 4.3 for vRealize Automation 7
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 fact is that vRealize Automation has a lot of log files. Correlating these log sources to provide an overall picture is a painful, manual process – unless you have Log Insight!
Installing the Content Packs
In order to get the full picture of what’s going on during a vRA deployment you will likely need to correlate logs from vRA, vRO and NSX. Installing and configuring these is pretty easy.
I am going to assume the vSphere integration has already been configured, and all ESXi hosts are forwarding their logs to Log Insight already. (more…)
Running Platypus in Docker on Photon with AppCatalyst
Just a quick little post this morning! Anyone who works with the vRealize Automation APIs should definitely check out Grant Orchard and Roman Tarnavski’s awesome little side project, Platypus.
It only took me a couple of minutes to get it running on my MacBook – here’s how!
Download and install AppCatalyst
Open a new terminal window
Create a new VM called “photon”
appcatalyst vm create photon
Power it on
appcatalyst vmpower on photon
Get the VM’s IP address
appcatalyst guest getip photon
SSH to the IP
ssh -i /opt/vmware/appcatalyst/etc/appcatalyst_insecure_ssh_key photon@<IP Address>
Run the Platypus docker image:
sudo docker run --rm -p 80:8080 vmware/platypus
Browse to the interface: