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Orchestration and your configuration data

As this is my first blog post at automate-it.today I would like to start off with something less-technical and have a monologue about the Orchestration and your configuration data. This first post will be the first in a series of four; the following post will be more technical and describing the possibilities, technical implementation and their pro’s and con’s.

First off, what is configuration/automation data? In short: the data that supports your  automation in terms of decision making and logic.

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vCAC Blueprint Configuration

Below is the vCAC configuration workflow about configuring a Blueprint. This blogpost is the fifth in the vCAC configuration series.

The action blocks are actually clickable and will show you the matching parts of the VMware documentation in a popup window.

Go back to the configuration steps overview.

 

A couple of interesting vCAC documentation links about Blueprints:

 

vCAC Configuration – Reservation

This blogpost is the fourth in the vCAC configuration series.

Before a user can request a machine there need to be available resources, this resources are created with the Fabric groups. Within this fabric you can create a reservation.

A fabric administrator creates a reservation to allocate provisioning resources in the fabric group to a specific business group.

A virtual reservation allocates a share of the memory, CPU and storage resources on a particular compute resource for a business group to use.

A physical reservation is a set of physical machines reserved for a business group to use. Unprovisioned physical machines must be added to a physical reservation before being provisioned or imported, and cannot be removed until they are decommissioned and become unprovisioned.

A cloud reservation provides access to the provisioning services of a cloud service account, for Amazon AWS, or to a virtual datacenter, for vCloud Director, for a business group to use.

A business group can have multiple reservations on the same compute resource or different compute resources, or any number of physical reservations containing any number of physical machines.

A compute resource can also have multiple reservations for multiple business groups. In the case of virtual reservations, you can reserve more resources across several reservations than are physically present on the compute resource. For example, if a storage path has 100GB of storage available, a fabric administrator can create one reservation for 50GB of storage and another reservation using the same path for 60GB of storage. You can provision machines by using either reservation as long as sufficient resources are available on the storage host.

You can reserve physical machines only for a single business group. Because physical machines do not belong to fabric groups, all fabric administrators can manage all physical machines and reserve them for a particular business group.

Reservation

  • A reservation can only contain one policy.
  • A policy can be used on multiple reservations
  • Only one policy can be added to a blueprint

Go back to the configuration steps overview.

vCAC Business Group Configuration

This blogpost is the third in the vCAC configuration series and will focus on the configuration of the Business Groups.

A business group associates a set of services and resources to a set of users, often corresponding to a line of business, department, or other organizational unit. Business groups are managed on the Infrastructure tab but are used throughout the service catalog. Entitlements in the catalog are based on business groups. To request catalog items, a user must belong to at least one business group. A business group can have access to catalog items specific to that group and to catalog items that are shared between business groups in the same tenant. In IaaS, each business group has one or more reservations that determine on which compute resources the machines that this group requested can be provisioned. A business group must have at least one business group manager, who monitors the resource use for the group and often is an approver for catalog requests. In IaaS, group managers also create and manage machine blueprints for the groups they manage. Business groups can also contain support users, who can request and manage machines on behalf of other group members. Business group managers can also submit requests on behalf of their users. A user can be a member of more than one business group, and can have different roles in different groups.

Within a business group there are three different roles, that should be bound to Active Directory groups.

Business_Group_Roles

Below is the third workflow on the vCAC configuration about configuring the Business Groups. The action blocks are actually clickable and will show you the matching parts of the VMware documentation in a popup window.

Go back to the configuration steps overview.

vCAC Tenant Configuration

This blogpost is the second in the vCAC configuration series. With the second workflow on the vCAC configuration about configuring the Tenant, this workflow can be used to configure the default tenant.

The action blocks are actually clickable and will show you the matching parts of the VMware documentation in a popup window.

Go back to the configuration steps overview.

More information about working with Tenants, and how to create and configure them can be found here.

vCAC Configuration Steps

Installing vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) can be a challenging task. After doing several installations we found out that some people, just like us, struggle with the configuration.

A while ago I created some workflows which describe al the necessary steps in this configuration. I thought this would be nice to share with you, as a guideline in the configuration.

Each vCAC configuration step is clickable and will lead you to a separate blog post, with a flowchart and more information about this step.