CategoryInfra Automation

The Why, What and how of Automation

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Today my first ever whitepaper was published. It’s titled: The why, What and how of Automation. Here is the teaser: The current digitization wave puts an ever increasing load on enterprise IT departments. At the same time the business is expecting shorter delivery times for IT services just to stay ahead of the competition. To keep delivering the right services on time enterprise IT needs a...

The right tool for the job

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I work with vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator on a daily basis. And I really enjoy doing so, especially the custom code development part. vRO gives a lot of flexibility and it’s not often that I’m unable to build what my customers need. Whetever the request I usually find a way to emply vRA and vRO in such a way that if fulfills the customers need. But more and more often...

Automated directory synchronization of the vRA Identity Manager

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Disclaimer: The API documentation has not yet been released, therefor I would like to notice that this is currently an unsupported method of triggering a directory sync. During a recent project the customer requested the functionality to create a new business group with just one click. This should be a function to onboard new teams into the vRA environment, including the creation of Reservations...

vRO Code – Finding VirtualMachines by Custom property

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For the current project I’m involved in, I was asked to deliver a list of vRA deployed machines that have a Production status. At first I have been writing a short piece of code that obtained all vRA managed machines and for each machine gathered the customer properties. Creating this workflow actually took less time than the execution itself as the environment has about 4200 managed...

vRO Code – Calculate CIDR notation

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Recently I ran into situations where I needed to supply a network address in CIDR notation to external systems (infoblox and the oracle GRID installer in my case) from a vRealize Orchestrator workflow. CIDR notation looks like this: 192.168.1.20/24. So instead of specifying the subnet mask using the 4 bytes separated by dots it just tells how many bits are used for the network number. The thing...

Free tool: vRO API Explorer

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If you’re working with vRealize Orhcestrator you are probably spending a lot of time in the API explorer. I find myself using it all the time. But it has some flaws and the functionality is limited. Two of my colleagues recognized that and decided to build their own vRO API Explorer. And they didn’t stop there… it is now available online for everyboy to use: vroapi.com

Orchestration and your configuration data

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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...

vRealize Automation: Missing Actions in Entitlements

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After installing a new vRealize Automation 6.2.2 distributed environment a customer tried to add actions to an entitlement but default actions like Reconfigure were not visible. Also this Actions were not visible when we looked at \Administration\Catalog Management\Actions. The source of these actions are iaas-service so because it’s a new installation we checked if all the services were...

About the author

Dennis Hoegen Dijkhof
Dennis works for ITQ and works with VMware products since 2005. With his 15 years of experience in IT he can really add value to customers. Dennis his passion is to innovate big datacenters by using the latest technologies. Due to his passion he developed into a true expert on virtualization with VMware technologies. To share his passion and knowledge Dennis is active within the VMware community and is a member of the Netherlands VMUG leadership team (NLVMUG).