CategoryvRealize Automation (vCAC)

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...

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...

Advanced Options vRealize Automation – Hide Properties & Snapshots tab

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When you look at the item details for a Virtual Machine in the vRealize Automation Portal there are several tabs which show information. Most of this information is usable for the customer, like the CPU, memory and storage configuration. Besides this tabs the tabs Properties and Snapshots are visible, during a deployment of a Virtual Machine you often use advanced properties which are of no use...

HOWTO: Speed up vRA template deployments

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[ Since flowgrab is no longer amongst us you can get it from dropbox now ] I recently did some scalability and load testing on a vRA deployment. One of the problems I encountered was that the template deployments,which seemed reasonably fast suddenly became a bottleneck. So obviously I created a workflow to fix that. So here is howto: speed up vRA template deployments. TL;DR: if you’re too...

vRA 7 Blueprint designer preview

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One of the big changes you’ll see in vRA 7 is the new blueprint designer. If you can’t wait until the GA release, here is a vRA 7 bleuprint designer preview. In summary these are the differences from the old pre-7 blueprints: Graphical canvas Unified blueprint. No difference between single machine, multi-machine or application blueprints NSX integration. You can now drag and drop NSX...

VMworld news: vRealize Automation 7

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I’m currently at VMworld Barcelona where this morning VMware announced the new version of vRA. It’s going to be called vRA7. As far as I know it’s still not GA (general availability)  but the Beta program is in full swing. This morning I attended a a vExpert deepdive session hosted by @virtualJad. Here is an overview of some of the new features: Simplified architecture You no...

About the author

Christiaan Roeleveld
Chris works for ITQ and one of his passions is to share his knowledge and use his experience to find the best solution for his customers. Chris started his consulting career shortly after his first encounting with VMware back in 2004. In 2013 he shifted focus to infrastructure automation and recently made the shift to cloud native platforms.