CategoryvRealize Automation

Automating vRA IaaS Blueprint creation with vRO


In some situations it might be very convenient to be able to automatically create vRA (vCAC) Iaas blueprints. However, since the IaaS part of vRA uses an OData API doing so is not a trivial task. OData is basically just a representation of the IaaS database. So there is no logic in front of it and thus no way to tell the API: “Create a blueprint for this VM please”. Previsously I...

Automating vRA (vCAC) using vRO – Split Brain


Recently I have done some work on automating vRA (vCAC) using vRO (vCO). This meant I had to dive into the vCAC APIs. The bad news is that this felt like diving into a pool of dark muddy water. The good news is that I’m still alive, my headache is gone and I’ll try to capture some of the things I learned on this blog. Split brain In this post I’ll start out with an introduction...

Running vRA 6.2 without Windows


After the release of vRA 6.2 I wanted to setup a small lab on my laptop. I really didn’t feel like creating a windows machine and getting SQL and AD up and running. So I tried running vRA 6.2 without windows. If you leave windows out of the vRA installation you’ll still end up with a useable vRA environment. I’ll go into what’s working and what’s not in a minute. Let...

vRealize 6.2 releases


VMware released version 6.2 of a lot of the vRealize familiy products, vRA is one of them. I’m not going to cover all new features here, you can find them in the release notes. One feature I really like is this one: Ability to edit custom properties for published applications in the service catalog. This feature means we can now have user input for IaaS Custom properties on Application...

Prerequisites check vCAC 6.1 (automated)


As many of you already know VMware released vCloud Automation Center 6.1 September 9th. I’m working on an implementation already, so I feel pretty lucky. An installation always starts with the deployment of the necessary Windows (2012R2) servers and all the prerequisites listed in the documentation. We at are big supporters in automating everything, as long as it useful or...

vCAC 6.1 released


Today VMware released vCAC version 6.1. You can read all about the new features in the release notes. A few features stand out immediately: Migrating a vCloud Automation Center version 5.2.1 or 5.2.2 deployment to version 6.1 Upgrading from vCloud Automation Center 6.0 to 6.1 Really VMware? The new feature is that we can migrate or upgrade to the new version? I can’t wait to see what will...

How to Automate: vCAC


This is the third blog in my “How to automate” series. In the first posts I dicussed PowerCLI and vCO. In this blog I will talk about vCAC. vCAC = VMware vCloud Automation Center. It was originally developed by Credit Suisse, then spun off into a company called Dynamic Ops before it was acquired by VMware. It is software that takes care of the buniness side of automation. It presents a portal on...

Selecting Network Through vCAC Property


vCAC is a really powerful automation tool, primarily giving users the opportunity to request their own applications without interaction of the IT Department. In this particular case I was configuring a blueprint to be used by developers. Using vCAC to clone vCenter templates is really simple; users request a machine to use in the development or in the production environment. While I was testing...

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: Space-Efficient...

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...

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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).