CategoryvRealize Orchestrator

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 Orchestrator 7 Release

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As you’re probably aware by now VMware released vRealize Automation 7 today. I already discussed vRA 7 before and there are a lot of blogs out there writing about it. What I didn’t blog about before is that with vRA7 VMware also released vRealize Orchestrator 7.¬† Since vRO is the magic sauce that makes vRA work anyways I’m far more interested in the vRO release. So I quickly...

Automating vRA IaaS Blueprint creation with vRO

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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...

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.