Purpose Few customers inquired about how they can collect metric values directly from vROps. They majorly wanted to get that information using REST API’s. I wrote another blog post detailing how you can do it. I wrote a python script to automatically collect metric values from vROps. This post provides details about that script. Where you can get that script and how it needs to be run. Introduction: This python script uses the vROps python client to query and gather information directly from vROps server. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose The purpose of this post is to show how to automate infrastructure in virtualized dataceter through vRealize Code Stream and using other tools like Artifactory. Target audience for this post are System Admins, Cloud Admins etc. who are not full fledged developers but has some experience in scripting and automation or building blueprints in vRA. Also in the process this post clarifies on how to use vRealize Code Stream for any other automation Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Recently I got a request to from my colleague Raminder Singh to deliver a session for customers on vRealize Automation (vRA). Though vRealize Automation is generally available for few years, still it seems there are challenges faced by customers. Specially if they are trying it out for the first time. This post aims at clearing the confusion and making it clear what steps needs to be done while implementing vRA. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose The purpose of this post is to show how to build XaaS services in vRealize Automation (vRA) by using available API’s in vRealize Orchestrator (vRO). Target audience for this post is System Admins, Cloud Admins etc. who are not full fledged developers but has some experience in scripting and build Blueprints in vRA. Also in the process this post will clarify how to use vRO and also how to explore API structure and use them in building custom workflows. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Dear Readers, this is the second and last part of the series on integrating NSX with vRealize Automation. Initially I thought of writing three separate blogs on this topic covering Integration, Consumption and Result. But then due to the size I decided to put a video and few screenshots. This reduced the size to a great extent and hence I will club part II and III in this post. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose NSX and vRealize Automation are two major products from VMware. You use vRealize Automation to build a Cloud environment and use NSX for building a Software-Defined-Network environment. Individually they are awesome products and when you mix them up, you get an overdose of awesomeness. Fun apart, the actual power of Software Defined Datacenter comes into play when you use them together. With NSX you can build Dynamic routing, load balancing, firewall rules etc. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Dear Reader, this is the second part of the vROPS for NSX post. In the earlier Part I post I have discussed about the installation and configuration of the PAK file in vROPs environment. In this part I am going to discuss the results of the configuration, i.e, what information we get from the solution. As could be seen in the earlier post, when we install this solution we get two adapters, Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Hello, my last post was about monitoring NSX environment using vRealize Network Insight. That is an amazing tool and a must have if you have NSX in your environment. In the meantime I thought of writing a post on using vRealize Operations (vRops) to monitor NSX environment. This is going to be a two part blog, where, in the first part I will cover the installation and configure portion and in the second part will explore the solution. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Hi Reader, I am back with another blog. I thought of writing a series of blogs on vRealize Automation. It seems not enough is discussed about the internal architecture and the generic configuration steps are too complex and needs some explanations. But before I do that, I thought of sharing a tutorial on “Installation and configuration of vRealize Network Insight”. This is the newest addition to VMware kitty and the most happening kid at the moment :). Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Hey guys, hope you are doing good. Few days back I discussed about the choice between a distributed deployment and a simple one. Near the end I said, if you want to do a distributed deployment then it is better that we use a virtual load balancer like NSX. So this blog is all about configuring NSX load balancer for a distributed deployment for vRA 7.1. For the purpose of this blog I will use NSX 6. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose This is the last part of the series on vRealize Automation 7.0 installation and configuration. Since I have already covered the installation part, so in this post I am going to cover only the configuration part. vRealize Automation 7.0 Configuration: NOTE: In all these posts I have covered only the automated Wizard installation and Configuration part. This post is also not going to be an exception. Since vRealize Automation is pretty complex so the manual installation and configuration portion I will cover in separate blog series. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose This is the second part of the three part series of vRealize Automation 7.0 installation and configuration blog series. In this part I am going to take a closer look at the installation of IaaS server through initial Wizard. Pre-Requisites: Before we go ahead and start the installation and configuration we need to prepare the IaaS server. A lot of pre-requisites will be set by the Wizard (as we can see later) but couple of points we need to configure manually. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose On 17th December VMware released much awaited new version of vRealize Automation which is 7.0. The major new changes and additions for this version are provided below: What’s New in vRA 7.0 Deployment and Initial Configuration: The entire installation process for vRA has changed completely. With this version the installation process is a simplified Wizard based installation. Identity Management: With this version Identity Management server (vIDM) is integrated with the vRA appliance. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Hello All, Hope you are doing well. Today I want to talk about remotely executing scripts inside a VM which is hosted in vSphere environment. Recently I received the following requirement from a colleague for a customer. Environment: Customer has hundreds of VMs A particular application is running in many of the VM’s which creates a log file in a particular location inside the VM Admin team does not know in which of those VM’s the application is running Requirement: Admin team wants to know in which of those VM’s the application is running. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Today I am going to talk about an interesting feature of PowerCLI. Through PowerCLI you can utilize the full functionalities of ESXCLI commands. Question is why would you like to access Esxcli commands from PowerCLI cmdlets. The reason is there are certain tasks which can easily be done using Esxcli cmdlets because there are no simple cmdlets available in PowerCLI for this. For example, if you want to re-signature a vmfs datastore, it is easier to use Esxcli than to use PowerCLI and vSphere API’s. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose This is the last one in the custom dashboard series. In part 1 of the series I had covered about what I wanted to achieve and the general structure of the dashboard. In the second part I covered how we actually built the custom dashboard and the user roles. In this part we will see the end result.Since I already mentioned that when logged in with Admin account I will be able to see more information that the end user. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose In the previous post I informed about the general structure of the dashboard. In this post I am going to go deeper and talk about how exactly I built the solution. For this I created a new dashboard by the name “Organization Details”. There is a very good and detailed blog by Jason Gaudreau on how to create a custom dashboard. So instead of re-inventing the wheel I have provided below a link to the blog. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose: Recently I had a request from a customer to build a custom Dashboard for vRealize Operations Manager for their environment. I thought of sharing my experience with you so that in the process I can show how to build a solution to a requirement. In doing so I will cover customization of vROps to a great extent. This is going to be a multi-part post. The requirement and environment is described below: Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Guys, There is another way. If you follow the previous post there would be a problem J . In ITBM standard appliance by default the following lines are on : Server 127.0.0.1 fudge 127.0.0.1 stratum 10 so when you check the time with ntpq –pn you would see that by default 127.0.0.1 is set up as default time server. Since I could not use any local editor to edit the file and all the three appliance vCAC, Identity and ITBM standard follows the same NTP configuration and server, did the following: Info-Standard Read More
Purpose I need to configure a NTP server in ITBM Standard Appliance. This post covers the know how of the process. Reason: There is a time drift between ITBM appliance and vCAC & Identity appliance, so ITBM registration with vCAC fails. [ vCAC & Identity appliance are configured to use NTP server] Solution: Need to update NTP configuration in ITBM appliance. Now like other appliances ITBM standard appliance does not provide any Time server setting in default https://<IP or FQDN:5480 location. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Hello Everyone, this is my first blog.Before I go ahead and talk about any other technologies I would like to talk about my Home Lab setup. Like many others I do not have dedicated servers at my home so I work around the limitations and get my lab going. By no means it is a great lab, but this will let you feel the technology, get your hands dirty on things that you would not be able to otherwise. Info-Standard Read More