Purpose I wrote a blog on Auto-Scaling and got many questions regarding that topic. Also, after the release of vRealize Automation 7.3.1 onwards, the workflows stopped working. So, this post has the answer to all those questions and the updated package which will work with vRealize Automation versions upwards from 7.3. Though this post mainly covers the answers to the questions, it contains information about the subject as a whole and can be further categorized into the following sub topics: Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Recently I got a request to build a Weblogic-as-a-Service in vRealize Automation for a customer. This post provides details of that custom built Out-of-the-Box Oracle Weblogic-as-a-Service in vRealize Automation. Requirement: The requirement is to deploy a Weblogic Cluster as a whole. Also, user should be able to choose any number of nodes in the cluster at runtime. For example, it may be anything within the range 1 to 20, etc. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose The [first part of the post]{% post_link shared-db-service-vrealize-automation %} dealt with “Out of the box Shared DB as a Service”. In addition to other points, where I explained about Shared DB as a Service using a vRO package. Limitation of that package is, it only creates the DB in real Database. Created databases do not appear in vRA items list. Also any Day 2 operation is not possible on the created Databases. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose This blog post provides details of shared DB-as-a-Service capability in vRealize Automation. This functionality provided by vRO workflows. A vRO package was created and is available here. Details of the required tools and configuration steps are also provided. Also, the repository details of the package given. Introduction: In last few months, I got many requests for shared DB-as-a-Service for private cloud. Specifically, the private clouds built with VMware vRealize Automation. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Have you checked the auto-scaling feature provided in public cloud solutions like AWS and Azure and wished to get the same feature in your private cloud environment? Do you have an existing private cloud environment or building a new one and want to make it auto-scale enabled? This post covers this exact topic. It details what auto-scaling is and provides step by step guide on how you can build one using various VMware products. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Automation in a virtualised datacenter is must for any IT-Admin. PowerShell is perhaps the most important tool in such virtualised datacenter. For VMware environment PowerCLI provides that capability to the admins. This is the second session on PowerCLI, covering the advance topics. If you are just starting or plan to start with PowerShell, then read the first part and come back here. Introduction: As mentioned, PowerShell has become an invaluable tool in any IT-Admin’s kitty. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Today I got to demo advance capabilities and various possibilities in & around vRA 7.2 (vRealize Automation) to an audience. This involved auto-scaling, on-demand load balancers, application authoring and containers. So, if you are a cloud admin or infra admin and wondering what features you can implement using vRA, then this post shows few of them. Introduction: If you want to build a cloud environment with a lot of flexibility then vRA is the tool for you. Info-Standard Read More
Purpose Automation in datacenter is a must for any IT-Admin. And scripting is the most important skill they can have. PowerShell is the most important scripting language in today’s virtualised environment. This is a session on basics of PowerShell and PowerCLI which I did for a customer. If you are just starting or plan to start with PowerShell and wondering where to start, then this session is for you. Introduction: Scripting started with SHELL (*nix environment) and BATCH (Windows) and has matured over the years. 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 Did you ever wonder or faced the following questions from a customer regarding vRealize Operations Manager? Why the resource utilization metrics shown by OS and other monitoring tools does not match with those shown in vRealize Operations Manager? Why vRealize Operations Manager shows so many parameters and is complex to look at? Why the reclamation suggestions provided by vRealize Operations Manager does not align with other tools? 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 The most awaited feature is finally here. Never thought I would see Microsoft saying they love Linux and open source. But I suppose this was on the cards cause you can not ignore a vast population of IT landscape. So finally PowerShell is here for Linux and Mac environment.Here is a step by step guide on how you would install the Alpha release on your Mac. To download the package visit the 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