(vRA) vRealize Automation - Formerly known as vCloud Autoamtion Center (vCAC)
(vROM) vRealize Operations Manager - Formerly know as vCenter Operations Manager (vCOM).
(vRB) vRealize Business - Formerly known as IT Business Management. (ITBM).
(vRAS) vRealize Application Services - Formerly known as vCenter Application Services.
(vLI) vRealize Log Insight - Formerly known as vCenter Log Insight.

Recent vRealize Posts by Technology

vRealize Code Stream v 1.0.0 has been released

vRealize™ Code Stream™ is a new release automation product that allows teams to deliver software rapidly, reliably and of higher quality, all the while lowering manual overhead and operational risks.  It is particularly relevant for organizations that have a Continuous Delivery or DevOps initiative. Code Stream allows developers and operations teams to release software more frequently and efficiently, all the while leveraging their investments in existing development and operations tools. For … [Read More...]

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VMware NSX for vSPhere 6.1.2 – Upgrading from NSX 6.1 to NSX 6.1.2

NSX for vSphere was released on December 4th and I’m sure you all dropped everything to get the bits upgraded in your lab environments.  Good news is if your installs took as long as mine you might still have time to read this before they finish ;-)  In all seriousness I would recommend setting aside a good amount of time. I have 3 clusters with a total of 8 hosts and 5 Edge Gateways it took a total of about 5 hours to complete the upgrade.  Worst part is I told my wife I would be an hour and … [Read More...]

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vRealize Automation – vCAC 6.1 – Ultimate Multi-Machine Blueprint Extension v1.0.2 – Updated

Have you ever needed more control over what custom properties get assigned to specific component machines of a multi-machine blueprint, or want to use the same component blueprints for all component machine of a multi-machine blueprint?  The Ultimate Multi-Machine Blueprint Extension aims to help with that. The Ultimate Multi-Machine Blueprint Extension allows you to utilize the same source component blueprint for multiple component machines while at the same time controlling which custom … [Read More...]

vRealize Operations Manger – vROM – 6.0 Released

The much anticipated vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 released today.  This new release is a milestone further tying together components of the vRealize Suite.  With the release of vRealize Operations 6.0 and vRealize Automation 6.2 comes the integration of the two products.  However that is not all vRealize Operations 6.0 has some very exciting new features of it’s own.The release introduces the following new enhancements and features: Scale-Out Deployment Architecture This release provides … [Read More...]

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vRealize Automation – vCAC 6.1 – Registering the Application Services Cloud Provider and Templates

Once your vCAC Application Services appliance is installed and configured, you must set up a Cloud Provider.  A Cloud Provider is a system that will provide infrastructure services for the applications you will manage.  In this case, we are using vCAC.  At the same time, you can create Templates based on the vCAC Blueprints you’d like to consume. Follow the steps below to create your Cloud Provider and Templates. Choose a user account and add it to the Group Manager role in a … [Read More...]

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vRealize Code Stream v 1.0.0 has been released

vRealize™ Code Stream™ is a new release automation product that allows teams to deliver software rapidly, reliably and of higher quality, all the while lowering manual overhead and operational risks.  It is particularly relevant for organizations that have a Continuous Delivery or DevOps initiative. Code Stream allows developers and operations teams to release software more frequently and efficiently, all the while leveraging their investments in existing development and operations tools. For customers who already use vRealize Automation, vRealize Code Stream is a complementary offering that extends automation to the entire release process itself. Beyond provisioning, it integrates with … [Read More...]

Property of the Day

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vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.1 – Custom Property of the Day #6 – Clone From

POTD #6 Clone From   vCAC version: 5.1   Property Name   CloneFrom … [Read More...]

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vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.1 – Custom Property of the Day #5 – Clone Spec

POTD #5 Clone Spec   vCAC version: 5.1   Property Name   CloneSpec … [Read More...]

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vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.1 – Custom Property of the Day #4 – vCenter Folders

POTD #4 vCenter Folders   vCAC version: 5.1   Property Name   VMware.VirtualCenter.Folder … [Read More...]

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vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.1 – Custom Property of the Day #3 – Thin Provisioning

POTD #3 Thin Provision   vCAC version: 5.1   Property Name   VirtualMachine.Admin.ThinProvision … [Read More...]

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vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.1 – Custom Property of the Day #2 – Hostname

POTD #2 Hostname   vCAC version: 5.1   Property Name   Hostname … [Read More...]

vCAC Demystified

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vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.2 – Virtual Machine LifeCycle Demystified

vCAC has what is referred to as the "Master Workflow" which makes up the Virtual Machine Lifecycle. The Master workflow is the top level workflow states that a virtual machine will go through, throughout it's life. These workflow states tie pretty … [Read More...]

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vCloud Automation Cetner 5.2 – vCAC 5.2 and Citrix XenDesktop Demystified

I have seen a rise in questions regarding vCAC 5.x and integration with XenDesktop. This article is not a step by step on how to configure integration with XenDesktop, but information on capabilities and use cases for integration. Supported … [Read More...]

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vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.1 – Custom Properties Demystified

vCAC utilizes custom properties in many different ways. They can be very useful if properly understood. To start with there are two high level classifications for custom properties. Those are: Reserved Custom Properties - These are properties … [Read More...]

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vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 5.1 – Reservations Demystified

I have written a few articles that show you how to configure "Reservations" in vCAC. In this article I'm going to dig in to some details around "Reservations", how they work, and the additional options that are available for them. What are … [Read More...]

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vCloud Automation Center- vCAC 5.1 – DEMs Demystified

There are two types of DEMs that are used within vCAC.  Those are: Orchestrator DEM Worker DEM   DEMs in General You have to have at least one Orchestrator DEM and Worker DEM, but depending on the size of your environment you may have … [Read More...]

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vRealize Automation – vCAC 6.1 – Custom Property Toolkit for vCO

For those of you who have not seen this yet, it is a must have for anyone writing vCO workflows for vCAC.  VMware’s own Dan Linsey build a set of pre-built workflows to help aid you in your own development efforts.  The toolkit includes workflows for … [Read More...]

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vRealize Automation – vCAC 6.x – Removing workflow revisions from Design Center

CloudUtil is a vRA(vCAC) repository management tool that is part of the vRA Designer.  It actually is what you are launching when you run the designer.  When run without parameters it launches the GUI Designer.  It however has other functions that … [Read More...]

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vRealize Automation – vCAC 6.1 – Building vCO workflows for Multi-Machine Blueprints

It seem that there is a bit of confusion around using vCO workflows with multi-machine blueprints.  Before I discuss how to build vCO workflows for multi-machine blueprints I want to discuss the differences between single machine and multi-machine … [Read More...]

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vRealize Automation – vCAC 6.1 – Custom vCenter Folder Extension

Overview vCAC by default will place all provisioned machines into a vCenter folder named VRM.  You can override this using the custom property VMware.VirtualCenter.Folder to tell vCAC where to place the provisioned machine.  While this is great that … [Read More...]

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vRealize Autoamtion – vCAC 6.1 – Creating a One to One NAT Network Profile

One-to-One NAT environments allow you to perform both SNAT and DNAT for all machines provisioned behind and NSX Edge Gateway.  For each machine provisioned onto the One-to-One NAT network an External IP is added to the Edge gateway for the NAT … [Read More...]

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