vRA – vRealize Automation and ServiceNow Integration

Some of you may have attended the vRA and ServiceNow presentation at VMworld 2017 yesterday.  I regret not being able to attend and present it myself, however I’m certain that Chris Smith and Ian Smith did a fantastic job.  Here I want to recap some of what was presented during that session.

It’s important to understand what options are available and what features they offer in order to understand what you really need when integrating with ServiceNow.  To start do you need what is referred to as North/South integration, East/West Integration, or both.  Below is a list of what capabilities fall under each classification.

North/South East/West
ServiceNow used as Catalog vRA used as Catalog
VMware vRealize Automation handles automation and orchestration. VMware vRealize Automation handles automation and orchestration.
Create or update CI records Create or update CI records
Available via VMware ITSM plugin, AVNet Plugin, or Custom REST API integration. Available via VMware ITSM plugin, SovLabs plugin, Avnet Plugin, or custom vRealize Orchestrator workflows.

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SovLabs – Solutions for VMware vRealize Automation

If you have been to the VMware Solutions Exchange you most certainly have seen the name SovLabs.  Although their solutions are regularly called plug-ins, I assure you they offer more than just orchestrator-based plug-ins.  I first started working with their solutions earlier this year and I was instantly hooked.  Many of you have used vRO extensions that were made available by Tom Bonanno or myself posted here on Dailyhypervisor.  One in particular is the custom hostname extension for vRA.  While that extension has helped hundreds if not more of you, many of you quickly discovered the downside of using it.  That downside being management overhead and lack of support.  As much as we would have liked to offer support to those in need we simply don’t have the bandwidth to do so.  Even upgrading the extension we put out for new versions of vRA in a timely manner had its challenges for us.

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Put away the computer and take a relaxing trip

I have been so busy I haven’t had time to put any articles together in quiet some time.  I know many if not all of you have the same issue.  Never enough time in a day to do all the things you need to get done and the back log just keeps piling up.  Every once in a while you need to just get away and reboot.  Take some time and do something peaceful and relaxing.

If you are like me and you like to scuba dive I want to invite you to step away and enjoy a great time diving the beautiful reefs of Bonaire.  Bonaire is just an all around awesome place to dive.  If you have never been this is more a demand then a request because you simply have to explore the over 100 different dive locations on Bonaire.

One of my favorite things about Bonaire is although you can do boat dives, you don’t have to.  Bonaire offers 24/7 hour shore diving.  You simply pull up, gear up, and get in the water.  I can also say of all the sites I have dove I have not found one that wasn’t amazing in it’s own right.

So if you enjoy diving and need to plan a getaway and leave work behind come join us on our Bonaire trip in February 2018.  I dare you.

https://www.westshorescuba.com/community/events/viewevent/182-bonaire-2018

 

Release Announcement – vRealize Cloud Client 4.3

vRealize CloudClient 4.3

What’s new?

  • Support for the vRealize Automation 7.2 capability to assign all users of a business group to an entitlement or to delete an inactive entitlement.
  • The new vra catalogitem service unassign command enables you to remove a service from a catalog item.
  • CloudClient’s truststore password can now be set by the user. As a result of this update, users may be prompted to accept certificates that were previously accepted in earlier versions of CloudClient.
  • CloudClient 4.3 runs on Java version 1.8. Java 1.7 is no longer supported.

For additional details about this release, please refer to the Release Notes (links below).

Download Details:

Download  https://developercenter.vmware.com/tool/cloudclient/4.3.0
Release Notes http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-cloudclient-43-release-notes.html

Release Announcement – vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2

As you may have guessed along with the release of vRA 7.2 VMware  also release vRealize Business for Cloud 7.2.

What’s New in this release?

  • Enhanced support for AWS via
    • AWS Cloud Watch API Integration
    • Visibility into all AWS regions and services
    • Ability to automatically reconfigure new services
  • Enhanced Reporting via
    • Richer OOTB report with granularity
    • Reconciliation via VM usage report
    • Daily Price report
    • Cloud Business Analysis Report
  • Additional Product Enhancements
    • OOTB Support for network pricing
    • Support additional currencies
    • Support pricing for FT enabled VMs

For more details about this release, please refer to the Release Notes (link below).

 

Download https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRBC-720&productId=605&rPId=13508
Documentation https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-business-for-cloud-pubs.html
Release Notes http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vRBforCloud/72/vRBforCloud-72-release-notes.html

Release Announcement – vRealize Automation vRA 7.2

While I was away on vacation last week it seems VMware had another exciting round of releasing starting with the Release of vRA 7.2.  Probably the most anticipated feature is the new Azure Endpoint.  Although this is a very exciting feature there are some other very exciting enhancements as well.  Enhancements to the API, container support, installation API, and one of my personal favorites Scale out/scale in.

GA date: 22 November 2016

What’s new?

The vRealize Automation 7.2 release includes resolved issues and the following changes:

 

  • Azure endpoint.
  • Configuration API enhancements.
  • Containers.
  • Enhanced installation API.
  • Enhanced upgrade API.
  • Entitlement enhancements:
    • Add all users.
    • Delete inactive enhancements.
  • Import vcd workloads to import vCloud Director workloads.
  • IPAM Framework expansion to allow vendor plug-ins to support on-demand routed networks.
  • Leap support – API & UI to OpenLDAP support.
  • Migration improvements:
    • Migration now accessible from the installation interface.
  • Scale out/scale in for XaaS objects.
  • New EBS events for blueprint components:
    • Pre- and Post- Event for each blueprint component.
    • Before|After request, Before|After Allocation, and so on.
  • Scale out/scale in for XaaS objects.
  • Selectable Algorithm for On-Demand Load Balancers on the blueprint.
  • ServiceNow integration to ITSM tools integration with ServiceNow. Available from Solution Exchange.
  • Service Monitor URL added for HTTPS.

 

Download details:

Download landing page https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRA-720&productId=569&rPId=13853
Release Notes http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-72-release-notes.html
Documentation https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-automation-pubs.html

Release Announcement – vRealize Automation 6.2.5

Still running vRA 6.x, then you will be happy to hear vRA 6.2.5 is now GA and boast some great performance improvements.  See blow for more details.

GA Date:11/17/16

 What’s new?

Enhancements

  • Hotfix Management with toggle feature.
  • SCVMM 2012 R2 support.
  • Enforce lease maximum.
  • Option to hide price and cost with toggle feature.
  • Thick Eager Zeroed disk is supported.
  • Correct Change Owner request status.
  • Display IP address for SCVMM workloads
  • Display correct status for Amazon reconfigure operation.
  • Windows 10 and SLES 12 Guest OS support.
  • Added retry mechanism during failure of catalog resource creation
  • Sync virtual machine description and renaming in vCloud Air to vRealize Automation.
  • Enhanced DEM to avoid crashes.
  • Enhanced telemetry to capture more data: post provisioning, NSX, License, ASD.

Performance Improvements

  • A 70 to 90% gain in vSphere Agent data collection.
  • From 70 to 50 seconds for vCloud DIrector state data collection.
  • From 2 hours to 8 mins for vCloud DIrector inventory data collection in scaled environments.
  • Memory improved for Amazon inventory collection.
  • 50% gain on fabric group listing and actions.

Download Details

            Download Page:                    

https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_automation/6_2

            Release Notes:       

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-625-release-notes.html

Release Announcement – vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5

Whew the last few days have been full of new releases and VMware is not done yet.  I’m not going to spoil anything but I will tell you that the release of vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 is not the last announcement you will be seeing from me.  I anticipate some other exciting news next week.  FOr now check out what’s new in vRO and stay tuned.

GA Date:11/17/16

 What’s new?

vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 is a patch release that introduces a number of improvements and bug fixes.

  • Enhanced workflow logging, including messages that mark the start and the end of the workflow run. In case of failure, the log captures the workflow ID, the request ID, and the exception.
  • Added ability to run a Debugger in the Orchestrator client when the request is generated by an external system, such as vRealize Automation, the vCenter Web Client, or a REST endpoint.
  • Introduced Spanish locale support for the Orchestrator plug-in for vSphere Web Client.

vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 also introduces Control Center, which delivers a more flexible configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting experience. Control Center contains multiple built-in capabilities:

  • Cancel workflow runs
  • vRealize Orchestrator runtime dashboard

Download Details

            Download Page:                    

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VROVA_605&productId=491&rPId=13637

            Release Notes:       

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/orchestrator/vrealize-orchestrator-605-release-notes.html

Release Announcement – vSphere PowerCLI 6.3 Release 1

PowerCLI just got supercharged.  New features in this release include vSAN, Horizon View, VVOLs and more.  Check out below for more details.

For more information on changes made in VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1, including improvements, security enhancements, and deprecated features, see the VMware PowerCLI Change Log. For more information on specific product features, see the VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1 User’s Guide. For more information on specific cmdlets, see the VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1 Cmdlet Reference.

You can find the PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1 download HERE. Get it today!

Detailed Information

PowerCLI Cmdlet Updates

The Core vSphere module has received a number of updates as well as stability and performance improvements. The most notable updates include cmdlets based around VM creation and management. The ‘Move-VM’ cmdlet now supports the ability to vMotion VMs between vCenters which is known as Cross vCenter vMotion. Performing a Cross vCenter vMotion with PowerCLI also allows the VM to traverse between separate SSO domains too! This is something not available with the GUI. The ‘New-VM cmdlet now supports configuring a VM to have a specific number of CPU cores. Then, the ‘Open-VMConsoleWindow’ has been updated to provide access to the latest and greatest version of the VMware Remote Console (VMRC). Lastly, various cmdlets have received updated views to allow access to the new vSphere 6.5 APIs!

Storage Module Updates

The PowerCLI Storage module has been a big focus on this release. A lot of functionality has been added around vSAN, VVOLs, and the handling of virtual disks. The vSAN cmdlets have been bolstered to more than a dozen cmdlets which are focused on the entire lifecycle of a vSAN cluster. The entire vSAN cluster creation process can be automated with PowerCLI as well as running tests, updating the HCL database, and much more!

  • Get-VsanClusterConfiguration
  • Get-VsanDisk
  • Get-VsanDiskGroup
  • Get-VsanFaultDomain
  • Get-VsanResyncingComponent
  • Get-VsanSpaceUsage
  • New-VsanDisk
  • New-VsanDiskGroup
  • New-VsanFaultDomain
  • Remove-VsanDisk
  • Remove-VsanDiskGroup
  • Remove-VsanFaultDomain
  • Set-VsanClusterConfiguration
  • Set-VsanFaultDomain
  • Test-VsanClusterHealth
  • Test-VsanNetworkPerformance
  • Test-VsanStoragePerformance
  • Test-VsanVMCreation
  • Update-VsanHclDatabase

vSphere 6.5 introduces a new way to handle the management of virtual disks. Instead of managing a VM’s hard disks through the VM, they can now be managed independently with new PowerCLI cmdlets. This allows the handling of a virtual disk’s lifecycle to be decoupled from the lifecycle of a VM. This adds a ton of flexibility!

  • Copy-VDisk
  • Get-VDisk
  • Move-VDisk
  • New-VDisk
  • Remove-VDisk
  • Set-VDisk

PowerCLI has been updated to include new cmdlets that allow for the automated management of the VVOL replication features which are new to vSphere 6.5. Some of the new features include finding fault domains and replication groups, syncing replication groups, as well as preparing for and starting the failover process to the target site.

  • Get-SpbmFaultDomain
  • Get-SpbmReplicationGroup
  • Get-SpbmReplicationPair
  • Start-SpbmReplicationFailover
  • Start-SpbmReplicationPrepareFailover
  • Sync-SpbmReplicationGroup

Horizon View Module

A brand-new module has been included to work with VMware Horizon! This has been a long time coming and has finally been released. The module can be installed anywhere and then remotely connect to the Horizon Connection server, a huge improvement over the last offering. Speaking of improvements, the module provides access to 100% of the public API through the Connect-HVServer and Disconnect-HVServer cmdlets. Keep an eye on the PowerCLI-Examples Github repo for functions allowing you to easily work with this module and provide sample code!

PowerCLI Core

As if this release wasn’t enough, PowerCLI Core also has support for the new 6.5 vSphere APIs! This ensures those core vSphere cmdlets and Views are available to other operating systems PowerCLI Core operates on as well!

Unveiling Project Clarity

Unveiling Project Clarity – VMware CTO Blog

Unveiling Project Clarity – VMware CTO Blog

Today we’re ecstatic to announce Project Clarity, a design system that combines UX guidelines, patterns, and front-end code in one solution. Clarity is for the designer and developer in each of us.

Bringing it together — UX, HTML/CSS, and Angular

Clarity’s designs stem from relentless exploration and research. These designs are built into our HTML/CSS components, which can be used in any web UI, regardless of the underlying JavaScript framework. Clarity also offers a set of well-designed and implemented data-bound components built on top of Angular 2, one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks in the industry. Every part of Clarity is now fully open source.

Read the entire article here