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.
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:
Many of you may have already seen the news, but I like to create a roll up to make it easy to see what’s been newly released. Yesterday Tuesday August 23rd 2016 VMware released a number of much awaited Management product updates. See below for a breakdown of the updates per product.
vRealize Automation 7.1
vRealize Automation 7.1 is optimized for growing clouds thanks to significant improvements in the automated installation experience.
vRealize Automation 7.1 continue simplifying the primarily and secondary setup process by adding ability to automate the setup process among similar deployments leveraging the new Silent Installer. Cloud Admins are now able to scale out existing vRealize deployment by adding more vRA components and manage them automatically though the new Command Line(CLI) interface.
vRA 7.1 release is also equipped with a brand new Migration tool which allows you to perform safe and sound side by side upgrade (migration) existing vRealize Automation systems 6.2.X to the latest and greatest release. During the migration process the source production environment remains intact which guarantees a minimum downtime of the production environment.
You might read the title and think to yourself ‘Why would I want to use vRO with Wink?” Well there are a number of reasons. I created this because being an automation specialist I thought it would be cool to automate my home. When I started down this path I got a wink hub, a smartthing hub, a philips hue hub, Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Openers, Kwickset locks, Leviton & GE switches, Light Bulbs, a Smappee Energy, Water, & Gas Monitor, Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, EcoBee, Ring doorbell, Canary, Harmony Hub, and a number of other hubs, devices, and sensors. As I started my project I realized on their own non of these products do a great job at automation. Sure you can control things via na app, but I want more than that. I don’t just want automation either, I want intelligent automation.
A simple example: I want my door locks to be locked after a defined period of time being unlocked. Well sure I can create a rule or robot that say lock door after x time, but that’s lacking intelligence. Maybe I want to lock the door only if it is closed. Non of these systems can do that. However with vRO I can create a workflow that locks the door and checks the door sensor to determine if it is opened or closed and if it’s closed, lock the door, if not check again in x period of time until it can be locked.
Another example: I park my vehicle in the garage. I like to remote start my vehicle in the winter to warm it up. I would sometimes forget to open my garage door then start my vehicle. With vRO I can mount a Nest Protect on my garage door right behind my exhaust and set a rule that if CO is detected, open the garage door. Alternatively I can use a OBDLink hooked up to my vehicle computer and through Dash determine if my vehicle is running and trigger garage door to open. You get the idea.
Over the weekend Roman, Grant, John and I released a significant update to the platypus project, which is essentially a very simple and elegant way to provide a Swagger based documentation of several VMware Products. This project started out by providing a quick way to consume the vRealize Automation 7 API, but it has grown a healthy set of legs.
vRA 7 introduced a number of new and very useful features such as unified blueprints, software components, event broker, and others. The event broker however has proven itself to be one of the most power new features we have seen in some time. How so you ask? Well if you have been working with vRA for any period of time you will remember the old way of triggering external workflow executions such as those run by vRO. If you have been using vRA for a really long time you will remember back before vRO when vRA wasn’t even vRA and run nothing but .Net workflows, but we won’t go back that far.
OK not too much on this one. If you wan to upgrade vRA to 7.0.1 and you want to use the plug-in in vRO 7.0 or 7.0.1 you will need this. That’s basically it. Just don’t forget you need this if you are upgrading and if you are doing a fresh install and are using a non embedded vRO server.
You will soon see the theme in all the releases that have been released today. Earlier I posted that vRA 7.0.1 was released and of course vRA and vRO are tightly tied so it seems obvious they would release an updated vRO as well. vRO 7.0.1 is a patch release. What’s the difference between and maintenance release and a patch release? Yeah I don’t know either. What I do know is it introduces some improvements, bug fixes, and resolved a very important issue that you may have seen with vRO. Issue CVE-2015-7547 “glibc getaddrinfo() stack-based buffer overflow”. For more information see the Resolved Issues.
Last week we had our “TechSummit” and VMware and as part of the event their was a hackathon where team or individuals could sign-up and enter a cool integration into the competition. In the true spirit of a hackathon Tom Bonanno and I decided to do something cool. That something we named vRealize Voice Automation.
To be able to utilize the Amazon Echo to create, destroy, power on, & off workloads in vRealize Automation
Using the Amazon Alexa skills API we were able to create a new Alexa skill with three intents:
These intents combined with what Amazon calls Utterances allow us to take the speech input and determine variables within the speak for items like “blueprint” or “hostname”. That we then could use. The input taken from the Alexa API is then sent to some node.js code that is hosted on Amazon Lambda where we looked at the intent that was called and the variable values associated with and we then make a Rest API call to VMware vRealize Orchestrator invoke a workflow and pass the parameters to it as inputs. From there vRO talks to vRA and success.
It is certainly a cool solution, but remember the Alexa doesn’t always hear what you want it to hear and that can be catastrophic if your performing a destroy operation as you will see in the following videos.
Below are two videos. One is a commercial that was made for our hackathon entry and the other is a demonstration of the integration in action and a bit more on how we did it.
Don’t forget to stop by the Hands On Labs and check out some of this years awesome labs that are available. Last night we had the lab burn in and they are open to day. There are labs for just about everything you can imagine. Not sure what lab is right for you, that’s fine stop by and chat with some subject matter experts that will help you determine which lab is the right fit for you. There are roughly 350 terminals in the HOL this year along with a customer connect area where you can BYOD to connect. If that was not enough there are 4 expert led breakout rooms where you can reserve a spot and attend expert led sessions on the various technologies.
Yesterday VMware was very busy announcing the release of over 2 dozen product which included two new products to the market these two new additions to the VMware portfolio are:
VMware Integrated Openstack – That’s right it’s out and it’s available now for you to download. VMware Software Manager 1.0 – This probably not as exciting as VIO, but it will come in handy for finding, selecting, and downloading the content needed to install or upgrade a VMware Suite.
Below is a list of all the products released yesterday including links to their downloads, documentation, and release notes for your convenience.