VMware vRealize Automation – vRA7–vRealize Orchestrator vRealize Automation plugin 7.0.1 is now released

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.

 

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VMware vRealize Orchestrator – vRO–vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1 has been released and is now live.

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.

 

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vRealize Voice Automation – Amazon Echo and vRA

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.

The goal:

To be able to utilize the Amazon Echo to create, destroy, power on, & off workloads in vRealize Automation

The Solution:

Using the Amazon Alexa skills API we were able to create a new Alexa skill with three intents:

  • Deploy Server
  • Destroy Server
  • Power Server

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.

 
vRVA Commercial
 

 
vRVA Demo
 

VMworld2015 Hands on Labs Open today!!!

VMworld2015 Hands On Labs open today!

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.

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VMware Introduces 24 product releases including the much anticipated vSPhere 6

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.

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