There are lots of reasons to want to export and import blueprints from one vRA instance to another. My current motives are to move blueprints from my vRA 7.2 environment to my newly deployed vRA 7.3 environment. In vRA 7.3 their is a great new free feature available, the Code Stream Management Pack for IT Devops that is free. However if you are running a pre vRA 7.3 environment you may want to get that content from that environment backed up so you can use it in another instance. Cloud Client is a great option.
Many of you are looking to kick the tires on the SovLabs vRO plugins for vRA 7.3, but don’t know where to begin. If that’s you, then you are in luck. In this article I’m going to walk you through everything you need to know to install the plugin. Before we begin please make sure you have visited the SovLabs Trial registration site so you have the installation bits and a trial key.
Patching vRA 7.3
Before we just go an drop in the plugin we need to prepare vRA. To do this we must first apply two hotfixes. One for the vRA appliance and one for vRO.
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.
|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.|
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.
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 its 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.
vRealize CloudClient 4.3
- 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).
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).
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
The vRealize Automation 7.2 release includes resolved issues and the following changes:
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.
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:
- Cancel workflow runs
- vRealize Orchestrator runtime dashboard