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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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

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.

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