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 has a great UI for provisioning VM’s, but with developers needing infrastructure on demand and wanting to have the ability for continuous integration. With the new and updated vRA API’s you can now easily code your own deployment scripts or recipes and integrate with your own run books and still get the the governance and lifecycle management that vRA has to offer. Continue reading “VMware vRealize Automation – vRA7 – Infrastructure as Code (IaC)”
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.
Looking to prepare a Windows template for use with vRA7? Want to utilize the vRA Guest Agent as well as Software Components? Great! The very talented Gary Coburn has built a package that will it all for you. If you have ever prepped an image for use with vRA 6 or even vRA 7 you know it’s sort of a pain especially if you are like me and don’t like to read the documentation line by line. The first time I prepared a guest I figured ah this is simple I’ll just go and do it. Well that didn’t turn out to well. I had anticipated putting together an article on how to do it when a co-working on my team at VMware Gary Coburn built an awesome script that just does it all for you.
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.
If you haven’t looked at Code Stream, you may want to now. Code Stream as you may or may not know is VMware’s DevOps product, but what you may not know is that with this management pack it adds some features to your vRA deployment that you may be interested in. Now this isn’t totally new it is in version 2.0 as you can see. The management pack allows you to utilize Code Stream to automate the SDDC lifecycle of templates, blueprints, workflows, dashboards, scripts and more within vRA. This is pretty cool right. If you want to use a blueprint for two tenants your can automate the lifecycle of these blueprints which I think is awesome.
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.
vRealize Automation 7.0.1 is the first maintenance release for the new vRA 7.x release. The release provides fixes in many areas, however it is primarily focused on vRA lifecycle. Fixes include Installation and Upgrade, Licensing, Enterprise Readiness, Performance and Scale. If you have made the leap to vRA7 or are starting out on vRA7 it is recommend that you install this maintenance release and take advantage of the benefits and fixes it provides. Stay tuned for more details on the fixes and what they will mean to you.
Folks this truly is an amazing leap forward for the vRA platform. Just look at the list of new features below, which is not a complete list of all there is with this release. Keep checking back for informative step-by-step articles as well as updated versions of our workflow packages to be published by the end of this month.
vRealize Automation 7.0 is a cutting edge release which provides an industry lead cloud automation solution to our customers. With the streamlined installation wizard, simplified SSO configuration, integrated graphical infrastructure and application blueprint authoring and deployment capabilities, and many other new enhancements, customers will be able to maximize their return on investment by extremely shortened time to value for cloud service delivery.
Following are some of the new features:
Streamlined and Automated Wizard-based Installation
Introduces management agent to automate the installation of Windows components and to collect logs
Automates the deployment of all vRealize Automation components
Installation wizards based on deployment needs: Minimal (Express) and Enterprise (Distributed) Installations
Simplified Deployment Architecture and High Availability Configuration
Embedded authentication service by using VMware Identity Manager
Converged Application Services in vRealize Automation Appliance
Reduced minimal number of appliances for HA configuration
Automated embedded PostgreSQL clustering with manual failover
This is for all you MacBook users out there. If you are like me and run a VM to use the VMRC console, well those days are over. VMware Remote Console 7.1 for mac was released yesterday!
Last October, VMware announced the release of the first standalone VMware Remote Console application for Windows. Yesterday, VMware went live with the first-ever VMware Remote Console (VMRC) for Mac OS. Until the end of last year, VMRC has been a plug-in component in the web clients of vSphere, vCloud Director, and vRealize Automation. Until this release of VMRC for Mac, customers on Mac clients were limited to using a basic HTML console and a plugin-based device control.
Google has scheduled the deprecation of the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) in Chrome browsers in September 2015, which will stop the legacy VMware Remote Console plug-in in web clients from functioning. VMware will continue to add VMRC support for different platforms so that customers will have plugin-independent access to VM console functionality and operations, as well as client device connections to VMs on remote ESXi hosts.
VMRC can be launched directly from vSphere web client versions 5.5u2b and 6.0, as well as URLs specifying ESXi host and VM information. The application supports Mac OS 10.8 and up.
You can find the VMware Remote Console (VMRC) for Mac Download here.