In this article, we are going to create a vRA8 blueprint that utilizes the OneFuse IPAM module to provide IPAM integration for provisioned workloads. We won’t just be supplying IP information to vRA8 in this example, OneFuse will determine the network placement as well. We will have a future article on using intelligent placement decisions and dynamic assignments within OneFuse as well as using vRA to drive network placement with OneFuse using vRA network profiles and constraint tags.Continue reading “vRA8 with OneFuse: IPAM Integration”
In this article we are going to add OneFuse DNS support to a vRA8 blueprint. If you have been following my previous articles you probably have an idea of how this is going to work. We are going to build upon the examples from previous articles by leveraging the same blueprint that we created in the article “vRA8 with OneFuse: IPAM integration”.
By the end of this article, we will have a blueprint that leverages OneFuse to generate a name, assign Network/IP Address as well as create DNS records for the deployed machine. Although these examples are simple and static, they are setting the foundation for future articles where we will dive into creating more flexible and dynamic blueprints.Continue reading “vRA8 with OneFuse: DNS Integration”
In this article, I’m going to demonstrate how easy it is to install the OneFuse workflow package into vRA8. Once the workflow package is installed you will be able to take advantage of all that OneFuse has to offer within vRA8.Continue reading “Installing the OneFuse Workflow Package into vRA8”
Yes you read the title correct. Cloudbolt is now giving away the Property Toolkit capability that is part of OneFuse for FREE. If you are not familiar with the OneFuse or its Property Toolkit capabilities below are some links to help get you familiar:
The OneFuse Property Toolkit is the Swiss army knife of the OneFuse Platform. It can be used in many different ways to assist you in meeting your automation needs. It can be used to simplify configurations, define business logic as configuration, build simple logic or tackle the most complex problems. In its simplest form its meta-data that can be used as a reference offering simple name value pairs that can be used as a reference for decision making. In its most powerful form it can contain logic, decision trees, platform abstractions, and much more.
It’s a blank canvas waiting to solve the needs of any organization. A common use for the Property Toolkit is to centrally define organizational business logic as configuration that can be used to standardize across different tools allowing you to centralize your business logic and maintain standards across the organization.
Stay tuned for more articles on how you can use this awesome free capability to help achieve your automation goals.
In the “Getting Started with the OneFuse Property Toolkit” article we looked at ways the property toolkit can be leveraged to help standardize configurations across platforms. We also look at a few of the capabilities that it offers. In this article we are going to look at some of the ways the Property Toolkit can be utilized within vRA8.Continue reading “vRA with OneFuse: Property Toolkit”
The OneFuse Property Toolkit is the Swiss army knife of the OneFuse Platform
The OneFuse Property Toolkit is the Swiss army knife of the OneFuse Platform. It can be used in many different ways to assist you in meeting your automation needs. It can be used to simplify configurations, define business logic as configuration, build simple logic or tackle the most complex problems. In its simplest form its meta-data that can be used as a reference offering simple name value pairs that can be used as a reference for decision making. In its most powerful form it can contain logic, decision trees, platform abstractions, and much more.Continue reading “Getting Started with OneFuse Property Toolkit”
In this article we are going to walk through using OneFuse to name a deployed machine in vRA8. To do this we will create a new blueprint within vRA8 and call upon the OneFuse to name it using the naming policy we created as part of “Creating a OneFuse Naming Policy ”.
By the end of this article we will have created a blueprint that will deploy a vSphere machine that is named using the OneFuse Naming module. While this will be a simple example we will build upon this in later articles to showcase the advanced capabilities offered by OneFuse as a platform.Continue reading “vRA8 with OneFuse: Custom Naming”
SovLabs has been busy developing a tool that is intended to analyse your vRealize Automation 7 environment and provide helpful feedback on areas where you can optimize. The tool collects data on dozens of vRealize Automation 7 constructs such as number of blueprints, types of blueprints, number of business groups, network profiles, reservations, etc. and looks for key indicators to see if there is room for optimization. It also goes a step further and looks for items that could create challenges when customers are looking to migrate to vRealize Automation 8.
The goal here is to optimize your vRealize Automation 7 environments before adopting vRealize Automation 8. We all acknowledge that vRealize Automation 7 will be around for at least another 18-24 months – if not longer. Even if you are making the move to vRealize Automation 8 today, you will likely still be maintaining your vRealize Automation 7 environments alongside for some time to come. By optimizing your vRealize Automation 7 environments you will be reducing the maintenance overhead required for your current environment while also making it easier to migrate and adopt your solution on vRealize Automation 8. The more aligned the two instances are, the simpler it will be to maintain both environments side by side.
The best part is it’s free, yes that is correct I said free. You simply register at https://www.sovlabs.com/vrealize-automation-optimization-assessment and, once registered, a member of the SovLabs team will reach out to assist you with the data collection. The data is done using a vRO workflow that produces a JSON output. The data that is collected is non-identifying or sensitive so you don’t have to worry. The data collected is also presented in plain text so you can review the data before you send it back to Sovlabs for analysis. If you have more than one vRealize Automation 7 environment you can run the collector for each environment and then zip all the files together for upload.
Once data collection is complete, you then head over to https://optimize.sovlabs.com/ and upload your results file. From there the folks at SovLabs will take the result, run it through their analysis tool and produce a report detailing all the areas where you can optimize your vRealize Automation 7 environment(s). A SovLabs technical representative will reach out to schedule a time to go over the report and send you a copy. Whether you are looking to Optimize your vRealize Automation 7 environment or gain some insight into your pending vRealize Automation 8 migration, the SovLabs Optimization and Upgrade Assessment provides great information and insights to help plan and prepare your automation path.
In Part 1 of this two-part series on the vRealize Automation Migration Assessment Tool, we looked at the vRA8 migration tool to see how it might help you plan your migration from vRA7 to vRA8. In this article, we are going to look at what it will take to migrate your custom workflows from vRA7 to vRA8. To start, we will explore what a custom workflow looks like to day in vRA7.
vRA7 Workflow Components
In vRA7, there are a number of components that come together to make the magic happen. Each component plays a vital role in how you design, build, and invoke your customizations.
The event broker was introduced in vRA7 to make it easier to trigger the workflow stubs that existed within the IaaS server. These stubs were always there, but only a handful were accessible and they were not easy to configure. The Event Broker also introduced a more granular way to decide when a workflow should or should not be executed. Although the event broker has dozens of events you could subscribe to the following were the most commonly used:
- Machine Requested
- Building Machine
- Machine Provisioned
- Machine Activated
- Machine Destroyed
Many of these states included a pre and a post execution allowing you to decide if you wanted to execute your workflow before of after vRA’s execution of that state. These states that are the core of vRA7 extensibility no longer exist in vRA8. vRA8 is a completely new platform, written from the ground up, and no longer includes the IaaS host that controlled all of these states in vRA7.
Welcome to Part 2 of 2 of our “First Impressions” of vRA8 article. In Part 1, we discussed what’s new, good, not so good, and really good about Documentation and Tagging in vRA8. Below, we discuss ABX and policies, which are both very new and very different in vRA8.
Action Based Extensibility (ABX), vRealize Orchestrator and Extensibility
ABX is the new extensibility offering packaged with vRA8 (in addition to vRealize Orchestrator) that uses a FaaS provider (AWS, Azure and On Prem offered today) to provide extensibility for the new platform. As someone who has spent countless hours working with vRO, ABX is probably one of the more intriguing announcements surrounding vRA8.
One of the things that I am impressed with right out of the gate is that the ABX action runs show you the code that was used as well as the payload that was passed for use in the action. In fact, both Orchestrator and ABX runs can be monitored directly from the Cloud Assembly UI. No more having to log in to a separate interface to see what is happening with your extensibility. This methodology makes troubleshooting much more accessible.