vRA 7.3 – Configuring SovLabs Custom Naming Module

Many of you have utilized the Custom Hostname module that has been made available by Tom Bonanno here on Dailyhypervisor.  Those that use have probably noticed that it is no longer maintained.  This is because there are supportable modules available like the one I’m writing about now by SovLabs.  The Sovlabs module offers more flexibility and is a supported product making it a best of breed solution for this task.  Whats even better is their is a common framework that exists within the SovLabs platform that greatly extends the capabilities of each module.  More of the framework to come.  For now let’s go ahead and configure the custom hostname module.

Within the SovLabs custom naming module hostnames are broken in to two parts.  A Naming Sequence and a Naming Standard.

Naming Sequences

Naming sequences are exactly exactly what they sound like.  They basically define how are we going to sequence the names that are created.  Sounds basic right?  Well SovLabs has taken sequencing to a whole new level.  Most of you are probably familiar with using a standard decimal based sequence that might look like host001, host002, and so on.  SovLabs has added the ability to use HexaDecimal, Octal, and Pattern based sequences for your naming needs.  Pattern based sequences are insanely powerful.   Pattern naming sequences can contain Decimal, HexaDecimal, Octal, Binary, and Alpha.  Below are an examples of what you can achieve with Pattern Based naming sequences:
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vRA 7.3 – Installing and configuring vRA plugin for ITSM – ServiceNow – Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1 of this article you will want to go back and read it before you proceed. In part 2 we will build on the installation that we performed in part 1. Let’s just dig right in and get started.

How this integration works

Configuring the integration to use native vRA authentication requires the user to login to ServiceNow and vRA both. When the user logs into ServiceNow they are redirected to the vRA Login page and was logged in they are then redirected back to ServiceNow. This allows requests the user makes to be passed to vRA as that user. The main difference between this and the SAML (ADFS) integration is the user only need to login to vRA the very first time they use it and never again as the user is auto-magically logged in to vRA in the background using the SAML token. This is a great option for testing the integration without having to touch your Identity Management configuration.

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vRA 7.3–Installing and configuring vRA plugin for ITSM–ServiceNow–Part 1

It seems like everyone these days wants to use ServiceNow as their catalog for vRA.  It use to be that everyone just wanted to create or update CI records.  Before I get into the weeds on how to get vRA and ServiceNow talking together I wanted to take a few minutes to discuss the integration, the pros, the cons, and it’s limitation.

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Using the vRA Cloud Client to export and import blueprints

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.

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Installing the SovLabs vRO plugin for vRealize Automation 7.3

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.

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Release Announcement – vRealize Cloud Client 4.3

vRealize CloudClient 4.3

What’s new?

  • 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).

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Release Announcement – VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.0.0

GA Date: November 15, 2016

 

What’s New?

  • General
    • vSphere 6.5 compatibility.
    • System notification enhancements.
    • Support for custom SSL certificates in the vCenter Server edition.
    • Support for Spanish locale(ES).
  • UI Features
    • New overall User Interface based on the VMware Clarity standard.
    • New speedometer-like Gauge Chart type for event count visualizations.
    • New Admin Alert Management tool and UI to view and manage all user alerts.
    • New filter called Does Not Exist to find events that do not contain some specified field.
    • Support for Datastore Device ID-to-name aliasing in event queries and results.
    • New “blur” on session timeout.
  • Server Features
    • Support for Syslog octet-framing over TCP.
    • Defined REST APIs for installing Log Insight servers and clusters.
    • Support for time ranges with Event Type alert queries.
  • Agent and Importer Features
    • SLES 11 SP3 and SLES 12 SP1 are supported for Linux agents.
    • The dateext (daily extension) option of logrotate is now supported.
    • SSL for the vRealize Log Insight agent is now enabled by default.
  • Content Pack Features
    • Users can now subscribe to content pack alerts that allow automated updates inline with the associated content pack.
  • Changed Behavior
    • New Agent installations have SSL enabled by default. Previously, Agent installs defaulted to SSL off. Upgrading does not affect current SSL settings.
    • New event forwarder destinations now default to verifying SSL certificates. Previously, SSL certificates were not verified by default. Upgrading does not affect current settings.
    • vRealize Log Insight for vCenter now allows you to change SSL settings.
    • For content pack alerts instantiated in 4.0, content pack updates now automatically update alert definitions. If needed, you can preserve customizations by exporting them and then importing them back into the user profile after the update is applied.
Download Landing Pagehttps://my.vmware.com/en/group/vmware/get-download?downloadGroup=VRLI-400&productId=598&rPId=12336
Documentation Landinghttps://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/log-insight-pubs.html
Release Noteshttp://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/LogInsight/40/log-insight-40-release-notes.html

Release Announcement – vRealize Business 7.2

vRealize Business 7.2 – What’s New

OOTB Reporting Enhancements
  • New OOTB Cloud Business Analysis Report (VOA) – Gives you a complete view into your environment within minutes of setting up the product
  • Daily Price Report
  • Reconciliation via VM Usage report
  • Time-base granular reporting
  • New easy to find reports under the reporting menu
SDDC Suite Readiness
  • Disaster Recovery Improvements – vSphere Replication and Disaster Recovery with Site Recovery Manager
  • API Improvements You can now Install vRBC via API
  • API available for Import/Export of configuration
  • vSphere 6.5 Support while staying backwards compatible with 5.0 / 5.5.
  • Support for vSphere Tags

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