New author and guest authors on dailyhypervisor

I’m happy to inform everyone that dailyhypervisor has a new author that will be bringing you some great cloud management content.  Chris Lennon a very talented individual on the VMware National Software Defined Enterprise Solution Engineering Team.  Chris has expert knowledge in vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations,  vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Configuration manager, and more.   You can check out Chris’s bio here.

Dailyhypervisor is also getting some new guest bloggers as well.  I would like to also welcome Gary Coburn and Paul Gifford as guest bloggers who will also be posting articles related to cloud automation and the software defined datacenter.  Look for some great new content to from these great new contributors.

VMware vRealize Automation – vRA7–vRA 7.0.1 has been released and is live on VMware.com

 

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.

 

Download Link

Documentation

Release Notes

VMware vRealize Automation 7–vRA7–Performing a “Minimal deployment” Installation

In this article I’m going to walk you through performing a minimal deployment of vRA7.  Please keep in mind vRA7 is not GA as of the writing in this article and the GA version could have some differences.  Once it is released and you have downloaded the vRA7 appliance follow the below steps for performing a “minimal deployment”.

Before you Begin

Before you start there are a few things you will need:

  • A server running a supported version of Windows.  (I’m running WIndows Server 2012 R2).
  • Configure NTP Time sync on windows server. (Instructions inline below)
  • A Microsoft SQL server for the IaaS database.
  • Configure the MS SQL server with the proper MSDTC security settings. (Instructions inline below)

Deploy the Appliance

The first thing you are going to need to do is deploy the appliance to your vSphere environment.  I’m not going to walk through the OVA deployment in this article.  If you need information in regards to deploying the appliance you can refer to the following article:

Refer to the section “Importing the vCAC 6.0 Virtual Appliance OVA to vCenter” in article vCloud Automation Center – vCAC 6.0 – Installing the vCAC 6.0 IaaS Server

Performing the Installation

1. Navigate to https://{vra7VAIPAdddress}:5480

    1. Once there login as user “root” with the password you set during the appliance deployment.  Once you login a new window will appear to start the guided installation.  Select “Next” to begin.

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2. Accept the agreement and select “Next”.

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3. Select “Minimal Deployment” and select “Next”.

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4. On this step you are presented with a file download.  You will now need to download the agent installation and install the deployment agent on the Windows IaaS host.  If you do not have a Windows IaaS host prepared you can deploy it now and simply install the agent once completed.  I have deployed a Windows 2012 R2 host for this example.

vRA Management Agent Setup

    1. If your server is not already setup to use NTP configure NTP time services on the server.  Youc an do this using the following command from PowerSHell.

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:pool.ntp.org /syncfromflags:MANUAL
Stop-Service w32time
Start-Service w32time

  1. Launch the “vCAC-IaaSManagementAgent-Setup” file on your WIndows IaaS host and select “Next” to continue.
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  2. Accept the terms and select “Next”.
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  3. If needed change the path otherwise select “Next” to continue.
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  4. Input the GQDN of the vRA7 appliance in the format https://{vRA7VA_FQDN}:5480, then input the username for root and the password set during the vRA7 VA ovf deployment.  Finally load the certificate, confirm it is correct and select “Next”.
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  5. Next specify the account username and password the service should run as.  The account need to have admin privileges on the windows IaaS host and select “Next”.
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  6. Select “Install”
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  7. Once installation finished select “Finish” and then return to the vRA7 Installation wizard.
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5. Once you return to the vRA7 Installation Wizard you will now see your IaaS host listed along with it’s Time Offset in seconds.  If the time offset is more than 600 seconds the wizard will not let you continue until it is resolved.  From what I can tell it looks like the wizard will update the Time Offset every 3 minutes.  Select “Next” to continue.

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6. Next select “Run” to run the pre-req checker on the IaaS host.

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7.  If you are like me I deployed a Windows server and did not complete any of the pre-reqs manually.  In this case the prerequisite checker will come back with “SOme prerequisites are not met.  If you want to review the failed prerequisites you can select “Show Details”.  Select “Fix” to have the wizard complete the prerequisites for you.

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8. Once the Wizard finished setting up the prerequisites the status will show “OK”.  You can show the details if you like and then select “Next” to continue.

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9. Next input or select Resolve Automatically the hsotname in FQDN format of the vRA7 appliance.  Select “Next” to continue.

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10. Next set the password for the single sign on admin account and select “Next” to continue.

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11. Next we need to set the FQDN of the IaaS host as well as specific a windows domain account to use for the installation of the IaaS components.  Then set an encryption passphrase for the IaaS database.  Once set select “Next” to continue.

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12. Now we need to specify the Microsoft SQL server to be utilized for the IaaS server., the database name and the authentication type to be used.  Please also note that if you haven’t already you need to make sure that the MSDTC configuration on the SQL server is properly configured under Component Services –> Distributed Transaction Coordinator.  When finished select “Next” to continue.  (Note you can also use the validate button to validate the configuration at this point.)

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13. Now we need to verify the DEM configuration.  You can add additional DEM’s if you like, however this is not necessary for a minimal installation the defaults here should be fine.

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14. Next we need to configure the agents to be installed.  When the page loads there are defaults already populated for a vSphere agent.  Please remember to note whatever you choose to use for the “Endpoint” as we will need this later.  If you only need a vSphere agent then you don’t need to change anything.  If you need to add additional agents you can select the green + sign to add additional agents.  Select “Next” to continue when finished.

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15. Now we can either Generate or import a certificate for the vRA7 Appliance.  I’m going to generate a new certificate since I don’t have a certificate server up and running.   If generating select “Generate Certificate, fill out the reqired info and select “Save Generated Certificate”.  Once completed select “Next” to continue.

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16. Next we need to do the same for a Web Certificate for the IaaS webserver.  Select “Next” when finished.

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17.  And one last time for the Manager Service Certificate.  You will notice that because the Manager Service and the IaaS webserver are on the same host it automagically uses the same certificate, however if we were to split them up in a distributed installation another certificate would be needed.

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18.  Next the wizard will validate everything we have told it.  This process can take some time so select “Validate” and go refill your coffee.

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Notice there are two DEM’s being validated.  Both an orchestrator and manager DEM.  The installation automagically accounts for the orchestrator because it knows it is required.  You will also notice that I have two proxy agents and you may only have one.  This is because I added a second agent to for another use.

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19. Once validation is finished select “Next” to continue.

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20.  You now have the option to snapshot the the VM’s being used in case something goes wrong.  Once you snapshots are finished select “Next” to continue.

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21. Once you select “Next” above the installation will begin.  Go to lunch for this one it may take up to 30 minutes or a little longer.

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22. Once the installation finishes you can then input your license key.  Select “Submit Key”  and then select “Next” to continue.

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23. Choose your customer experience settings and select “Next” when finished.

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24. Congratulation, you have successfully installed vRA7.

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VMworld2015 Hands on Labs Open today!!!

VMworld2015 Hands On Labs open today!

Don’t forget to stop by the Hands On Labs and check out some of this years awesome labs that are available.  Last night we had the lab burn in and they are open to day.  There are labs for just about everything you can imagine.  Not sure what lab is right for you, that’s fine stop by and chat with some subject matter experts that will help you determine which lab is the right fit for you.    There are roughly 350 terminals in the HOL this year along with a customer connect area where you can BYOD to connect.  If that was not enough there are 4 expert led breakout rooms where you can reserve a spot and attend expert led sessions on the various technologies.

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VMware Remote Console 7.1 for MAC is now available

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.

VMware Introduces 24 product releases including the much anticipated vSPhere 6

Yesterday VMware was very busy announcing the release of over 2 dozen product which included two new products to the market these two new additions to the VMware portfolio are:

VMware Integrated Openstack – That’s right it’s out and it’s available now for you to download.
VMware Software Manager 1.0 – This probably not as exciting as VIO, but it will come in handy for finding, selecting, and downloading the content needed to install or upgrade a VMware Suite.

Below is a list of all the products released yesterday including links to their downloads, documentation, and release notes for your convenience.

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vRealize Automation – vRA 6.2.1 is now available!!!!!

Today VMware released vRealize Automation (vRA) formerly known as vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) version 6.2.1.  In the release there is several bug fixes and one enhancement.  The enhancement however is one that you may be very interested in.

Remote Console is back! – Remote Console Capabilities for Machines Provisioned with vSphere: Secure remote console capabilities for machines provisioned with vSphere are implemented in this release by means of WebMKS (HTML 5 console) through a console proxy.

To get the latest bits and check it out go to:

vRealize Automation 6.2: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_automation/6_2

vRealize Code Stream 1.1.0 has been released

Version 1.1.0 of vRelize Code Stream has been released today.  For those who are not familiar vRealize Code Stream is a release automation tool for continuos integration / continuos development environments allowing for a rapid development, testing, and provisioning of environments.

New features in this latest release include:

Getting Started Tab – Provide step-by-step instructions on how to do initial vRCS configuration and create a release pipeline with the help of videos and documentation.

Release Pipeline Modeling Enhancements – Drag & Drop Stages and Tasks, Copy Tasks and Cancel pipeline execution.

Simplified Endpoint Registration Support for Jenkins server and vRealize Automation server.

Enhanced vRealize Automation, Script & Artifact Management tasks

Improved Troubleshooting – pipeline execution comparison, log collection and viewing 

Import/Export APIs – REST APIs to import and export pipeline template. 

Support for international characters sets in pipeline templates and pipeline execution data

Minor Release Dashboard enhancements

Download and documentation links are below:

Download Landing Page: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management/vmware_vrealize_code_stream/1_0

Documentation Landing Page: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrcs-pubs.html

Release notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/codestream/doc/vrealize-code-stream-10-release-notes.html

vRealize Code Stream Product web page: https://www.vmware.com/products/vrealize-code-stream

vRealize Code Stream – vRCS 1.x – Connecting Jenkins to Artifactory

So far I have covered how to setup Git, Eclipse, Jenkins, Code Stream, and a little Artifactory.  We have Eclipse checking code into Git and Jenkins pulling the code and simply building it into a tar.gz file.  We also have Code Stream setup to use Artifactory and established the means by which Code Stream will talk to Jenkins, but we are still missing some pieces we need before we can really dig into how to use Code Stream.  I know this may seem a bit confusing, but I promise it will all make sense very soon.

We now need to connect Jenkins to Artifactory.  Why you ask?  We are going to connect Jenkins to Artifactory so it can publish the tar,gz file as an artifact in the Artifactory repository.  We need to do this so we can later have code stream pull it from Artifactory.  the cool part is not only can we utilize this artifact with Code Stream, but it can be used with out solutions as well like vRealize Application Services if we wanted.  Ok let’s not get to far ahead.  In this article we are simply going to connect Jenkins to Artifactory and modify our build to publish the tar.gz file as an artifact to a repository.

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vRealize Code Stream – vRCS 1.x – Installation and Configuration

For those of you who are fortunate enough to be able to get a trial for Code Stream this article will walk you through the installation and initial configuration of the product.  Code stream as the name suggest is part of the vRealize product line and shares the same identity appliance and virtual appliance as vRealize Automation.  Because of this I will be referring to articles I have already written for portions of the installation in an effort to not re-invent the wheel.

Installing vRealize Code Stream

1. For instructions on how to install the vRealize Code Stream Identity Appliance please see Installing the vCAC 6.0 Identity Server.

*Note – The instructions in the above referenced article may vary slightly from vRCS 6.0 identity appliance, however it should be close enough that you should not have any issues following along.

It is recommended that you configure the Active Directory settings in the Identity Applaince which is not covered in the above post, but is straight forward.

2. For instructions on how to install the vRealize Code Stream Virtual Appliance please see Installing the vCAC 6.0 Virtual Appliance.

*Note – The instructions in the above referenced article may vary slightly from the vRCS Virtual Appliance, however it should be close enough that you should not have any issues following along.

On step 21 input the Code Stream License Key instead of the vRA license key, or both if you like.

3. For instructions on how to setup Tenants in vRealize Code Stream please see Adding Tenants in vRealize Autoamtion 6.x.

On step 7 you will not be able to add a user to the “Infrastructure Administrator” role as that is a construct of vRealize Automation.  If you are running code stream and vRealize Automation on the same virtual appliance you can add users/groups to this role.

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