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.
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.
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.
|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.|
While I was away on vacation last week it seems VMware had another exciting round of releasing starting with the Release of vRA 7.2. Probably the most anticipated feature is the new Azure Endpoint. Although this is a very exciting feature there are some other very exciting enhancements as well. Enhancements to the API, container support, installation API, and one of my personal favorites Scale out/scale in.
GA date: 22 November 2016
The vRealize Automation 7.2 release includes resolved issues and the following changes:
Many of you may have already seen the news, but I like to create a roll up to make it easy to see what’s been newly released. Yesterday Tuesday August 23rd 2016 VMware released a number of much awaited Management product updates. See below for a breakdown of the updates per product.
vRealize Automation 7.1
vRealize Automation 7.1 is optimized for growing clouds thanks to significant improvements in the automated installation experience.
vRealize Automation 7.1 continue simplifying the primarily and secondary setup process by adding ability to automate the setup process among similar deployments leveraging the new Silent Installer. Cloud Admins are now able to scale out existing vRealize deployment by adding more vRA components and manage them automatically though the new Command Line(CLI) interface.
vRA 7.1 release is also equipped with a brand new Migration tool which allows you to perform safe and sound side by side upgrade (migration) existing vRealize Automation systems 6.2.X to the latest and greatest release. During the migration process the source production environment remains intact which guarantees a minimum downtime of the production environment.
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.
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.
FIlter vRealize Automation 6.2 has been released. This release although not a Major Version packs a pretty powerful punch. It’s loaded with new features and enhancements that you are all going to want. This release aims to add some features that solve some basic challenges that have been seen by many of you running the product in your production environments. Here is a breakdown of what is new in this release:
- vCloud Air EndPoint with support for Proxy Servers with vCloud Air
- Configurable email tempaltes
- Calendar of Events
- Use IaaS custom properties within Application Services (Application Services)
- Support for CloudFoundry as a deployment target (Application Services)
- vRealize Operations Integration including health badges in vRA Portal.
- XenDesktop 7.x Support
- Support for OpenStack Havana
- Ability to edit Custom Properties during approval time
- Scheduler for reconfigure operations
- Ability to change lease times to indefinite
- Enhanced Event and Audit Logging
- Log Bundle tool
- VM Disk Support for up to 60 disks (Previously 15)
- Improved Rest API
- API for Reservation Management
- Better control for DB log rollover
- Swap Space Custom Property to account for swap space on disk
- Filter Catalog by Business Groups
- Enhanced installation for easier HA deployments
- UI Performance Improvements