Whew the last few days have been full of new releases and VMware is not done yet. I’m not going to spoil anything but I will tell you that the release of vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 is not the last announcement you will be seeing from me. I anticipate some other exciting news next week. FOr now check out what’s new in vRO and stay tuned.
vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 is a patch release that introduces a number of improvements and bug fixes.
- Enhanced workflow logging, including messages that mark the start and the end of the workflow run. In case of failure, the log captures the workflow ID, the request ID, and the exception.
- Added ability to run a Debugger in the Orchestrator client when the request is generated by an external system, such as vRealize Automation, the vCenter Web Client, or a REST endpoint.
- Introduced Spanish locale support for the Orchestrator plug-in for vSphere Web Client.
vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.5 also introduces Control Center, which delivers a more flexible configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting experience. Control Center contains multiple built-in capabilities:
- Cancel workflow runs
- vRealize Orchestrator runtime dashboard
It dawned on me that you all may not be aware of the VMware Sample Exchange. The sample exchange is a place where you can go to find samples shared by many different folks. Some by VMware employees others by customers, and partners. On the sample exchange you can share all sorts of things from sample code written in many different languages, vRO workflows, blueprints, and more. With the ability to turn blueprints into code in vRA7 the sample exchange makes it possible to share those blueprints with others and the best part is it’s free!
I encourage all of you to participate. The more of you that share your work the better this community will become for all.
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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.
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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.
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.
For those of you who have not seen this yet, it is a must have for anyone writing vCO workflows for vCAC. VMware’s own Dan Linsey build a set of pre-built workflows to help aid you in your own development efforts. The toolkit includes workflows for performing Create, Read, Update, & Delete Operations for vCAC custom properties for more than just virtual machine objects. IT includes support for the following:
- Build Profiles
- Business Groups
- Property Dictionary
- Virtual Machines
- and more
Top check out this incredibly useful toolkit head over to the VMware Communities and download it.
CloudUtil is a vRA(vCAC) repository management tool that is part of the vRA Designer. It actually is what you are launching when you run the designer. When run without parameters it launches the GUI Designer. It however has other functions that can prove useful from time to time.
For starters if you don’t have the Designer Installed you can get it by going to https://FQDNofvCACAppliance:5480 –> IaaS Install –> vCloud Automation Center Designer. When you install it make sure you put in the IaaS host, NOT the vCAC appliance hostname.
I frequently get asked how can workflow revisions be removed from the designer. The answer is they can, but you need a Development Kit license to do so with CloudUtil. Working in the designer you will come to find out that the revisions add up fast and before you know it you could have hundreds. I’m going to walk you through a way to remove the revisions without a Development License for CloudUtil.
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