Category : vRealize Automation

Written by Christopher Lewis on May 26, 2017

Intro I was drafted into a customer today to try and work out why, amongst other small niggles, their Windows Virtual Machines had suddenly started to hang during provisioning. The deployments were from a relatively standard IaaS Blueprint that was created 6 months ago. I thought I would share my thought process/steps (right or wrong) to solving the issue and also tell you what happened. I’m not really a “check the logs” kind of guy (unless its uber complicated).

VMware vRealize Automation Blueprints

Written by Christopher Lewis on May 17, 2017

So it seems VMware are actually listening to the feedback and this just happened… vRealize Orchestrator - with the following new features: RBAC in the Control Center - Yes! vRealize Automation - with the following new features: Integration with Puppet - Yes! Automatic failover for the IaaS Manager Service - Yes! Enhanced logging - Yes! NSX improvements - Yes! It’s good that a release make someone a #HappyBunny rather than a #SadPanda!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on March 13, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 7.1 - Deploy and Manage a vRealize Application Services Appliance Knowledge: Assign a user the necessary permissions to gain access to Application Services. Install and set up the Application Services virtual appliance. Configure Application Services to use a proxy. Register a cloud provider with Application Services. Map a Cloud Template to a Logical Template. Map Application Services to a vRA reservation policy Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

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Written by Christopher Lewis on March 12, 2017

This post is a part of a series of posts for preparation for the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam. For the full exam prep resources check here. In this post we are covering the deployment of vRealize Application Services. Prerequisite Steps A fully deployed vRealize Automation implementation. Overview Deploy VMware vRealize Application Services Appliance. Configure VMware vRealize Application Services. Navigate to the Application Services Portal Step by Step Instructions Note: For anyone who has deployed an OVF/OVA before (such as the vRealize Automation Identity Appliance or the vRealize Automation Appliance) the steps will look very familiar!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 11, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 8.1 - Deploy and Manage a vRealize Business Standard Appliance Deploy vRealize Business Standard appliance Integrate vRealize Business Standard with vRealize Automation: Add vRealize Automation Hostname Configure SSO Default Tenant Configure SSO Admin User Configure SSO Admin Password Set Time Sync Mode Create a Tenant in vRealize Automation that leverages vRealize Business Standard: Specify an Identity Source Specify a tenant admin Assign vRealize Business roles: Business Management Administrator Business Management Read only Business Management Controller Add one or more virtual environments to vRealize Business Standard Add one or more vCenter Server instances to vRealize Business Standard Update the Reference Database Information in this post uses vRealize Business for Cloud (7.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 11, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 3.1 - Configure and Manage NSX Integration with vRealize Automation Implement machine blueprints that use: External network profiles Routed network profiles NAT network profiles Private network profiles Deploy applications using a pre-configured networking model Deploy applications using a fully automated networking model Configure static and dynamic routing Deploy an application that uses an automatically provisioned load balancer Apply a security policy to elements of a multi-machine blueprint Automate the application of a security policy to new machines provisioned from a blueprint Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 11, 2017

NOTE: I’M IGNORING THE BLUEPRINT HERE AS THE CRITERIA DOESN’T MATCH THE OBJECTIVE. Objective Overview Objective 4.4 - Import existing workloads Set Global Properties according to a deployment plan Locate log files for the appropriate user Generate a log support bundle for all vRealize Automation components View and export log data for further analysis Configure database log file rollover Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

VMware vRealize Automation VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 7, 2017

This post is a part of a series of posts for preparation for the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam. For the full exam prep resources check here. In this post we are covering the configuration of the Advanced Services Endpoint for vCenter Server. Prerequisite Steps A fully deployed vRealize Automation implementation. An external Orchestrator deployment (HOWTO) Step by Step Instructions Navigate to and Log into the vRealize Automation Tenant Portal as a Tenant Administration user.

VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Orchestrator VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 7, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 6.1: Configure Advanced Service Designer Determine the appropriate vRO server deployment according to a deployment plan Assign the Service Architect role to a user or group Configure an external vRO server to run workflows Create a vCO endpoint to enable vRA to communicate with an external vRO server Configure advanced endpoints in ASD (vCenter, AD, SOAP, REST, PowerShell) Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Orchestrator VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 7, 2017

This post is a part of a series of posts for preparation for the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam. For the full exam prep resources check here. In this post we are covering the configuration of the Advanced Services Endpoint for Active Directory. Prerequisite Steps A fully deployed vRealize Automation implementation. Step by Step Instructions Note: Once you have created an AD Endpoint it cannot be deleted, only updated. Navigate to and Log into the vRealize Automation Tenant Portal as a Tenant Administration user.

VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Orchestrator VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 7, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 5.2 - Modify a Blueprint to invoke a Workflow during a Lifecycle Change Configure vRealize Orchestrator plug-in for vRA Associate a vRO workflow with a specific lifecycle state change for a Machine Blueprint Associate a vRO Endpoint with a Machine Blueprint Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: A fully deployed vRealize Automation Solution (See Objective 1). Objective Breakdown Configure vRealize Orchestrator plug-in for vRA**.

VMware vRealize Automation VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 7, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 4.3 - Manage Custom Properties and Build Profiles Add / edit Custom Properties to add new attributes or override default attributes. Create a Build Profile according to Custom Properties from a deployment plan. Use Property Dictionary to define new Custom Properties. Custom Properties - Overview When using a Custom Property it is important to understand the Order of Precedence: Build profile Blueprint Business group Compute resource Reservations Endpoint Runtime What this means is that if the same Custom Property is specified at a different levels, the highest (1 being lowest) level wins.

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