Category : vRealize Automation

Written by Christopher Lewis on November 4, 2016 .

OK so you’ve finally deployed vRealize Automation 7.x and you’re pretty chuffed with yourself because it only two 2 rollbacks on the Windows VMs, a new VA deployment and some on the fly configuration tweaks to get it working… You’re #Awesome. You’re following VMware best practice and you have your embedded vRealize Orchestrator instance on your vRealize Automation Virtual Appliance(s). You #RockThisWorld You’re on a role. but now you now have to install a new plugin for vRealize Orchestrator (lets say for Infoblox IPAM or F5 LTM), so you try https://vra.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on August 23, 2016 .

VMware have just released VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 vRealize Automation 7.1 Release Notes Download VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 (MyVMware account required) Remember those change requests and Approvals when your doing an upgrade - and for your own sake, test the upgrade path in a representative environment first! :-)

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Written by Christopher Lewis on August 16, 2016 .

I thought I would share a quick script to create a vCenter User Role with all the appropriate permissions for use with vRealize Automation (6.x or 7.x). The script creates a new User Role within vCenter called vRealize Automation User. Note: if you don’t like the name you can change the $role property to anything you like. The script prompts for following information: vCenter Server FQDN the vCenter/SSO User with rights to create the role the vCenter/SSO User password the vRealize Automation Service account (that you want to assign to the permission) And then automagically creates the new vCenter role with the required privileges and assigns permissions to the vRealize Automation service account from the root of the vCenter Server and propagates down.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on August 11, 2016 .

This is the final post in a series of post on automating the deployment of the Platform Services Controller (PSC). To be honest I didn’t expect these posts to turn into a series but as I like to share. The previous two articles in this series can be found here: HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI & JSON - Part 1 How to Automate the installation of the External Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI & JSON - Part 2 Within this final post, I will tackling the automated deployment of a two node PSC Cluster and will be sharing the script I use.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on July 29, 2016 .

Over the last few months I have been designing and building a solution for vRealize Automation 6 for a customer. (I know, I know, its not the latest and greatest version with all the whiz-bang features of vRA7 - but the only solace I take is that the VCAP-CMA exams are currently based on vRA 6 - so hopefully it is good practice). You will have noticed that the last few posts I have created are concerning the VMware vSphere Platform Services Controller (PSC) and how to install it (and automate it).

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Written by Christopher Lewis on March 24, 2016 .

I thought I would share one of the many Visio Diagrams I have created recently on a project to deploy VMware vRealize Automation 6.2.x.

VMware vRealize Automation 6.x

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 4, 2016 .

Grant Orchard ( @grantorchard ) has just released a new version of the vRealise Automation 7 API reference documentation as a Docker container called Platypus ! For all those guys who, like me, don’t run a Mac laptop and cannot use the VMware’s AppCatalyst to run Photon, I thought I would write a quick post on how to get Platypus working within a Docker Container upon the Synology NAS (if you have one).

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