Blueprints as Code in vRealize Automation 7 Part 2 – Adding Blueprints to Github and Setting up Jenkins

Welcome to part 2 of this 3-part series on blueprints as code in vRealize Automation 7 (vRA 7). In part 1, we walked through how to export blueprints from vRA 7. In this post we’ll discuss putting those exported blueprints into a source control system (Github) and setup our Jenkins server.  Here are links to the full series: Blueprints as Code …

vRealize Automation 7 – Custom Email Template XaaS Cleanup

A customer recently contacted me to help resolve a few issues with vRA 7’s custom email templates. Here are some of the changes I had to make. Templates have been updated from 6.2. Grab the new templates from the ‘Attachments’ section in the following KB: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2102019  Multiple XaaS (anything as a Service) workflows are displayed in the Approval notice. This …

Building Your Own Voice Activated Skynet with Amazon Web Services

Hey all, Here are a couple of videos from this year’s Sirius Madness event where @virtualtacit and I demonstrated using Amazon Web Services and Alexa (Amazon Echo) to flip a Raspberry Pi controlled drone. Below you can find some of the background on how we built it. Oh, and aside from the fact that voice controlled drones are awesome!, our …

Blueprints as Code in vRealize Automation 7 Part 1 – Exporting Blueprints

I’ve been doing some work recently with vRealize Autmation 7 and exploring options of how to export blueprints so that they may be stored in a source control system, such as Github. In doing so I discovered a great post by Kris Thieler (@inkysea) which describes his newest Jenkins plugin for vRealize Automation (vRA) 7. One of the enhancements with …

I can HaaS…Hadoop as a Service Setup

There seems to be a lot of focus today around XaaS (anything as a service). There is also lots of talk about big data, typically Hadoop, and being able to automate the Hadoop lifecycle. We’ve had a number of customers ask us about deploying Hadoop clusters using the XaaS model instead of deploying each component manually. Here’s an introduction video …

Automating Puppet Master Certificate Signing and vRealize Automation

A big part of my job at Varrow is evaluating new technology related to cloudy things and determine if/where said technology might fit into our overall cloud strategy. From there it’s all about taking that technology, integrating it, building demos in our innovation labs and making it a repeatable process. I’ll talk more in-depth about my role in another article …

Adding Additional vCenter Instances to vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation (vRA), formerly vCloud Automation Center, has the ability to have multiple vCenters as endpoints. This is cool because if you need to do true multi-tenancy and a tenant has security requirements that require them to have their own vCenter instance. When you initially install vRA you installthe IaaS component, which in turn installs a vSphere Agent responsible for …