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 …

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 …

The Unofficial Official VMware Certified Professional 6 – DCV Study Guide

With VMworld 2015 around the corner I thought this would be a great time to announce our latest version of the VMware Certified Professional – DCV study guide. A few years back, Jason Langer (blog / twitter) and I teamed up with Veeam Software and released the VMware Certified Professional 5 – DCV study guide, which you can find here. …

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 …

PernixData FVP and vCenter Operations Integration

If you’ve been reading some of my previous posts you would probably have noticed that I’ve been writing a fair amount about vCenter Operations. There is a reason for this; it’s a very extensible product. There is a decent amount of third-party integration with vCenter Operations as well as a high amount of customization out of the box. I hate …

Operationalizing vCenter Operations – Part 1

I’ve been doing a lot of work with vCenter Operations over the last few months. I spent a lot of time with custom dashboards, super metrics and custom widgets based on XML files and widget interactions. The environment I’m in has an operations team responsible for monitoring 15+ vCenter environments. Most of the time spent working on this project was …

Programmatically Push Custom Data into vCenter Operations

I’ve been doing a lot of customization with vCenter Operations Manager lately, mainly customized dashboards, and I wanted to explore ways of getting data into vCOps other than having to use a third party adapter (such as Hyperic) or make my own adapter. Enter the HTTP Post Adapter. The HTTP Post adapter comes with vCenter Operations (I believe this comes …

Configuring vCenter Operations Custom UI with Secure LDAP

I was recently working on a vCenter Operations (vCOps) installation at the customer site I work out and ran into an issue importing users from Active Directory (AD). In case you aren’t familiar with vCenter Operations, there are two UIs that can be accessed; a standard UI and a custom UI. The standard UI uses permissions defined within vCenter to …