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Postman Samples For vRA 8

Attached to this post you will find a JSON file that can be imported into Postman.  The import will give you a collection called ‘AutomationPro-vRA8’ which contains 19 example requests for using against a VMware vRA 8 install. Although there are many more requests that can be made,...

VMware vRA8 – Are People Missing The Point?

Since the announcement of VMware vRealize 8, migration has been a popular topic. I don’t mean deployment of vRA8 itself; that is handled [editor: very nicely I might add] by the new version of VMware Lifecycle Manager. Follow the wizard and sooner rather than later you will have...

The Homelab – In A Tiny Box

Like most I need ‘something’ of a home lab for learning, testing and developing solutions on. My requirements are pretty straightforward. I mainly need a simple vSphere setup with vRA, vRO and a Windows Domain Controller providing Active Directory, DNS and DHCP. I had been running various VMs...

The Importance Of Standards

[editor comment: we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sam Perrin. Thanks again Sam!] Recently I have been working with a financial industry customer who is all in on Automation, however it became apparent quite early on that they haven’t standardised their processes. Now, in day to...

Licensing Made Simple

Summary This tutorial will show you how to apply one or more licenses to vCenter through the use of Terraform. This can be expanded on to create a module that can be used across multiple vSphere environments.   Structure First of all, we are going to create a...

Terraform and vSphere – Part Two

Summary This is part two of a series aimed at getting you going with Terraform in a vSphere environment.  The series will assume you understand the concepts of IaC and Terraform, at a basic level. In part one, we setup Terraform and created a basic definition to create...

Terraform and vSphere – Part One

Summary This is part one of a series aimed at getting you going with Terraform in a vSphere environment.  The series will assume you understand the concepts of IaC and Terraform, at a basic level. We will start by getting setup with Terraform, creating a basic definition to...

Introducing Terraform

  [editor comment: if you don’t know what Infrastructure As Code (IaC) is I recommend reading this post first]     What Is Terraform Terraform is an open source tool that helps you provision, manage the state of and update, infrastructure. Terraform works by using Infrastructure as Code...

Introducing Infrastructure As Code

  IT Infrastructure.. love it or hate it, it forms the foundation of many companies operations. These days you are hard pushed to get a job anyway doing anything, that doesn’t require you to use a computer, mobile phone, email, websites, a word processor…. the list goes on....

LogManager – Yet Another VMware vRO Logging Action

Note: The download package has been updated with a new version of the action. The action now includes the workflow id, the path to the workflow and the current workflow execution token id to help tally logs sent to a webservice with an execution context on the server....

MockSmart

Introducing MockSmart

MockSmart is a simple to use, Ubuntu based appliance that enables you to mock REST based API responses. In fact, you can quickly mock any REST based api and consume it from any of your favourite automation products or development environments. As long as it can make REST...

Small, Medium or Large: There Is No One Size Fits All

Getting started with Automation? Guest blogger Sam Perrin discusses t-shirt sizing and how to better estimate required effort and cost on your Automation Projects. An Automation Consultant, Sam works for Xtravirt Limited based in the UK, a company specializing in virtualization, strategies and solutions to help customers solve their...

What is Cloud Automation

This is the first in a series of posts introducing Cloud Automation. Although there are already blog posts and articles discussing this, I have decided I should put my own thoughts across. People have different views on what Cloud Automation is. Here is mine in very simple terms....

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

Let Me Set The Scene Finished watching the video? Good. Now then, let’s put you in the same shoes as John. Picture yourself with the following scenario. ‘You have teams of people working in your IT department. If you are lucky, some aren’t overworked and stressed. You, their...

Behind Automation

I was lucky enough to partake in a podcast recently with colleagues Sam Perrin and Stuart Robinson of Xtravirt. If you want to learn more about automation then please check it out! This episode outlines: What is automation? The common reasons businesses are automating business processes. Some of...