Category: VMware

vRA8 Custom Properties – The Great Spring Clean

Of late I have been working on a number of Cloud Templates that require quite an extensive set of custom properties to be set. These custom properties are used to enable further configuration to take place during the deployment process. Additionally, some contain computed values that are then...

Jira integration with vRA8 Python ABX

I thought for a bit of a laugh I would challenge myself to create an ABX action to raise a Jira ticket when a deployment fails. In the end it wasn’t too difficult and it certainly shows that there could be some good further use cases for integration...

Outbound Notifications for LifeCycle Manager

The release of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.6 contained a new feature that may have flown under your radar, but I believe is a great addition to an already great product. Introducing Outbound Notifications! Introducing Outbound Notifications This new feature enables you to configure Lifecycle Manager to send...

vRA8 Volume Expansion

So, first day back to work in the new year and I immediately have a problem in my home lab with vRA8. Simply put, it isn’t behaving. With some investigation I discovered that /var/log was full (100% utilised space on the volume). What to do? What to do?!?...

Simplistic considered coding practices

Recently I have been asked about my methods for creating dummy data, coding styles, coding habits, how to …. well, just about every aspect of how I like to code in vRO. In fact, how I like to code in vRO is how I like to code in...

Updating vRA 7.6 Management Agent Certificates

Recently I have been helping a customer replace their self-signed Management Agent certificate in vRA7.6 with a new self-signed one (old one is expiring). To be clear this is the Management Agent certificate on the Iaas servers. VMware provide documentation on how to replace the certificate. But, to...

Simple Testing of vRA Payloads in vRO

Something that I have had to do a lot of is working on subscription event based vRO workflows and ABX actions. The frustrating thing can be that you want to be able to develop in vRO using the vRA payload, without having to constantly ask vRA to create...

ABX Send Email via MS Exchange 2019 with Python

If you have reviewed some of my other posts here on automationpro.co.uk, you will know that I’m a fan of the ABX functionality in vRA8. Something that I have been wanting to accomplish for a while is sending an email from an ABX. There are some awesome posts...

Panic! vIDM root password has expired & cancelling ongoing resets

The problem Today I wanted to kick off a ‘Product Inventory Sync’ of my global environment in Lifecycle Manager before performing some upgrades. But, after a few minutes it failed. The error message suggested that I check to see if the root password had expired. When I logged...

ABX Action – OpenSSH to a Windows Server

Recently I needed to create a connection to a Windows server and perform some operations on it. From there I wanted to run commands on the Windows server itself, and I didn’t want to have to worry about double hop WinRM issues from PowerShell. I wanted something flexible...

ABX Action Fails: ‘You are required to change your password immediately (password expired)’

Whilst working with a customer to provide extensibility through ABX actions, I came across a documented issue that I wasn’t previously aware of. Whilst testing an ABX action I received the following error message: abx-service [host=’abx-service-app-5c578445f7-j2w6m’ thread=’parallel-47′ user=” org=” trace=” component=’GatewayActionProvider’ method=’convertExceptions:437′ actionRunI d=’8a7480a179b68ffb0179e552568b1e1a’ context=’87aad62e-0d90-4a61-b265-8b3720239a00′ tokenId=’8eb4435a-be1f-4921-9ca3-d809625dce4c’ parentTokenId=’8bdaa86c-1a01-4714-8c8f-9b1d41a5d98f’] c.v.a.a.p.i.g.Gate...

ABX DNS management with Python

I have been playing around with vra8 actions for a while now and whilst it is a handy function, I have found some issues with the PowerShell implementation. However, Python based actions seem to execute just fine. Whilst playing around I came across what looked like a really...

Backup Your Code Stream Pipelines.. With A Pipeline!

Introduction In this post I will be providing you with a Code Stream pipeline that is capable of exporting all pipelines in your Code Stream instance, committing them into a GitHub repository and pushing the commits back to GitHub.   Assumptions I have made a few assumptions that...

vRA 8.3 REST Api Calls With Code Stream

Introduction In this post I will be providing an example of how to make REST API calls from Code Stream obtain an API token from the vRA 8.3 REST api obtain a list of Cloud Accounts registered with vRA filter for a specific Cloud Account on vRA  ...

Extensibility & PowerShell – Playing the Property Game

Recently I have been having some fun and games with vRA 8.2, in particular, with the extensibility capabilities. With the introduction of PowerShell support for vRA actions, I thought I would have a little play and see what I could break. I’m On A MetaData Hunt.. Ok, so...

Terraform – In Action with VMware vRA 8.x

Of late I have been playing with Terraform and the vRA 8 provider. Although I have found quite a few bugs with the provider (I’ll log those soon) it certainly is a great start! I have captured a quick demo below where I configure settings on a brand...

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...