Tagged: vra

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...

vRA 8.x Cheat Sheet

This cheat sheet will evolve over time to become a single source for all the things you forget, common questions with answers and anything else that might be useful. Look out for other cheat sheets for other products as well (coming soon) ! Operations How do I shut...

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?!?...

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...

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...

Ansible & vRA integration in the palm of your hand

If you just want the script without the reading, download it here Integrating Ansible into vRA is a fantastic feature and not that hard to setup. VMware document the process themselves, and there are other numerous blog posts covering it as well, like this one or this one....

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...

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...

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...

VMware vRA8 – Adding Microsoft Azure As A Cloud Zone

VMware vRealize Automation 8 is a leap forwards and certainly a far cry from what we all knew as vRealize Automation 7.x. A new code base with a new look, if you have any familiarity with VMware vRealize Automation Cloud (formerly Cloud Automation Services) software as a service...

vRA: To destroy or not to destroy…

I got caught out last week by something that I had not come across before. A customer has an environment comprised of vSphere, vRA, vRO.. the usual suspects. vRA and vRO and associated IAAS roles were all duplicated and sat behind a load balancer. Anyway, whilst re-writing some...

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...