vRA/vCAC Clone blueprint Magic Secrets Revealed!

I have been specializing in vRA/vCAC for over three years now. Previously I used Dynamic Ops as a customer. Lately it dawned on me that while I use the solution everyday there are many that are just seeing the solution for the first time. I remember the first time I Continue reading

Apple Time Capsule as a Service with vRA/vCAC and VMware Photon

True story, recently my car was broken into and my Mac Book was stolen. Not a total loss as I keep most of my files synced to VMware Horizon data. However I did invest a lot of time setting up my Mac just the way I like it. So it Continue reading

Container as a service with vRA/vCAC and Project Photon

Updated 12/7/15, vRO workflows updated to address a reported timing issue. In my last post I showed you how to create a Photon Blueprint in vRA that uses a static IP pool and customizes the Photon guest OS. In this guide let’s take it a step further and allow the Continue reading

How to create a Photon Blueprint in vRA/vCAC

Updated 6/16/16. Photon OS 1.0 now works out of the box –> https://vmware.github.io/photon/ This guide is to help you create a blueprint in vRA/vCAC for VMware’s new Photon operating system. Note that Photon is currently a technical preview so there is still quite a bit of development yet to happen. Continue reading

Dynamically updated request forms example with vRA, vRO and Chef

I often hear customers request a way to dynamically update a vRA request form when a change is made in a 3rd party system. For example, when the Chef admin adds or removes roles from the Chef server, they would like a way to automatically update a drop down list Continue reading

Docker as a Service in vRA/vCAC part 2 – InstallPullandRun

So you want to offer your developers an Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) that is beyond just traditional Physical, virtual or cloud servers right? Well look no further, vRealize Automation can quickly and easily be extended to accommodate containers as an IaaS offering . In this guide I will show Continue reading

Automate Log Insight logging of new Windows VM’s Provisioned from vRA

So you just implemented the vRealize Suite and you want to make sure any Windows VM you deploy get’s added to Log Insight right? Well look no further you came to the right place.Let’s get started but first make sure you have the following in place: vCAC 6.0, 6.1 or Continue reading

vRealize Automation REST API with Curl

vRealize Autmation exposes a RESTful API to automate common tasks without having to access the GUI. Some common examples of why you would use this are: Request machines as part of a Continus Integratation process Integrate vRA provisioning into your build systems such as Jenkins Drive vRA requests from a Continue reading

vRO Puppet Plugin Agent Install Gotcha

While playing around with the Puppet Plugin I was getting an error while running the install agent workflow. This was due to the fact I was trying to install an agent on an OS that is different than the Puppet master. You need to add additional classes to your puppet Continue reading