How to integrate vRealize Automation with the Puppet Plugin 2.0

The Puppet Plugin 2.0 for vRealize Automation is here so let’s put it to good use by integrating it with vRealize Automation Blueprints! Pre-Reqs:   Puppet Plugin Installed and Configured. See my guide here A Puppet master server running Puppet Enterprise 2016.4 or newer, or open source Puppet 4.6.2 or Continue reading

Puppet Plugin 2.0 for vRO agent install workflow gotcha

If you are trying to use the new Puppet Plugin 2.0 for vRealize Automation workflows and you get an error when deploying a blueprint it is most likely The agent packages needed to support your platform, for example: el-7-x86_64 are not present on your Puppet Master. The error in the Continue reading

Puppet vRO Plugin 1.0 to 2.0 upgrade gotcha

I have been working with the new Puppet Plugin in my lab and I found the new workflows failing as they were referencing modules in the old 1.0 plugin. The workflows throw an error like Cannot find function escapeShellArgument in object Module:com.puppet.o11n.plugin.puppet

vRA7 to vRO Extensibility Magic Secrets Revealed Part 3

Let’s tie it all together now and test this integration. In Part 1 you learned about vRA 7 to vRO architecture and how we pass data. In Part 2 we created a workflow in vRO that will recieve custom properties from vRA into attributes in vRO to tell vRO workflows Continue reading

vRA7 to vRO Extensibility Magic Secrets Revealed Part 1

In this three part guide I will show you how to extend vRealize Automation 7 to use vRealize Orcestrator workflows as part of the provisioning process. This could be used for something as simple as running a script in the guest to more advanced use cases like talking to an Continue reading

How to integrate Windows DNS with vRA 7.x

This guide will show you how to setup vRealize Automation 7.x to automatically create a static host A record and a reverse look up pointer in your Windows based DNS. This is most often needed to be able to automate deployments of Linux machines as Linux does not play well Continue reading

What’s new in vRealize Automation 7.1

Today, VMware released the latest version of vRealize Automation 7.1. Here are some of the highlights I found to be really great improvements, also some of the new features in beta. Download vRealize Automation 7.1 here Documentation for vRealize Automation 7.1 here GA features: Improved Views – You can now Continue reading

How to install and configure Chef Plugin for vRealize Orchestrator

In this guide I will walk you through installing and configuring the new Chef Plugin for vRealize Orchestrator. This allows vRO to automate common tasks in Chef as well as integrate with cloud automation solutions like vRealize Automation. The plug-in includes out of the box workflows for the most common Continue reading

Where is the installable vRO client on vRA 7 appliance?

So you have downlaoded and installed the vRealize Automation 7 Appliance and now you want to start to work on some vRealize Orchestrator workflows. While you could just use the Java Client, there is also an installabled version available for Windows.