How to change the vRA 7.2 All Services Icon

In this guide I will walk you through how to change that pesky All Services icon to one of your choice.

Pre-Reqs

  • vRealize Automation 7.2 or newer installed and configured See my guide here
  • A Linux system with a command line that you can run curl from to connect to the vRealize Appliance API
  • An account with System Administrator (I had to use administrator@vsphere.local)
  • A quiet place where you will not be interrupted see my guide here

Please NOTE: This is a system wide setting for all tenants! You have been warned!

Here is the image I will be using

First we need to convert the image we want to upload to vRA into Base64 encoded format. Go to the following site and upload your image

Now click Convert to Base64

Copy the string to the notepad for later or just leave this browser window open. We will use this later

Login to a Linux machine with Curl installed and export the vRA URL

export VRA=vra-01a.corp.local

Now export to accept JSON with the following command

export ACCEPT="application/json"

Now request the Auth token with the following command

NOTE: I was only able to get this to work with the Tenant Admin account

curl --insecure -H "Accept: application/json" -H 'Content-Type: application/json' --data '{"username":"administrator@corp.local","password":"VMware1!","tenant":"vsphere.local"}' https://$VRA/identity/api/tokens

Copy the token to the clipboard like shown

Export the Auth token to a variable with the following

export AUTH="Bearer MTQ0OTYwMjc2MDI4NToyODlmZWM2MjZlNzNkMDAwZmRmYjp0ZW5hbnQ6dnNwaGVyZS5sb2NhbHVzZXJuYW1lOnRvbnlAY29ycC5sb2NhbGV4cGlyYXRpb246MTQ0OTYzMTU2MDAwMDo4MzE3NThmNjhjZTNjNzg5MDNiMWM3ODdlODBmMDQ3NGYzNmYwMzBkYWFjNGM4Y2I3YTk5YmY1ODBmN2E4N2IyNzM4MTRhM2M3NmQzNzM3ZTUzMmZjZDI4OGEwZTI0OTA4NTZjMDg3YTQ2NzRjMjczZTIyOTQyZGJlOWQwNDU2NQ=="

Now let’s request the new icon with the Base64 encoding string we created earlier. See below for the command and where you need to paste your code

Note: This command needs to be one long string without carriage returns or it will fail

curl https://$VRA/catalog-service/api/icons --insecure -H "Accept: application/json" -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -H "Authorization: $AUTH" --data '{"id":"cafe_default_icon_genericAllServices","fileName":"mynewicon","contentType":"image/png","image":"PasteStringHere"}'

Refresh the Catalog page and see your new icon!

If you want to revert back to the old icon, follow the instructions again to get logged in and get the AUTH token then run the following command

curl https://$VRA/catalog-service/api/icons/cafe_default_icon_genericAllServices --insecure -H "Authorization: $AUTH" --request DELETE

But really, would you want to??

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2 thoughts on “How to change the vRA 7.2 All Services Icon

  1. Hello,

    very good work! I have tested it and it works very well!
    But, you have an error in a command line, “request the new icon” the attribute name “$VCAC” is incorrect. The correct attribute would be “$VRA” !

    I have also tested it with a tenant Administrator, unfortunately without success!

    {“errors”:[{“code”:10112,”message”:”Authorization error.”,”systemMessage”:”System icon cafe_default_icon_genericAllServices may only be updated by a System Administrator”,”moreInfoUrl”:null}]}

    Thanks a lot
    by

    • Hi Ralf,

      Thank you for the kind words and the heads up on the typo. I fixed it and updated the post with that change. I also tried as tenant admin and got the same error. Not sure why it has to be the vsphere.local user. Also check out the new icon pack if your looking for some different all services icons! https://github.com/vmtocloud/vraiconpack

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