vRA with Ansible Server and vRO integration

In this guide I will show you to use a Software Components Blueprint to integrate Ansible Playbooks. In this example I am using what I describe as Ansible Enterprise. Meaning, there is no Ansible binary installed on the provisoned VM’s and there is no internet access required from the provisoned Continue reading vRA with Ansible Server and vRO integration

vRA 7 Software Components Computed Values Explained

In vRealize Automation 7 when you are designing software components you may have noticed that there is an option to make the Properties a Computed value. In this guide I wll give you a quick overview of how and why you would want to use this feature. This is an Continue reading vRA 7 Software Components Computed Values Explained

How to export vRA 7 Blueprints as code

vRealize Automation has a ton of great new features that make it easier than ever to build and manage your hybrid cloud. In this guide I will walk you trough using the latest Cloud Client Command Line utility to export your blueprints as code. I will also show you how Continue reading How to export vRA 7 Blueprints as code

How to import vRA7 Blueprints as code

vRealize Automation has a ton of great new features that make it easier than ever to build and manage your hybrid cloud. In this guide I will walk you trough using the latest Cloud Client Command Line utility to import blueprints as code.

vRA 7 Software Components for Linux Gotcha

So today I have been in the lab working on some new blueprints. I will share those later..sigh…now that they are working. My typical workflow when developing a new blueprint is to go through the installation on a fresh VM provisioned by vRA with the Application Services agent installed. Once Continue reading vRA 7 Software Components for Linux Gotcha

How to get the IP address of a VM in vRealize Automation 7 REST API

In my last post I showed you how to script a REST API request in vRealize Automation 7. Now let’s close the loop and get the details of that request. In this guide I will show you how to retrieve the IP address of a provisioned item. You can then Continue reading How to get the IP address of a VM in vRealize Automation 7 REST API

vRA7 Software Agent Gotcha for CentOS7 or RHEL7

I recently discovered an issue while using the Software Components feature of vRA7 on a CENTOS7 template. All was working fine before I performed a YUM update. You can see from the screenshot below that the VM provisions but the Software Component does not deploy. After the YUM Update on Continue reading vRA7 Software Agent Gotcha for CentOS7 or RHEL7

How to reindex the vRA7 Appliance Database

The vRealize Automation 7 appliance provides the UI and portal functionality for vRA (among other things). Behind the scenes it is running a vPostgres database to store information about approvals, catalog items and some logging. Over time the database tables can become fragmented and impact performance of the portal. Always Continue reading How to reindex the vRA7 Appliance Database