Category Archive: vCloud Automation Center

Dec 04 2014

Heads up! vCloud Automation Center Property Definition information

This will be a very short blog post about the vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), soon to be renamed to vRealize Automation (vRA), Property Definition Vrm.DataCenter.Location. There are a few blog posts describing how to use the vCAC Property Definition Vrm.DataCenter.Location to specify where, to which vCAC Compute Resource,  your vCAC based virtual machines (VMs) will be deployed. Many of …

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Nov 25 2014

Nutanix Cluster VM reporting using vCloud automation Center

This video will show how you can use vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) soon to be renamed to vRealize Automation (vRA), vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) soon to be renamed to vRealize Automation (vRO) and Nutanix API to create a simple email based report including the following information: VM Name Operating System IP Address Number of vCPUs Amount of RAM …

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Nov 18 2014

Set vCenter Server Annotations via vCloud Automation Center deployment

How can i update the virtual machine (VM) Annotations field in vCenter Server when requesting a VM via vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), soon to be renamed to vRealize Automation (vRA)? I have had this question a few times the last couple of weeks. This blog post will describe how you can solve this. The below figures shows …

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Oct 28 2014

New vRealize Automation (vRA) reference architecture – No more single point of failure

VMware has recently released an updated version of the vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) which will be renamed to vRealize Automation (vRA) in the next (6.2) release so i’ll call it vRA from now on. Two things caught my attention and especially one which i have been looking for a long time now. There is no longer …

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Oct 24 2014

Nutanix Cluster status reporting via vRealize Automation

This is the third video i have put together to show the vRealize Automation (vRA) formerly vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) formerly vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) and Nutanix REST API integrations. Other related blog posts including automation videos can be found here: Create Nutanix Container via vCloud Automation Center Nutanix and vSphere deployment via …

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Sep 23 2014

Create Nutanix Container via vCloud Automation Center

A few week ago i decided to put together a few short videos of how to use vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) and vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) to manage the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform (VCP). The video will show you how vCAC, using vCO, can be used to quickly create a new Nutanix Container and send an email …

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Sep 16 2014

Greenfield vCloud Automation Center Deployment on Nutanix

Last week, before the 9/9 release of new the vCloud Suite software versions, i was asked by a potential Nutanix customer how long it will take from the moment the Nutanix block arrives on-site until a vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) environment can be up and running and ready for virtual machine (VM) deployments. ————————————————————————————————————- Short answer: For …

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Sep 09 2014

New VMware releases 2014-09-09

Today, 2014-09-09, VMware released new versions of many products included in vCloud Suite: VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Update 2 – release notes here VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 2 – release notes here VMware vSphere Replication 5.8 – release notes here VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.8 – release notes here VMware vCenter Orchestrator Appliance 5.5.2 – release notes here VMware vCloud …

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Sep 02 2014

vCloud Automation Center IaaS component installation failure

A few days ago i was contacted when a vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0.1 installation failed with the following error message: vCAC-Server-Custom-Database-Web-ModelManagerData-ConfigTool Installation Failed, Exitcode: 1 See complete log file at the end of the blog post. While investigating the error log file i found the following: System.Data.Services.Client.DataServiceQueryException: An error occurred while processing this request. …

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Aug 26 2014

vCloud Automation Center installation failure cleanup

A few days ago i was asked to look into a failed vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) installation. The failing part was the Windows Server based vCAC Infrastructure as a Service component. I didn’t have access to the installation log file, which is normally saved in the vCAC IaaS virtual machine directory C:Program Files (x86)VMwarevCACServerConfigToolLog, so i really …

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Jul 31 2014

vCloud Automation Center virtual machine request fails with SubmitVirtualMachineRequests error

A few days ago i received an error in vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6 i haven’t seen before. I was trying to deploy virtual machines (VMs) from a vCAC blueprint using the Linked Clone feature. When i requested 1 or 2 VMs everything worked just fine but when increasing the number of VMs per request to …

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Apr 08 2014

vCloud Automation Center Reservation Configuration Issue

Whenever possible i configure a vCloud Automation Center 6.0.1 (vCAC) Reservation to use a vSphere Datastore Cluster. You configure the vCAC Reservations in the vCAC web interface under Home -> Infrastructure -> Reservations -> Reservations: However, the other day i couldn’t select, mark the check box and perform my configuration, the vSphere Datastore Cluster DSC-01 when …

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Mar 25 2014

vCloud Automation Center login results in – 401 Unauthorized

Updated 2014-04-14: Today i received feedback from others who have seen the same problem: Darren Goff  who reported this was caused by incorrect time in the vCAC Appliance. Brice Dereims  who reported this happens 90 days after the installation. Admin account locked. I have not seen this issues myself but it might be workt investigating if/when you …

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Feb 19 2014

Install vCloud Automation Center 6.0 plugin in vCenter Orchestrator

A few days ago i published a blog post about how you can “Add vCenter Orchestrator as a vCloud Automation Center endpoint” which you can read here. I used the vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) included in the vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) appliance which includes the vCAC vCO plugin. If you want to add vCO as an vCAC …

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