Category Archive: vRealize Automation

Mar 10 2015

vRealize Automation monitoring

Since i started to work as a consultant back in 2007 monitoring has been part of pretty much all design, implementations and heath checks i have done. Every now and then i receive questions about how to implement monitoring for certain software and this week i received a question about monitoring the vRealize Automation (vRA)  formerly …

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Jan 27 2015

Problem connection vCenter Orchestrator to vRealize Automation

While standing up a vRealize Automation (formerly known as vCloud Automation Center) 6.2 environment a few days back i received an error when trying to connect an external vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.2 (vCO) soon to be renamed to vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) to the vRA Advanced Services.

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Jan 13 2015

vRealize Automation Data collection doesn’t work

vRealize Automation (vRA), formerly called vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) vSphere Data collection is the process where vRA reaches out to its infrastructure source endpoints and their compute resources to collect information. Below is the number of data collection types: Infrastructure Source Endpoint Data Collection Inventory Data Collection State Data Collection Performance Data Collection (vSphere compute resources …

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Dec 16 2014

Nutanix – vCloud Automation Center VM deployment

This video will show virtual machine (VM) provisioning via vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) or vRealize Automation Center (vRA) to the Nutanix platform. The following rules and configuration applies to the vides: Approval is required when more than 2 virtual machines are requested. Virtual machines will be deployed to vCenter Server Folder: CentOS Virtual machines will be …

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Dec 10 2014

vRealize Automation 6.2 and more products released

Yesterday, 2014-12-09, VMware released a version of vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) and as we have been told for a while now the product was rebranded to vRealize Automation (vRA). So the new version is called vRealize Automation 6.2.0. Some of the the enhancements includes: Enhanced Ednpoing support for: vSphere 6 (Q1 2015) XenDesktop 7 Enhancements to vCloud …

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Dec 09 2014

vCloud Automation Center VirtualMachine.Network Property Definition changes

A couple of moths back i wrote an article about how to select virtual machine (VM) network placement while deploying a VM via vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) soon to be renamed to vRealize Automation (vRA). You can find the blog post here. I have received a couple of questions over the past months and they …

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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 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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Oct 07 2014

Nutanix and vSphere deployment via vCenter Orchestrator

A few weeks back me and my colleagues Phil Ditzel and Artur Krzywdzinski was asked to create a customer demo including Nutanix and vSphere deployment. We decided to use vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) as the provisioning engine but this can be done via e.g PowerShell as well. The following steps are included in the vCD workflow we …

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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 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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