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UCS Director System Policies

UCS Director System Policies

UCS Director System Policies are kind of a catch all for any settings that need to be defined prior to a virtual machine being deployed, and that don’t fit into a neat little category like Network, Storage or Compute. This post reviews two types of system policies: VMware and AWS. VMware System Policy This policy… Continue Reading

UCS Director Network Policies

UCS Director Network Policies

The UCS Director Virtual Data Center construct requires several underlying policies in order to become an item that virtual machine can be deployed on. One of these items is the networking policy which includes IP Pools, VLANs, vNic rules and port group selection. IP Pool Policy Before creating any Network Policies it may be necessary… Continue Reading

UCS Director VMware Storage Policy

UCS Director VMware Storage Policy

The storage policy defines how virtual disks will be deployed on vSphere datastores. This policy will be added to the Cisco UCS Director Virtual Data Center construct to provide a comprehensive policy on how to deploy new virtual machines on VMware vSphere. VMware Storage Policies To configure a VMware Storage Policy,  go to the Policies… Continue Reading

Cisco UCS Director 6 Guide

Cisco UCS Director 6 is a cloud management platform that can deploy virtual machines and services across vSphere, KVM, Hyper-V and AWS endpoints. UCS Director will manage the orchestration, lifecycle and governance of virtual machines deployed through it and can also help in the automatic provisioning of hardware resources. Cisco has plenty of documentation on… Continue Reading

Cisco UCS Director 6 Guide
UCS Director Computing Policy

UCS Director Computing Policy

The Computing Polices determine how vCPUs and vMEM will be assigned to a virtual machine deployed through UCS Director as well as which clusters and hosts can have virtual machines placed on them. Add a VMware Computing Policy To add a computing policy got to the Policies drop down and select “Virtual/Hypervisor Polices” –> Computing.… Continue Reading

UCS Director Infrastructure Setup

UCS Director Infrastructure Setup

UCS Director is a cloud management platform and thus requires some infrastructure to deploy the orchestrated workloads. In many cases UCS Director can also orchestrate the configuration and deployment of bare metal or hardware as well, such as configuring new VLANs on switches, deploying operating systems on blades and setting hardware profiles etc. This post… Continue Reading

Execute vRO Workflow from AWS Lambda

The use cases here are open for debate, but you can setup a serverless call to vRealize Orchestrator to execute your custom orchestration tasks. Maybe you’re integrating this with an Amazon IoT button, or you want voice deployments with Amazon Echo, or maybe you’re just trying to provide access to your workflows based on a… Continue Reading

Execute vRO Workflow from AWS Lambda
Add Custom Items to vRealize Automation

Add Custom Items to vRealize Automation

vRealize Automation lets us publish vRealize Orchestrator workflows to the service catalog, but to get more functionality out of these XaaS blueprints, we can add the provisioned resources to the items list. This allows us to manage the lifecycle of these items and even perform secondary “Day 2 Operations” on these items later. For the example… Continue Reading