Category Archives: vCAC

Getting Started with vRealize Automation Course

Getting Started with vRealize Automation Course

  If you’re trying to get started with vRealize Automation and don’t know where to get started, you’re in luck. Pluralsight has just released my course on “Getting Started with vRealize Automation 7”, which will give you a great leg up on your new skills. In this course you’ll learn to install the solution, configure… Continue Reading

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

AWS Cloud Formation Templates in vRealize Automation

AWS Cloud Formation Templates in vRealize Automation

Amazon has a pretty cool service that allows you to create a template for an entire set of infrastructure. This isn’t a template for a virtual machine, or even a series of virtual machines, but a whole environment. You can create a template with servers, security groups, networks and even PaaS services like their relational… Continue Reading

Create a Day 2 Operations Wrapper

Create a Day 2 Operations Wrapper

Just deploying virtual machines in an automated fashion is probably the most important piece of a cloud management platform, but you still need to be able to manage the machines after they’ve been deployed.  In order to add more functionality to the portal, we can create post deployment “actions” that act on our virtual machine.… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation 6 with NSX – NAT

vRealize Automation 6 with NSX – NAT

You’re network isn’t fully on IPv6 yet? Ah, well don’t worry you’re certainly not alone, in fact you’re for sure in the majority. Knowing this, you’re probably using some sort of network address translation (NAT). Luckily, vRealize Automation can help you deploy translated networks as well as routed and private networks with a little help… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation 6 with NSX – Initial Setup of NSX

Before we can start deploying environments with automated network segments, we need to do some basic setup of the NSX environment. NSX Manager Setup It should be obvious that you need to setup NSX Manager, deploy controllers and do some host preparation. These are basic setup procedures just to use NSX even without vRealize Automation… Continue Reading

vRealize Automation Load Balancer Settings

vRealize Automation Load Balancer Settings

I found some conflicting information about setting up load balancers for vRealize Automation in a Distributed installation, specifically around Health Checks. The following health checks were found to work for a fully distributed installation of vRA 6.2.2. vRealize Automation Appliances This is the pair of vRealize Automation Linux appliances that are deployed via OVA file.… Continue Reading