Using custom properties to govern Service in vRA 6.2

We all have been impressed with governance engine of vRA/vCAC. Governance is biggest advantage over vCloud Director. Approval policies are the crux of governance. I have explained in detailed approval policies in my previous post. Approval policies can have multiple level and can span across your different divisions e.g. IT, HR, Finance. These policies are little bit revised in vRA 6.2 to leverage extensibility aspect. Again this revision is brought due to customer demand. In previous release if end user has specific requirement and is requesting something, If it is not available, workflow use to end and user has to request service again with different requirement. This was especially true for custom properties. For system property it was possible to do so, however system defined property have very limited scope. Continue reading Using custom properties to govern Service in vRA 6.2

Using VCO (vRO) to drive automation for vRA (vCAC) using Custom Properties

This post in many ways a repetition of Post1, Post2 and Post3. This post is about achieving same thing using new ways. When I did these posts I was unaware of this method. It took me quite long to get along. There are few basic steps you must complete before you can use this post. There are good number blogs which are covering it.  vCAC Plug for vCO was introduced sometime back and it made thing simpler further to make vRA and vRO talk with each other. Initial steps are very well covered here. By my own admission it is pretty simple to do it. Continue reading Using VCO (vRO) to drive automation for vRA (vCAC) using Custom Properties

Bulk Import VMs into vRealize Automation (vRA/vCAC)


In the previous post we discussed consideration and steps to be taken for successful bulk import of VMs. In this post I would like to explain the procedure of importing VMs into vRA. A word of caution “The unmanaged machines are recorded during last successful data collection. Any new machines on the endpoint will not appear until next successful data collection”. By default inventory collection happens only once in a 24 hours. Continue reading Bulk Import VMs into vRealize Automation (vRA/vCAC)

Considerations while Bulk Importing VMs into vCAC/vRA

Why we need to import VMs

In 90% of the cases vRealize Automation (vRA) and formerly known as vCloud Automation vCenter (vCAC) will be a brown field deployment. Brown field environment suggest you already have virtual infrastructure in place. Post deployment of vRA, customer would naturally like to allow end users to manage their own VMs. What if customer has 1000 VMs and you need import these VMs. Very next question comes from customer  “is there a way to migrate existing VMs into vRA” Answer is of course Yes. It can be done using either Infrastructure organizer or Bulk import utility.

Bulk importing of VMs into vRA was introduced in vRA 6.1. Virtual machines which are not under vRA are referred as Unmanaged. If you would like end user to control their VMs using vRA, VMs must be imported into vRA. Such VMs are referred as Managed VMs. Continue reading Considerations while Bulk Importing VMs into vCAC/vRA

Cost Profiles in vRealize Automation

Recently I was queried on how to apply cost profile. I thought, it is super simple to do so. However when I tried in my lab, it took quite a while to find cost profiles screen and how does it work. While working on cost profile in my lab I realized few things. In this post I’m sharing how to use cost profiles and how it is related to compute resources, Fabric group

You have to associate Cost profiles with compute resources. Compute resources is pool of clusters available in your endpoint. This is the single most thing I would like you to take as a learning from this post. Compute resource is in turn associated with fabric. There is direct relationship between compute resource and fabric. So when you create a fabric, you also carry along cost profile defined at the compute resource. Fabric admin creates reservation i.e. carves the chunk out of the fabric. Cost profiles get carried to this chunk. So cost profile applies to all the VMs created out of the fabric. Since it is fabric based operation, you need Fabric admin credentials to do this job. Continue reading Cost Profiles in vRealize Automation

vCAC 6.1 (vRA) Distributed Architecture Installation Guide Made easy –[Part –02]

Certificates for Identity Appliance

High level procedure to install and configure identity appliance

  1. Deploy Identity appliance
  2. Power ON appliance
  3. Configure Timezone
  4. Configure Time server
  5. Initialize SSO
  6. Import CA signed certificates
  7. Add Identity appliance to Active directory

Continue reading vCAC 6.1 (vRA) Distributed Architecture Installation Guide Made easy –[Part –02]

vCAC 6.1 (vRA) Distributed Architecture Installation Guide Made easy –[Part –01]

I should start using official rename now. It is vRealize Automation (vRA). This blog post is an attempt to make distributed architecture of vRA 6.1 simpler to install and configure. Please note this tested in lab. Recommendation is purely for lab testing before you try out in production

Below slide explains the high level procedure you must follow for successful installation of distributed architecture Continue reading vCAC 6.1 (vRA) Distributed Architecture Installation Guide Made easy –[Part –01]

How to use Reservation Policy to place VMDKs across different datastores

Reservation policy is often unused feature and to some extend not fully understood. Primary reason could be that reservation policy creation process very simple and during policy creation we don’t glue pieces together. That being said there are very valid use cases for using reservation policy and comes very handy in VM Placement. One of the core principles of Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) suggests we need to have policy based automation and common management platform across the entire infrastructure.

With reservation policy we address this requirement. It is my personal belief that features in any products are aimed to solve some or other business problems. All we should attempt is to find those relevant business case or help someone find them. In this blog I aim for later.

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