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Month: November 2019

Windows Server 2019 Template Issues

I experienced this issue when working on a particular platform, it was a weird one so thought I would document it. The Issue I had a Windows Server 2019 template that I had created and tested deploying within vCenter, no issues at all. I then proceeded to create a blueprint in vRA (vRealize Automation) to allow Windows Server 2019 VMs to be built. Tested a build and failed (timed out and deleted). Windows was just…

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Remove vRA VM Expired Snapshots

Allowing users to create snapshots against VMs using vRA (vRealize Automation) is great, however left unchecked could cause an issue with snapshots growing too large. I created a vRO workflow that can delete snapshots after they expire. Set the workflow to run on a schedule and never worry about snapshots growing too large ever again. Instructions Download the dev.vautomation.expiredsnapshots.package zip file below Extract the zip file to get the vRO (vRealize Orchestrator) package file Import…

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Manage vRA VM Custom Properties using vRO

Custom properties (or property definitions) in vRA (vRealize Automation) are very flexible, allowing you to store information against a VM. These custom properties can be used to filter on event subscriptions or the values can be extracted and used within vRO (vRealize Orchestrator) workflows and actions. The downside is once these custom properties have been set during a build they are not easy to change, not to mention if you create new custom properties they…

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Manage Event Subscriptions for a Tenant using vRA API

Event subscriptions in vRA (vRealize Automation) are very flexible, allowing you to customise more or less anything you want using vRO (vRealize Orchestrator) code. Since event subscriptions are created in each tenant they can be a bit of a nightmare to manage, especially when things need to change and all tenants should have the same subscriptions. I created a couple of vRO workflows that can “Get” and “Set” event subscriptions via the vRA API. This…

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Generate SSL Certificate on Windows

SSL certificates are needed for a variety of reasons and depending on your environment it can be very easy or very hard to get the certificate(s) you want created. This is a nice easy method of generating a certificate on Windows. Put the below text into a file and save it as “{FQDN}.inf”. All the value between { and } should be changed to your required values, other than the 2.5.29.17 = “{text}” line, this…

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Arrival of vRealize Automation (vRA) 8

vRealize Automation (vRA) 8 has arrived but it might as well be called something else, it is that different to previous versions. The first and probably major difference to mention is the architecture. Previous versions involved having the vRA appliance (running postgres) and Windows servers including a Microsoft SQL database running the IaaS components. vRA 8 combines all these components into a single appliance running kubernetes containers. You can see the VMware reference diagram below…

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