vRealize Automation 6.2 is GA

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your downloads! vRealize Automation 6.2 (formerly known as vCloud Automation Center) has gone GA today. Beside the usual raft of fixes, the major focus for this release is the integration with vRealize Operations 6.0 (formerly known as vCenter Operations Manager). Download VMware vRealize Automation 6.2 Also updated to download are: vRealize Business (formerly ITBM) vRealize Operations Insight (a combination of vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight) vRealize Operations (formerly vCenter Operations Manager) And finally, all new and shiny is vRealize Code Stream. This, I am really looking forward to as it's aimed at providing continuous delivery of software releases. And that could … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.1 goes GA

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Ping! It's baked and out of the oven at last. vCAC 6.1 has hit a download server near you. I've been waiting for this for a while now, so what's new? From my perspective some of the most interesting new bits are: Tighter Puppet integration Enhanced support for NSX (including the use of NSX / vCNS workflows as actions in the vCAC Advanced Service Designer) - I need to try this out! vCenter Orchestrator plugin enabled scripting of entities including Catalog, Approvals, Entitlements, Advanced Service Designer etc (I've wanted this for a while now) vCAC support for Windows Server 2012 SP1 R2 (.NET 4.5.1) But there's plenty more (see the Release Notes). … [Read more...]

vCO “Plugin” for NSX

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If you're starting to get your hands dirty with NSX and want to automate some operations using vCenter Orchestrator (vCO), there's now a plugin for it that's been released into the community by Christophe Decanini (who writes on the vCOTeam blog and works for VMware). It's not a traditional plugin for vCenter Orchestrator in the same way that there are plugins for vCenter / vCAC / Infoblox etc. Instead it's built on the Dynamic Types plugin that was launched with version 5.5 Update 1 of vCO. The goal of the plugin is to create the ability to offer NSX "as-a-service" operations as catalog items within vCAC. The creation and manipulation of security groups and policies along with the ability to associate VMs with these objects can all … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.0.1, Inaccessible Tenants, and Missing Identity Stores

With vCAC 6.0.x, there is a bug in the SSO appliance where several symptoms present all at the same time: Authentication to AD or LDAP identity stores fails, returning the user to the blank authentication screen. When logged-in to the default tenant as administrator (usually 'administrator@vsphere.local'), accessing tenant identity stores results in a 'System Exception' error. Tenant Admins cannot add or edit identity stores. This is a documented bug, as listed in VMware KB Article 2075011, and at the time of writing there is a workaround. The issue as documented is the administrator account in the default tenant expires 90 days after implementation of the appliance. I came across this issue, and was for a while not … [Read more...]

vCAC 5.2.1 Released

I missed this on Thursday. It slipped out quite quietly. However, VMware have now released version 5.2.1 of vCloud Automation Center. Possibly the best way to view this release is as an update-rollup as it includes features and fixes introduced in each of the following Hotfixes to 5.2: Hotfix 1 Hotfix 2 Hotfix 3 Hotfix 4 Hotfix 5 Hotfix 6 Also included are a few changes that seem to me to be aimed at closing a few gaps between 5.2 and 6.0. As far as upgrades go, the upgrade path seems to be from 5.2 only or 5.2.1 can be installed from scratch. There are a couple of installation / upgrade gotchas to be aware of so it's worth reading the release notes before planning an upgrade. I'll be giving it a try in the next few … [Read more...]

vCAC 5.2 – Accidental Deletion of a non-vCAC VM

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It was tempting to call this article "vCAC Ate My VM" but it's not a useful description of what it's actually about. I was onsite with a customer recently when an odd bit of behaviour occurred whilst testing some out some code in the BuildingMachine stub. I've reproduced what happened in my home lab and while it's a bit worrying and probably a bug, I'd hesitate to ring the alarm bells too loudly. A bit of scene setting is required to explain this first. The customer wanted to use user specified machine names. The blueprints in use have been configured to request a machine name from the person requesting a VM. This name is also used for the VM's guest OS hostname during the customization of the VM. Understandably this has to be … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.0.1 Released

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Sometime late last night, VMware popped version 6.0.1 of vCloud Automation Center on to their download site. This is a maintenance release designed to fix a few of the issues that exist within the 6.0 GA version of vCAC. They're too numerous to list here but there are a handful that are relevant to my current project and my home lab setup. However, I won't be installing it straight away. Known Issues Before embarking on an upgrade, read the release notes CAREFULLY! There are quite a number of known issues that will bite you if you're not prepared for them. For instance, the upgrade will revert vCAC to use the internal vCO instance rather than the external one if you've configured that. Also, .NET 4.5.1 is still not supported. … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.0 Announced

vCAC 6.0 was announced in Tuesday's General Session and it's expected to be generally available in mid-November 2013. For me, this is the most exciting announcement to come out of VMworld Europe. It's all about building, deploying and managing application catalogs. VMware acquired DynamicOps in mid-2012 and managed to rebrand and launch it as vCloud Automation Center 5.1 at VMworld last year. There has since been a 5.2 release but 6.0 includes some very significant changes. Two of the biggest are: Appliances! vCAC installation has historically been a bit of a pig. 5.2 has its own pre-requisite checker and a number of hoops to jump through to get it up and running. Jonathan Medd even recently produced a superb PowerShell script to … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting vCloud Automation Center Endpoints and vCloud Director 5.1

BACKGROUND Note: For this troubleshooting article, I'm using vCloud Director 5.1 and vCloud Automation Center 5.2. Having fun with my lab. Lots of fun - and as readers may have noticed, my current focus is around deploying vCloud Director (vCD) and integrating it with vCloud Automation Center (vCAC). However, all is not plain sailing. Firstly, the installation of vCAC v5.2 is much better than installing v5.1. By better I mean more streamlined, the deployment packages retain more explanation, and lots of the installation 'gotchas' have been either removed, fixed or simply hidden from the installation process. I'll not detail the installation process here as there are lots of other guides out there. This break-fix article is about a … [Read more...]

vCAC Agent Install ‘RepoUtil.exe’ Error

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Like many out there, I am upgrading my lab environment to the new vCloud Automation Center, since 5.2 was released. The installation process is a little different, and shows evidence of the transition from the old DynamicOps product to one more inline with the other vCloud Suite offerings. I will write-up another post about the full installation of vCAC 5.2 in due course, but in the meantime this is a quick heads-up to make sure to read the requirements documents before completing the install. vCould Automation Center 5.1 used to require DotNet 4.0 to be installed for Endpoint agents to run correctly. If you are in a lab environment and are happy to build and burn your existing vCAC deployment, then mostly an installation in situ will … [Read more...]