vCAC 6.1 Removes VM NICs when a description is changed

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Maybe my google foo is broken, but I couldn't see any mention of this in VMware's KB library. I'm trying to find out if it's also an issue in vRA 6.2 too. Edit 14/05/2015: I'm reliably informed that this is fixed in 6.2. So, what's the problem? Well, I was demonstrating how it was possible to change the description of a VM in vCAC via the "Edit" resource action and how it would also result in the vCenter VM being updated. So, with the description added, I hit Submit. The description is added to the Virtual Machine in vCAC and also vCenter. I then went to to demonstrate a custom action that executes a vRO workflow and was surprised when it failed and complained about the identity of the network being used. A brief bit of … [Read more...]

vRealize Automation v6.2 Announced

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So, vCAC 6.1 was finally announced at VMworld US in August and went GA in early September. Included in that release were some much needed bug fixes and enhancements in a number of key areas: New consumer API Improved partner support with vCO Enhanced integrations with vCloud Suite (specifically ITBM) NSX integration Enhanced Puppet integration Localised Consumer Interface in 12 languages (but crucially not British English!) Bulk import tool User interface configuration Enhanced HA deployment Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have announced that vRealize Automation 6.2 is coming (hopefully in Q4 this year). Besides the obvious name change of the product, this version, coming hot on the heels of 6.1, is intended as a … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe 2014 – Looking forward…

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It's October now and it means that VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner. I'll be attending in Barcelona for what will be my 4th VMworld. It will be the first time that I've ever attended under a full conference pass rather than just as a blogger. However, I don't expect the experience to be hugely different. Perhaps in the general sessions the view will be slightly different but that's about it. My employer, Xtravirt, is sending a number of my colleagues along with me to VMworld this year. Whilst we're all very different people working on different projects, we generally have fairly complementary skillsets and a passion for what we do. Speaking just for myself, I'm really looking forward to VMworld. Like my children's … [Read more...]

NSX 6.1 goes GA

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Hot on the heels of vCAC 6.1 going GA, NSX 6.1 has appeared on VMware's download site today. In addition to micro-segmentation enhancements and updates to the loadbalancer, this version promises better integration with vCAC. I hope to been spinning it up in my lab this weekend. For a full list of changes, see the Release Notes.   … [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...]

Pluralsight launch their first vCAC course

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If you're lucky enough to have a Pluralsight subscription already, then you will already have access to this course. If not, maybe it could be an incentive to get one if you have an interest in vCAC (vCloud Automation Center). Yesterday, online training provider Pluralsight launched their first course aimed at vCAC entitled "Introduction to VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)". The course is authored by Brian Tobia, who has produced a number of other courses for Pluralsight as well. As the name of the course suggests, it's intended as an introduction to vCAC. If you're at all familiar with vCAC, it's not the simplest of products to get to grips with. There are a lot of components to it and it's undergoing a period of intensive … [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...]