Wednesday Tidbit: Enable VIC-as-a-Service on vRealize Automation with custom SSL certificates

20161114-1vRealize Automation brings a raft of benefits to an organisation. The biggest of these is the ability to enable users to consume complex services without having to rely on the corporate IT department. An example of this is the ability to provision a Docker endpoint, in the form of a vSphere Integrated Containers Virtual Container Host, for developers to deploy containers against. Continue reading

Deploying Kubernetes with vRealize Automation

20161114-1A number of customers are very excited about the upcoming release of PKS. However, some are itching to get started with Kubernetes today, and are wondering how they can leverage VMware’s Cloud Management Platform, vRealize Automation, to do so. In this post I will show how you can design a blueprint which with two clicks can deploy a Kubernetes cluster for your users.  Continue reading

Wednesday Tidbit: Stop failed vRealize Automation software deployments from auto-deleting

This will quite possibly be the shortest, but yet most useful, posts on vRealize Automation you’ve ever read…

If you regularly develop software components for vRA, you’ve undoubtedly discovered that if for some reason a deployment fails, the machine is automatically deleted within a couple of minutes. This is frustrating as it gives you no time to debug why it failed, as all evidence is deleted with the machine.

Thankfully, Sam McGeown shared the answer a couple of weeks back:

So there you have it. One custom property attached to your blueprint will enable you to see why your deployment failed.

This is one of those things I wished I’da known ages ago!

Vulnerability scanning with VMware Harbor 1.2 and Clair – Part 1: Building Harbor

At VMworld 2017 VMware announced the latest release of vSphere Integrated Containers, version 1.2. This release also included updated versions Admiral, VMware’s container management platform; and Harbor, their enterprise-class container registry. VMware makes all these products available to consume from a single OVA which can be Continue reading

“Invalid IP Address input” error when requesting a vRA blueprint via Code Stream

20161114-1The other day I successfully demonstrated the power of Code Stream at the UK North-West VMUG. The Management Pack for IT DevOps (codenamed “Houdini”) migrated blueprints between Development and Production, and at the end of the session I built a pipeline for deploying a WordPress application in development. Even though the audience wouldn’t have Continue reading

Deploying MySQL on CentOS 7 for vRealize Automation blueprints

20161114-1Over the weekend I began preparing a multi-tier application blueprint in vRealize Automation for an upcoming talk at the UK North-West VMUG. Rather than re-invent the wheel (and more importantly because I’m lazy), I decided to re-use a blueprint from the VMware {code} site. The one I’d chosen used MySQL, which for a quick and dirty live demo is ideal.  Continue reading

Wednesday Tidbit: Fix missing Puppet attributes on vRealize Automation blueprints

Occasionally you come across an issue which bugs the hell out of you. Despite wanting needing to resolve it badly, you know it’s going to be a case of trial and error, and it’s going to consume a lot of your time. The other day I came across one these issues, and just as I suspected, the majority of an evening would be spent trying to resolve it. Continue reading