When adding extensibility to your vRealize Automation platform, it’s important to get the basics right first. All too often it’s tempting to rush off and build complex blueprints whilst forgetting about the building blocks of good infrastructure, like naming and IPAM. Here I’m going to demonstrate how I do custom naming for workloads in my environment. Continue reading
I’m currently working on a project which enables cloud consumers to request a full VMware Horizon environment straight from the vRealize Automation catalog. This will provision Connection Servers, a Composer server, UAGs – all load-balanced using VMware NSX. Exciting, but not without its challenges. The first being… Horizon wouldn’t install. Continue reading
Recently a customer I was working with had the need to ensure that deployments of a certain service category had a lower lease time than others. So all blueprints would have no maximum lease time configured, but if a customer chose a “DevTest” catalog item, then the lease time is set to seven days. Continue reading
In HobbitCloud we have the ability to deploy vRealize Automation workloads to multiple sites. This enables us to leverage different technologies like NSX for vSphere and NSX-T, without having to mix both in the same site. It also means that if we have to scale up workloads for certain projects, we can utilise different clusters. Continue reading
In part 1 of this short series we used vRO to create a bearer token for connecting to Microsoft Azure. Now we will create some new components and a master workflow for provisioning our AKS Cluster, to enable our developers to request public cloud Kubernetes straight from vRealize Automation. Continue reading
Kubernetes (k8s) is arguably one of the hottest technologies right now. Whether it’s building your own in the private cloud, leveraging vendor implementations to compliment your enterprise apps or consuming public cloud varieties like Amazon Web Service’s EKS – there’s no shortage of ways to deploy k8s.
A few days ago I had the strange need to capture a requester’s business group in a custom property whilst provisioning resources in vRealize Automation.
Whilst obtaining this information post-provisoning is simple enough, I couldn’t find an obvious way to do this at first. Then I sat down and thought about it. Continue reading
HobbitCloud has been enjoying somewhat of an infrastructure refresh recently, with the entire estate being renamed and Windows Servers migrating to 2016 and 2019. Part of this project was to increase resilience in my on-premise data warehouse by implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn Availability Group (AAG) running on Windows Server Core. Continue reading
When large enterprises deploy a cloud management platform like VMware vRealize Automation, they often have a number of different environments. To ensure best practices, blueprints and orchestration scripts are created in development before being tested in another environment, before finally being transported into Continue reading
A 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