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!

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