Don’t forget about DTC when migrating your vRealize Automation IaaS database

20161114-1HobbitCloud 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

Moving vRealize Automation blueprints between environments with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.2

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

“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

Deploying containers with vRealize Automation 7.2 – Part 1: Containers

20161114-1This week I have been designing a vRealize Automation 7.2 solution for a customer. One of the things that came out of the solution requirements workshop was the ability for vRA to deploy and potentially manage containers. Whilst I knew it was possible, it encouraged me to look deeper at the technology. Thankfully it wasn’t long before a use case emerged. Continue reading