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

Building containerized apps through vRealize Automation

20161114-1As a cloud admin, you need a certain toolset to get the job done. Occasionally these tools are not readily available, or updated ones are released and you need to be able to consume them without too much fuss. Running these apps as containers are often a great way to achieve this, and by far the best way of provisioning them is though vRealize Automation. 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