Thursday, June 15, 2017

VMware vRealize Automation 7.3

vRealize Automation 7.3, the next iteration of VMware’s industry-leading cloud automation platform. While this is a an incremental “dot” release on the outside, it packs a punch in feature/functionality on the inside.



This release continues the trend of delivering awesome innovations, improved user experience and greater / deeper integration into the ecosystem its managing. Below is a summary of many of the new features and capabilities that are packed into vRA 7.3.

Enhanced API’s for Deploying, Upgrading and Migrating vRA - A new set of APIs to programmatically install, upgrade, and migrate the platform itself.

REST API Improvements – Customers can now deploy, configure, manage and consume vRealize Automation using a variety of programatic interfaces thanks to vRA’s ever-evolving REST API. VMware has released several new resources to help promote the use of these APIs, including the vRealize Automation Programing Guide, an updated Postman collection that includes several of the most commonly used API’s, and many additions to VMware{code}.

Audit Logging Framework – Tracking and analyzing user activity and security events is a critical enterprise requirement. vRA’s new Audit Logging Framework provides system-wide logging and auditing capabilities to gain additional visibility into your vRA environment. The VAMI-accessible Audit Log Integration option adds seamless integration with vRealize Log Insight and other syslog solutions, enables logging of essential services across IaaS and .net (windows) services, can be used to audit workflow subscriptions, IaaS services and more. The new service can be enabled in the VAMI or via API.

Integrated Health Service – The Health Service (vRPT) has now been integrated into vRealize Automation admin interface.

Parameterized Blueprints – This new feature leverages Size and Image policies to create consistent sizing policies (e.g. Small, Medium, Large, etc) intended to reduce blueprint sprawl.

Intelligent Workload Placement (WLP) – vRealize Automation can now use data in vRealize Operations (version 6.6) to provide analytics-based capacity management on vSphere. This includes the initial placement of a new instance, optimised according to performance goals, a ‘Balance’ policy used to maintain maximum headroom in case of spikes and a ‘Consolidate’ policy to leave space for large workloads.

Container Management – vRealize Automation now natively supports VMware Integrated Containers (VIC), allowing admins to add/manage VCH instances in vRA with a feature set similar traditional Docker hosts. vRA 7.3 also adds support for Docker volumes, allowing authors to create / attach volumes to containers and deploy volumes with container apps.

Config Automation Framework – vRA 7.3 adds native integration with Puppet, allowing actions such registering Puppet Master as an endpoint, drag-and-dropping Puppet nodes, dynamically querying Puppet Master, environment, and roles.


Azure Public Cloud Service Design Enhancements – A number of enhancements to the new Azure Endpoint like the ability to select, drag-and-drop software components on Azure machines in the blueprint designer, specify software properties on the blueprint designer and on the request form plus a set of pre-populated forms and dropdowns.


The control of NSX Endpoints is now extended to:

NSX on-demand NAT

  • Port forwarding rules can be configured at design time
  • Rules can be ordered
  • Rules can be added, removed, and reordered after you create them
NSX Security Group and Tag Management

  • Able to add existing NSX security groups or tags to a running application
  • Able to disassociate NSX security groups and tags from applications
High Availability Automated for NSX Edge Services

  • Edge high-availability mode in the blueprint provides high availability for all edge services to an application when it is deployed
  • Configurable per blueprint based on application availability needs
  • Use custom properties to determine high availability at request time
  • Adds high availability for load balancing, NAT, firewall, and so on
NSX Edge Size Selection

  • Able to specify deployment size for NSX Edge Services Gateway (ESG)
  • Configurable per-blueprint based on application needs or scale
  • Uses custom properties for size selection at request time

Friday, May 12, 2017

Beta Launch of docs.vmware.com

Today we are pleased to announce the beta launch of the docs.vmware.com site. This portal unifies the product documentation for all products, versions, and languages into a single site so you can find the information that you are looking for more quickly. VMware products offer a wide range of business solutions from desktop virtualization to support your hybrid cloud. We’ve heard your feedback that finding the right information can be difficult. Our search was out of date, the look and feel was not modern, the content was siloed, and the docs were not available on mobile devices. To address these problems, we decided to create a new site from scratch. The design of this site is meant to enable you to better filter content, find relevant answers, and create custom views of information that you can access on any device.


Filter to Find What You Need

With tens of thousands of pages of information, you need help reducing the scope of content to the products that you care about. Use the filters to limit your search to particular products, versions, or information types.



Let us know if you want to get involved in helping us evolve our docs. Expect to hear more about the docs.vmware.com site as we prepare for the official launch.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Find “Zombie” VMDK files


Today’s post is titled find “Zombie” vmdk files , I was recently working with a customer whose task was to find out multiple snapshots that are not displayed in the snapshot manager.

I tried a lot of time to skip this problem with consolidation of the Virtual Machine but in this scenario this solution seems that doesn’t work.
The reason behind this task was that many of the virtual Machine where snapshot remove from virtual machine and the customer was not sure on how to clear up the “Zombi” vmdk files.
In order to remove safely the snapshots that you see in your vCenter you have to dig a little from the esxi hosts , my choice ran it RVTools and export the vCenter report.
vHealth tab that showed all Zombie VMDK’s “zombie” VMs and also listed VM’s that where named differently from their corresponding folder.

Friday, January 6, 2017

VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) Editions

I was recently working with RFP for one of the Existing customer, this project is for remote site ESXi refresh. I found there is lot of inconsistency with ESXi version. All are running with Enterprise puls and found more than 70 + sites running with less than 15 VMs.

There are various ways that we can go ahead and refresh these ESXi hosts. I found another alternate solution with cost savings called vSphere ROBO ( Remote office Branch office ) licenses which is more cost effective and licenses are provided by VMWARE with virtual machine based pack.

VSphere ROBO is 25 VM’s pack , this is applicable for sites with maximum 25 VMs only and can also be shared between sites.

Customers can purchase these editions in packs of 25 Virtual Machines (VMs). A maximum of 1 pack can be deployed per remote site or branch office. Customers can choose to distribute a pack of 25 Virtual Machines across sites (e.g., 5 VMs in Site 1, 5 VM in Site 2 etc.).

Customers can centrally manage their ROBO hosts using VMWare vCenter server Standard or locally using vCenter server foundation.

VSphere ROBO is available in Standard and advanced version. Here, I will list the key features and components.



I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!

VMware vRealize Automation 7.3

vRealize Automation 7.3, the next iteration of VMware’s industry-leading cloud automation platform. While this is a an incremental “dot” r...