vRealize Orchestrator Index ‘0’ specified is out of bounds

I was trying use vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.2 with vSphere 6.5 GA and U1 the other day and was receiving the following error when I selected vRO Servers under Inventory in the vSphere Web Client:

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What does vRealize Automation’s Unregister action do?

Today I had a customer say that they added the vRA “Unregister (Machine)” entitlement to their account but were unable to see the Unregister action in the Actions dropdown list:

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Integrating vRealize Automation 7.3 with Puppet Enterprise

Starting with vRealize Automation 7.3 (vRA) there is native integration with Puppet. This means that there are now Puppet object within the vRA interface that you can drag and drop onto your blueprints as well as select Puppet constructs such as roles from dynamic drop down lists while building and deploying vRA blueprints. You can read the annoucement from Puppet here. Puppet has also provided some starter content to make getting up and running quick.

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vRealize Automation Softare Provisioning with Ansible, Powershell, Jenkins and GitLab

I’m going to show you how you can use vRealize Automation (vRA), Ansible, Powershell, GitLab and Jenkins together to test software deployments. There are many ways to accomplish what I’m going to demonstrate, but I’m going the simple route in most cases as it will be easier to cover in blog form. Throughout the post I’ll point out other options you may want to explore.

The end result is that when we push new code to our repository it will kick off a Jenkins job that will provision a vRA machine which will proceed to install software based off our updated code.

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Troubleshooting vRealize Automation Provisioning

If you’ve worked with vRealize Automation (vRA) for any amount of time you’ve most likely experienced a provision that has either failed or gotten stuck in progress. I’m going to show how you can begin troubleshooting these scenarios.

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Preparing CentOS 7 vRA templates with Ansible

In my lab I’m often spinning up new instances of vRealize Automation (vRA) and need to configure CentOS 7 templates. I created this Ansible playbook to get a freshly installed CentOS 7.2 minimal machine ready to be used by vRA. This is my first attempt and I’ll be modifying it to make it more usable. The playbook can be found at Github. Read the rest of this entry »


Using Powershell to work with vRealize Automation work items

I’m going to show how to use Powershell to access a vRealize Automation (vRA) work item and use the work item data to add the machine requestor to the local admins group of the provisioned machine.

This script is for demonstration purposes only and not intended for production use. Please do not call VMware GSS with questions relating to this post as they will not be able to assist.

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