Integrating vRA with Pivotal Container Service (PKS)


This guide will show you how to integrate vRA with PKS.

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Adding or Updating a vRealize Automation machine’s custom property

Recently I’ve had a few people ask how to add or update a custom property on an already deployed vRealize Automation (vRA) machine. Several people unregistered the machine using CloudClient, updated a blueprint with the new custom property and then bulk imported the machine back into vRA. It’s actually much easier than that.

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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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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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