Automating vSphere VM disk zeroing with vRA7 and vRO

A long time ago, on a project far back in time, the team that I was part of was given a requirement to zero the disks of VMs before they were deleted by vRA / vRO (or vCAC and vCO as they were called back then). One of my colleagues on the project, Jonathan Medd, devised an approach for doing this using an “experimental” PowerCLI feature and wrote it up on his blog. Fast forward nearly two and a half years and I’m looking at an upgrade for this platform and wondering if there’s a way to accomplish the same task in vRO rather than by breaking out to PowerCLI. Don’t get me wrong, I love PowerCLI. But fewer parts would mean that there’s less to go wrong. How to do it then… Disk zeroing in PowerCLI This is still listed as […]

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How to change the vRA 7.2 “All Services” icon using vRO

This post was inspired by Ryan Kelly’s recent post of a similar title in which he revealed how to change the “All Services” icon in the vRA 7.2 Catalog tab. Shortly after seeing that, I noticed that Ricky El-Qasem had also posted on the subject and created a small utility to accomplish the same task. Great posts both of them. But I wanted to take a slightly different route and accomplish the same task in vRO which, as I’m sure you know, comes bundled with vRA. I must admit that I’m not totally satisfied with the result, maybe about 95%, but I’ll explain why later. Selecting a source image For my initial testing, I thought I’d use the image on Ryan’s post as it clearly worked for him. However, the image in his post is JPEG formatted and contains a border. That […]

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Some vRO IP address actions

I just wanted to take this opportunity to share a few vRO actions from my library that I’ve recently tidied up. Some started life as scriptable tasks in other workflows but it made sense to strip those bits out and put them in to discreet actions to enable better re-use. Background Several of these functions came from a single project. The IPAM system in use only returned an IP address for the vRA provisioned VM being worked on and a subnet mask. The gateway address had to be calculated. In another project, similar constraints existed but with the added complication of some networks having the gateway as the first address in the subnet and some having it as the last! A couple of these functions also came in handy for some NSX automation, making sure that a new IP address […]

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Farewell FlowGrab

If you’ve been using vRO (formerly vCO) for any length of time, you might have encountered a third party source code repository service called “FlowGrab” in your travels. It was a great idea and had great potential but its owners weren’t able to maintain and develop it as they wanted to. Sadly, the service was shutdown at the end of October. Dear FlowGrab user and supporter We notified in spring 2016 that FlowGrab is looking for a new, good owner. Today we can state that after all the search and negotiations we have not found it. Therefore we have to execute the scenario that we hoped to avoid – to shut down and unplug FlowGrab.com. If you are an active user – please export your content from FlowGrab.com before 31st October as this is the last day for FlowGrab.com to […]

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vRO

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) is a workflow tool designed to help IT staff simplify complex automation tasks and integrate with numerous third-party systems. It’s a key part of the vRealize Suite and VMware’s SDDC solutions. I’ve been using vRO (formerly vCO) for a number of years, but in the last few years it’s been almost constant in tandem with […]

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