Today sees the General Availability of vRealize Automation 7.6, VMware’s Cloud Management solution.
I get excited by new releases as the product is maturing and new features and integrations are added each time. This release is no different. Below are some of the changes you can expect to find.
A number of VMware exams will be retired on August 30th 2019. The table below shows the exams to be retired and the exams taking their place:
|Retiring Exam||Replacement Exam|
|2V0-620 / vSphere 6 Foundations Exam||2V0-01.19 / vSphere 6.7 Foundations Exam|
|2V0-602 / vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam||2V0-01.19 / vSphere 6.7 Foundations Exam|
|2V0-631 / VCP6-CMA Exam||2V0-31.19 / Professional vRealize Automation 7.6 Exam 2019|
|2V0-731 / VCP7-CMA Exam||2V0-31.19 / Professional vRealize Automation 7.6 Exam 2019|
|3V0-633 / VCAP6-CMA Deploy Exam||3V0-31.18 / Advanced Deploy vRealize Automation 7.3 Exam 2018|
|2V0-621 / VCP6-DCV Exam||2V0-21.19 / Professional vSphere 6.7 Exam 2019|
|2V0-621D / VCP6-DCV Delta Exam||2V0-21.19 / Professional vSphere 6.7 Delta Exam 2019|
|2V0-622 / VCP6.5-DCV Exam||2V0-21.19 / Professional vSphere 6.7 Exam 2019|
|2V0-622D / VCP6.5-DCV Delta Exam||2V0-21.19 / Professional vSphere 6.7 Delta Exam 2019|
|3V0-623 / VCAP6-DCV Deploy Exam||3V0-21.18 / Advanced Deploy vSphere 6.5 Exam 2018|
|3V0-625 / VCAP6.5-DCV Deploy Exam||3V0-21.18 / Advanced Deploy vSphere 6.5 Exam 2018|
|2V0-51.18 / Professional Horizon 7.5 Exam 2018||2V0-51.19 / Professional Horizon 7.7 Exam 2019|
|2V0-651 / VCP6-DTM Exam||2V0-51.19 / Professional Horizon 7.7 Exam 2019|
|2V0-751 / VCP7-DTM Exam||2V0-51.19 / Professional Horizon 7.7 Exam 2019|
|2V0-761 / VCP Digital Workspace 2018 Exam||2V0-61.19 / Professional WorkspaceOne Exam 2019|
These retirements are due partly to the end-of-life of some products (vRA 6.x for example), but also to the alignment of certifications with year branding.
My focus on a day-to-day basis for most of the last five years has been on cloud automation and orchestration, more specifically with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO). I’ve worked with a variety of customers in different verticals (government, finance, service provider) to help them design and deploy an automation platform and create services to automate many use-cases, both common and unique.
So naturally, my interest in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that does the job too was always going to manifest itself. The day has arrived though that VMware are officially launching that service. Yesterday, January 15th 2019, VMware Cloud Automation Services became generally available.
Having upgraded my vRA instance in my HomeLab to 7.4 not long after it GA’d, I recently decided to create some nice, new templates as well. You know, latest patches, hardware, basic config etc.
I won’t bore you with exactly how I installed Windows, patched it or configured it. The relevant part of the process to this article was the installation of the vRA Guest Agent and subsequent testing of it.
I already had my vRA blueprint configured; just a simple Windows Server 2012 R2 template that has the vRealize LogInsight agent installed and configured on it automatically as part of the provision process:
Installing the vRA Guest Agent
This is a documented process to install the software agent on a Virtual Machine that is then subsequently turned in to a template. For vRA 7.4, the documentation can be found on VMware’s site:
This worked without issue. I shutdown the machine, turned it in to a template and update my blueprint.
Testing the new template
This is where I ran in to an issue. Continue Reading
If you’re looking at taking one of the VMware Advanced Professional exams listed below, you might want to get your skates on as they’re being retired at the end of September:
- VCAP6 – Data Centre Virtualization Design (VCAP6-DCV Design)
- VCAP6 – Cloud Management and Automation Design (VCAP6-CMA Design)
- VCAP6 – Desktop and Mobility Design (VCAP6-DTM Design)
Slots for these exams will start to run out in the next few weeks, so book up now if you want to take them.
All available exams and certifications are detailed on VMware’s certification page. If you want to check the list of retired or retiring exams, the document detailing those can be found here.
A new vRA / vRO Extensibility course is scheduled to be held in the UK in February 2018. It will provide detailed information on how to leverage the power of vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator.
I should point out that it’s a beta course, so it may not be 100% polished and pristine. However, the course is focussed on version 7.3 of both products (the latest at the time of writing) so it will be bang up-to-date and help you learn the “art of the possible”.
The course runs for a full week from Monday 19th February at VMware’s UK office in Staines. If you’re new to vRA and vRO, or you want to take your automation beyond simple virtual machine deployment then this course will likely benefit you. If you don’t manage to get on it, I’m sure there will be further opportunities throughout the year.
Extensibility Topics Covered
The topics covered by the course include:
- The basics of vRO workflows
- Design considerations for vRO workflows
- Development of vRO workflows
- Extending vRA using the Event Broker
- Using vRO workflows with vRA’s Event Broker
- Using vRO workflows to provide XaaS catalog items and resource actions
- Working with REST APIs using vRO
You can register for the course via VMware’s myLearn website.
I thought I’d update my homelab’s primary vCenter to the latest and greatest (6.5 update 1d), when I encountered an issue with the root password. The update showed up ok in the appliance’s VAMI interface and I selected to install it but an error quickly showed up:
Not ready, huh? When I clicked on the “Show Details” button, I saw a message informing me that the root password had expired or expiring soon:
Well ok, I’ll go and reset it and turn off the expiry I thought. (That process is covered in the vCenter documentation.) But noooo, permission denied! The password couldn’t be set and the expiry settings could not be changed. Continue Reading
VMware’s Office of the CTO (OCTO) runs an annual programme internally to appoint a limited number of outstanding individuals as CTO Ambassadors (CTOA). Broadly, the role of an ambassador is to help ensure a tight collaboration between VMware’s R&D and VMware’s customers.
CTO Ambassadors come from customer facing roles within VMware (such as SEs, PSO, TAMs and GSS). A good number of them are involved with, or are usually present at VMware’s customer focussed events (such as vForum, VMUGs and VMworld). With the new year comes a number of newly minted CTOAs. Whilst I can’t count myself amongst them, I’d just like to say a big, public “congratulations” to everyone that has been selected as a 2018 ambassador.
I was absent from the VMUG scene for the entirety of 2016 for a number of reasons. I’m determined to make amends this year and I’m jumping in at the deep end!
A week from today is the first South West UK VMUG for 2017 and I’m going to be presenting a session. Registration for the event is open now; so if you’re in the area, drop by. As usual, it’s at the mShed in Bristol.
VMware have a gift for you this Valentine’s day. VMworld 2017 call for papers is open today!
This year, VMworld US and VMworld Europe are closer together. Only two weeks separate the two events. I’m interested to see how that changes the makeup of the sessions and announcements. Of course, to make the best assessment I’d have to be at both conferences. Time to talk to my manager and get some session ideas submitted!
CFP is open now until March 14th 2017.