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vRO 7.6 XaaS form support clarification

When vRealize Orchestrator 7.6 became generally available last week (and related to the simultaneous availability of vRealize Automation 7.6), an eagle-eyed VMware Partner spotted a statement in the release notes under the Feature and Support Notice section.

One of the statements in that section initially read:

vRealize Automation XAAS forms support only workflows created in the Orchestrator Legacy Client.

I asked a colleague in the Cloud Management Business Unit (CMBU) about this and was eventually put in touch with the right person in R&D who could expand on the meaning further.

The statement has now been adjusted to read:

The input parameter constraints of workflows created or edited in the vRealize Orchestrator Client do not automatically transfer to the XaaS blueprint request form in vRealize Automation. When using these workflows in XaaS operations, you must manually define the input parameters constraints in the XaaS blueprint request form. This limitation does not impact workflows created and edited exclusively in the Orchestrator Legacy Client.

It is important to note that in vRO 7.6, the term “vRealize Orchestrator Client” refers to the new HTML5 web client, whereas the term “vRealize Orchestrator Legacy Client” is used to describe the Java client that anyone used to vRO knows very well! In case you haven’t yet seen the new HTML5 client for vRO, I have a screenshot of it in my posting on the availability of vRA 7.6, and I’ll paste it here too.

Workflow schema open for editing in vRO 7.6
Workflow schema open for editing in vRO 7.6

Going back to the clarification, it means that workflows that are created / edited in the new client interface will not automatically have their presentation settings imported when adding the workflow as a XaaS blueprint or when refreshing the form design. Instead, a custom form would have to be created. The functionality is unaffected when using the legacy (Java) client.

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VMworld 2014 – Day 2

Day 2 can often get off to a sluggish start for many. Either from hitting the parties too hard the night before, or misjudging the time required to get into the conference centre, there were still quite a few people arriving after Wednesday’s keynote session had started.

Keynote

The keynote on a Wednesday is usually used to take a closer look at some of the new and forthcoming changes in VMware’s products and this year was no exception. Naturally, vRealize Operations got some attention, but so did CodeStream – VMware’s forthcoming DevOps integration with vRealize Automation. I’m not an application developer myself but it would be interesting to see that in action with real developers using it. If you missed the keynote or are curious about codestream, it’s purpose is to manage the release process of application code into different environments (Test / Acceptance / Pre-Production, Production etc) in accordance with definable processes.

Also of interest in the keynote were Docker containers. This is something I do want to learn more about.

VMUG Leader Lunch

Once the keynote was over I had very little time before attending a lunch meeting for VMUG leaders. As with last year, this was an opportunity to meet VMUG leaders from other European countries – and some from further afield – have a quick lunch  away from some of the noise of the main conference halls and join and open Question & Answer session with Joe Baguely (VMware EMEA CTO) and Pat Gelsinger (I think he’s VMware’s CEO or something :)). The topics discussed ranged from the next version of vSphere, Joe’s designs on Pat’s job, product name choices, through to five-year plans.

Sessions

Probably my favourite session of the day was MGT2047 – Planning a High-Availability Deployment of vRealize Automation. Although I’ve done of this, I decided to go as I wanted to be sure that I’m doing it correctly and that there aren’t any gotchas that I didn’t know about. It’s also an opportunity to meet and question the people who might be able to get me answers in the future.

Hall Crawl

This is a traditional, pre-VMworld-party event that basically involves drinking beer (if that’s your thing) and visiting the vendor stands.

VMworld Party

Sorry if you’re a fan, but Taio Cruz last year wasn’t very good and my sister-in-law laughed very loudly at the idea of him being the entertainment at a technical conference. This year’s band was announced fairly early on and turned out to be Simple Minds. (My brother was a bit jealous.) They may be getting on a bit but they got a great reception and an encore.