Keeping Multiple Disks Together

Keeping Multiple Disks Together

Often the most basic examples of a request involve a machine with a single disk. In that simple use case, exposing a dropdown to the user to select a specific datastore, datastore cluster or storage policy isn’t onerous. But what happens when you have multiple…

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Viewing All Users with a Given Role

Viewing All Users with a Given Role

Have you ever wondered who is assigned a particular role? Yeah, me too – all the freaking time. I took a look at this problem tonight for a colleague, and found that there is a way to do this (albeit not through the UI). Enter…

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Property Dictionary Relationships in vRA7

Property Dictionary Relationships in vRA7

I’ve been working with a number of customers recently to upgrade their environments to vRA7, and one of the most common questions that is coming up is how we can emulate the relationships that were available in 6.x. The good news is that we don’t…

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A Visual Guide to vRA7 Permissions

A Visual Guide to vRA7 Permissions

One of my more popular posts is the mind maps from the old vCAC days. I figured it was time to update them, so here they are for your viewing pleasure. If you notice anything incorrect, please leave me a comment. Master Menu Layout Application…

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About the Book

About the Book

It’s been roughly a week since my somewhat cryptic “the book is dead, long live the book” tweet. So, what prompted it and what has happened? Last week, Jad and I had a call with our editor over at VMware Press. She informed us that…

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Postman Collection for the vRA7 API

Postman Collection for the vRA7 API

If you find yourself needing to validate API calls, it’s handy to have them all ready to go in something like Postman. Without further ado, here is the complete API set for vRealize Automation 7.0. To get started, take a look at this post from…

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Real Single Sign On with vRA7

Real Single Sign On with vRA7

It appeals to my sense of humour that removing vCenter SSO from vRA has allowed for the introduction of real single sign on in vRA7. This post isn’t revolutionary, in fact you can read how to set this up in our product documentation. Consider this…

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Dynamic Reservation Selection in vRA7

Dynamic Reservation Selection in vRA7

A common question that comes up is whether or not you can select a reservation at request time with vRealize Automation. In previous versions this was pretty clunky, but in 7 it is now pretty straightforward to setup. Before we tackle the “how” let’s look…

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Platypus – vRA7 API Documentation

Platypus – vRA7 API Documentation

One of the most underrated features of vRealize Automation 7 is the new API. With additional platform coverage (I haven’t completely validated but we’re talking upwards of 90%) and the use of HATEOAS, the capabilities that we now have at our fingertips are pretty amazing….

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vRealize Orchestrator and SQL Force Encryption

vRealize Orchestrator and SQL Force Encryption

I’m currently working on an engagement where the customer’s security team has mandated the use of “Force Encryption” on all SQL connections within their SQL 2012 environment. This posed a few challenges when setting up vRO, and since I haven’t found a post that deals…

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