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Practitioner's Guide to vRealize Automation

Dynamically Retrieving Compute Resource Locations
One of the most common queries I get is how to make the Location value mandatory. Following closely on the heels of this query is how you can use the Location value as a means of filtering other elements as part of a request. The bad news is that you can’t do either of these things with the default Location dropdown. The good news is that you can work around it with the use of...
Learning the vRA API: Part 3 – The Consumer API: Requesting a Catalog Item
In this post we are going to slip into Scott’s shoes – our “user” persona as discussed in the previous post. Scott is primarily interested in being able to request catalog items, as well as interacting with items that he requested previously.
Revisiting Multi-Tenancy in vRealize Automation
One of the things that I am asked about at each dot release of vRealize Automation is what changes to multi-tenancy have been introduced. While I took a fairly hard stance on this back in the 6.x days, I’m pleased to say that I can hand on heart say that my misgivings have largely been put to bed.
Learning the vRA API: Part 2 – Building Your First API Call
This will be the last “admin” style post that I will write before we really start to get into the meat of working with the API. It’s not exciting, but important to get right. Read on, and if I’m going too slowly then you should skip to the end where we make our first request.
Learning the vRA API: Part 1 – Getting Started
I seem to spend a lot of my time responding to queries about the vRealize Automation API these days. That being the case, I thought it might be worth starting to put together a few blog posts to address some of the common use cases that people are looking to deliver.
VCDX – Doing it Your Way
I drafted this post approximately thirty seven times to try and minimise the amount of time that I spent on the soapbox. I’ll let you decide if I succeeded or not.
Integrating ADFS with vRealize Automation
I was asked this week about the process for using a SAML provider such as ADFS for authentication in vRA.
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.
Viewing All Users with a Given Role
Have you ever wondered who is assigned a particular role? Yeah, me too – all the freaking time.
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 need to emulate them at all – a method exists for handling these relationships and it is a lot more powerful (and simple!) than the previous XML approach.
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.
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?