vRealize Automation 8 – Identifying Important Gaps in Features, Functionalities, and Integrations (Part 2 of 2)

Limited XaaS Functionality in vRA 8.0

I want to start off by mentioning that VMware is listing Anything as a Service (XaaS) as being “built in” to vRA 8.0. The current implementation of XaaS in vRA8 is only a subset of the functionality that is available in vRA7. In the second part of this series (post 1 is available here) I am going to point out the major differences in XaaS functionality between vRA7 and vRA8.

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vRealize Automation 8 – A First Look at the vRA8 Migration Assessment Tool – Part 2 of 2

Article by Sid Smith

In Part 1 of this two-part series on the vRealize Automation Migration Assessment Tool, we looked at the vRA8 migration tool to see how it might help you plan your migration from vRA7 to vRA8.  In this article, we are going to look at what it will take to migrate your custom workflows from vRA7 to vRA8.  To start, we will explore what a custom workflow looks like to day in vRA7.

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vRealize Automation 8 – Identifying Important Gaps in Features, Functionalities and Integrations – Part 1 of 2

Introduction

As I began to draft this article I took some time to reflect on December of 2015. At the time I was involved with systems architecture for a large organization where we had rolled out vRA 6.2 in production for the first time about 5 months prior. vRealize Automation 7 had just been announced, and we were ready to start working with the new platform to put it through its paces. We installed vRA 7.0 within the next month or two and pretty early on in the process identified that the product was not capable of synchronizing our existing security groups with the solution because of the organization’s policy of having a special character included in the name of the majority of our security groups. We were very familiar with this issue because when we first started working with an earlier version of vRA 6.2, we had run into the same issue. That issue had been remedied in a later version of 6.2, only to have the same issue resurface again in 7.0. It wasn’t until 7.2 that the special character issue was resolved, and then it took us another 8 months to restructure our blueprints, re-write custom code, and migrate the entire environment. 

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vRealize Automation 8 – A First Look at the vRA8 Migration Assessment Tool – Part 1 of 2

Article by Sid Smith

vRealize Automation veterans may still remember the migrations from vRA 5.x to 6.x and 6.x to 7.x. However, for many enterprises utilizing vRealize Automation, the migration from vRA 7.x to vRA 8.x will be your first major vRA migration. In an ideal world these migrations would only take a few clicks of the mouse.  Migrating from vRA7.x to vRA8.x is going to be a lot like switching banks. Trying to figure out all the services that have your bank card on file for automatic billing and moving over automatic bill payments is tedious and time consuming. Which payments are monthly, quarterly, annually, and for how much? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a simple tool to identify and update all the services that you have on auto-pay?

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Use the SovLabs Connector with Custom ServiceNow Workflows

Introduction

When you install the SovLabs ServiceNow Connector Update Set in your environment we create 4 workflows that help when integrating our ServiceNow Connector workflows into your existing business processes and ServiceNow workflows. These workflows can be taken and dropped in to an existing ServiceNow workflow to be leveraged in reaching out to vRealize Automation to submit a request for a Catalog Item. In this post we will use a real world example where we integrate the “SovLabs – Request vRA Catalog Item” workflow in to another ServiceNow workflow where we wrap governance around the request by doing a very simple approval in ServiceNow. Your organization may have more advanced processes and workflows in place, but you can follow the logic below to integrate the SovLabs ServiceNow Connector workflows into your existing ServiceNow workflows. 

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vRA 8 – My First Extensibility Workflow – ABX Edition

Sure, if you want to get technical, this is my second vRA 8 extensibility workflow, but since this is kind of a part 2 to a blog of a similar title with the focus being on an ABX action this time rather than a vRO workflow I figured it couldn’t hurt to use a similar title. This time the focus will be on the new extensibility engine available in vRA 8, Action Based Extensibility, or ABX. Since ABX is brand new, I may take a little more time in explaining each element here. 

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vRA 8 – My First Extensibility Workflow – vRO Edition

As I’m going through trying to wrap my head around the new constructs available in vRA 8, I will be documenting my findings on my blog. This particular article surrounds setting up a very basic vRO workflow to execute at the “Compute Allocation” state. I will be walking through everything required to be able to get it to work from basic workflow setup, to include the input and output formats as well as the Event Subscription setup and execution. This very basic workflow is very simple in nature, I will modify a few tags and custom properties and return them back to the request.

I also have a second post addressing vRA 8 extensibility using Action Based Extensibility (ABX) available here.

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