OVA/OVF as a Service in Aria Automation using new Deployment Overview

By | 21. June 2024

The service catalog of Aria Automation can contain services of all flavors from classic virtual machines up to network services. One common ask from customers is to provide services for OVA/OVF appliances which can be requested by the consumer. Those appliances usually are purpose-built and do have specific parameters required for the deployment. Also, they… Read More »

Approval with Jira change ticket

By | 4. January 2024

Aria Automation has out-of-the-box capabilities for an approval workflow. When implemented, users can approve requests within the Aria Automation interface. In addition, there’s many options to integrate 3rd party tools of different type into a provisioning process. A lot of our customers are asking for integration options into Atlassian Jira. Jira has multiple functionalities from… Read More »

Automated SaltStack Minion Updates through winrepo

By | 9. November 2023

This blog article is a follow-up to the previous article that explains a different way to do minion updates. For Windows minions there’s an even easier method to run the update automatically. This is by using winrepo. Winrepo is a mechanism provided by SaltStack to build a package manager like yum or apt on Linux.… Read More »

Automated SaltStack Minion Updates

By | 27. October 2023

First, thanks to Patrick Moffitt and David Fidler for their help on this topic! Aria Automation includes a configuration management solution based on SaltStack technology – called Aria Automation Config. It’s integrated into the design canvas and is part of a full provisioning process from VM OS up to application level. SaltStack consists of a… Read More »

Troubleshoot Aria Operations host power metric

By | 4. August 2023

Big thanks to Valentin Bondzio for his support writing this article Aria Operations helps customers to get metrics related to their datacenter sustainability. It captures energy consumption data from vCenter and allows for functionality like customized reporting, break down to workloads, assignment to business units and more. For example, customers can create a report that… Read More »

Self-Service Aria Guardrails Policy in Aria Automation

By | 27. July 2023

VMware Aria Guardrails is a central policy management system with desired state principle and primary focus on public clouds. It consists of several templates that easily can be used by the admin to apply his desired policy on public clouds. One of the templates is for AWS IAM management to define the password policy (like… Read More »

Custom Ansible Day-2 action in Aria Automation

By | 15. May 2023

Aria Automation (aka vRealize Automation) has a built-in support for Ansible open-source and Ansible Tower / Ansible Automation Platform. Once a cloud account is defined for Ansible, customers can add Ansible elements to the design canvas and combine them with virtual machine objects. In this case after provisioning a virtual machine, an ansible playbook or… Read More »

3-tier app including application and security with Aria Automation and SaltStack

By | 3. April 2023

Before we start: Thanks to David Fidler for his in-depth SaltStack knowledge and Thomas Kopton for the heavy lifting of the MS SQL installation! Aria Automation (aka vRealize Automation) is a comprehensive automation solution that can deliver full application stacks with a desired state templating model. It has various integrations e.g. with vCenter, NSX and… Read More »

Custom Azure Private Endpoint Service for SQL in Aria Automation

By | 15. December 2022

Aria Automation (aka vRealize Automation) provides a wide variety of supported public cloud services out of the box. Through the design canvas they can be added by drag and drop, configured with the appropriate parameters/inputs and subsequently exposed in the catalog for consumption. Considering the broad services public clouds offer and the high innovation rate,… Read More »

Custom categories with ServiceNow Plugin and Aria Automation

By | 29. November 2022

Customers using Aria Automation (aka vRealize Automation) can integrate with external consumption portals like ServiceNow to e.g., use a corporate standard for requesting resources. For ServiceNow specifically, VMware provides a plugin that integrates with Aria Automation and can be downloaded from the ServiceNow store (search for vRealize). After installation, it by default creates categories called… Read More »

Manage templates with vSphere content library and vRA 8

By | 11. July 2022

First, I’d like to express my thanks to Jie Shang and Alexander Summerauer who helped in creating the content for this blog. vRealize Automation is architected to manage globally spread infrastructures. Some customers use it to manage their resources in multiple locations within a distinct country by 1 vCenter, some customers have their infrastructures in… Read More »

VMware adds container runtime protection to…

By | 3. March 2022

Very exiting news, another important addition on the road to perfect VMware adds container runtime protection to… InfoWorld reports on the news that VMware has added new container runtime security capabilities to its Carbon Black Cloud platform. The new features will help customers better secure modern applications at scale. VMware Social Media Advocacy

Why CloudHealth Secure State won Gold for…

By | 3. March 2022

Why CloudHealth Secure State won Gold for… Managing misconfiguration risk to prevent data breaches and improve cloud security posture is a key priority for IT and developer teams. But finding a solution that’s easy to operationalize can be very challenging. Recently, VMware announced that CloudHealth Secure State won gold for cloud […]

Manage vCenter, ESX, NSX etc. with SaltStack

By | 28. January 2022

VMware has aquired SaltStack a while ago and incorporated some of the products into the vRealize Automation product family. While most of the configuration management functionality focusses on guest operating systems there has been increasing demand to do the same for VMware SDDC components like vCenter, ESX, NSX etc. as well.  As of this VMware… Read More »

NSX-T – NCP Integration with Openshift 4.8 – The Super-Easy Way

By | 6. December 2021

Introduction If you have been following the blog posts on this site, we implemented NSX-T with Openshift 4.6 with NCP’s support for Openshift operators (see https://www.vrealize.it/2021/03/24/nsx-t-ncp-integration-with-openshift-4-6-the-easy-way/) using the UPI installation. In the meantime, NCP 3.2 was released, which supports Openshift 4.7 and 4.8 and is also able to get installed through the IPI installation process.… Read More »

Use idsreplay Appliance to easily demo NSX IDS/IPS

By | 24. August 2021

Often customers want to see the ease of use of VMware NSX distributed IDS/IPS. But to demonstrate its capabilities it might be necessary to setup tools like metaspoit and vulnerable software versions. With idsreplay I’ve created an easy way to run you IDS/IPS Demo “out-of-the-box” without the need to setup & configure potentially dangerous software… Read More »