vSphere 6.5 – Whats in it for Service Providers…

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vSphere 6.5 – Whats in it for Service Providers…

Last week after an extended period of development and beta testing VMware released vSphere 6.5. This is a lot more than a point release and is a major major upgrade from vSphere 6.0.


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Eye on VMware Update 11/23/2016

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone in the U.S! This week, VMware released vRealize Automation 7.2 and vRealize Orchestrator 7.2. What’s New Details are below. Check out this blog article on Azure Endpoint in vRealize Automation: Using the new Microsoft Azure Endpoint in vRealize Automation 7.2

vRealize CloudClient 4.3 is now GA as well. vRealize CloudClient is a command-line utility that provides verb-based access with a unified interface across vRealize Automation APIs.

For those that are using ServiceNow, the vRealize Automation for ITSM 1.0.0 is now GA on http://solutionexchange.vmware.com. This integration enables ServiceNow to be the portal for deploying services that are entitled to the user in vRealize Automation. Provisioned resources are made available in the ServiceNow CMDB and Self Service portal for viewing and day-2 lifecycle management. Download page: https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/store/products/vmware-vrealize-automation-plug-in-for-itsm

Photon Controller 1.1 was also released this past Monday.

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vRealize Automation 7.2.0 is now GA and live on http://www.vmware.com.

GA date: 22 November 2016

What’s new?

The vRealize Automation 7.2 release includes resolved issues and the following new capabilities.

  • Enhanced APIs for programmatically installing, configuring, and upgrading vRealize Automation
  • Enhanced upgrade functionality for system-wide upgrade automation
  • LDAP support for authentication and single sign-on
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliance:
    • Consumer/administrator interface is now FIPS 140-2 compliant
    • Managed using vRealize Automation appliance management console or command-line interface
    • FIPS is disabled by default
  • Migration improvements:
    • UI-driven vRealize Automation 6.2.x to 7.2 migration
    • Migration option available in Deployment Wizard
    • Enhanced support for importing vCloud Director workloads
  • Service entitlement enhancements:
    • Checkbox to add all users to an entitlement
    • Delete inactive entitlements
  • Expanded extensibility capabilities:
    • Several new event broker topics for enhanced extensibility use cases
    • Subscription granularity for individual components, catalog items, component actions, containers, or deployments
    • Leverage extensibility with new container management functionality
    • Scale-out/Scale-in custom XaaS services and applications that include XaaS objects
  • Networking Enhancements:
    • IPAM framework support for NSX on-demand routed networks
    • New network profiles to support additional IPAM use cases
    • Configure load balancing policy for NSX on-demand load balancer in the blueprint (round-robin, IP-Hash, Leastconn)
    • Configure service monitor URL for HTTP/HTTPS
  • Container Management:
    • Integrated container management engine for deploying and managing Docker Container hosts and containers
    • Build hybrid applications that include containers and traditional OS
    • New Container administrator and architect roles
    • Auto discovery of provisioned container hosts
  • Azure Endpoint for Hybrid Cloud provisioning and management:
    • Seemlessly build, deliver, and manage Azure machines with vRealize Automation
    • Support for Azure networking services
  • ServiceNow Integration:
    • Automatically expose entitled vRealize Automation catalog items to ServiceNow portal by using the Plug-in that is available in VMware Solution Exchange

Download details:

Download landing page: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRA-720&productId=569&rPId=13853

Release Notes: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-automation-72-release-notes.html

Documentation: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vrealize-automation-pubs.html


vRealize Orchestrator 7.2.0 is now GA and live on http://www.vmware.com.

GA date: 22 November 2016

What’s new?

vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 introduces a number of improvements, bug fixes, and extends the automated configuration with new options:

  • Integration with Event Broker Service that makes possible to monitor notifications about business state or workflow status changes in vRealize Automation.
  • Improved usability of Control Center, including localization in Spanish, French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
  • The vRealize Orchestrator plug-in for vRealize Automation is now shipped with the Orchestrator platform.

vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 is shipped with a version of the vCenter Server plug-in that is compatible with vSphere 6.5. A redesigned vRealize Orchestrator vCenter Server plug-in is available as a separate download package for vRealize Orchestrator 7.2. This plug-in is compatible with vSphere 6.5 and vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 and in future releases will replace the version of the vCenter Server plug-in currently shipped with the Orchestrator platform. The new vCenter Server plug-in has the following features:

  • Simplified maintenance and faster troubleshooting, compared to the earlier versions of the plug-in.
  • Improved performance thanks to an optimized communication with the vSphere Server instances and changes in the caching schema.
  • Maximum compatibility of the scripting API and content compatibility with the vSphere products with version 5.5 and later.

For more information on the changes in the new vCenter Server plug-in for vRealize Orchestrator 7.2, see What’s New in the New vCenter Server Plug-In.

Download details:

Download landing page: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VROVA_720&productId=614&rPId=13868

Release Notes: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/orchestrator/vrealize-orchestrator-72-release-notes.html

Documentation: https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/orchestrator_pubs.html

Installing vRealize Business 7.2

Installing vRealize Business 7.2

Installing vRealize Business 7.2

http://vmw.re/1JQeaqy vRealize Business 7. has greatly simplified initial installation and configuration through the introduction of simplified deployment architecture by introducing a tree different ways to configure. In this video we are going to focus on these tree installation methods then we will walk through an actual installation of product.


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vRealize CloudClient 4.3 GA

vRealize CloudClient 4.3 is now GA and live on vmware.com

GA Date: 22 November 2016

vRealize CloudClient is a command-line utility that provides verb-based access with a unified interface across vRealize Automation APIs.

Use Case Highlights

  • Browse the catalog and submit a request
  • Approve a catalog request
  • Manage provisioned machines
  • Create tenants and groups
  • Configure IaaS, including endpoints, data collection, and reservations
  • Manage catalog services and entitlements
  • Import and export blueprints and other content to human-readable format
  • Submit authenticated vRealize Automation API calls from the command line
  • Automate updates to VM reservations following SRM failover
  • Execute vRealize Orchestrator workflows

Features and Benefits

  • Standardized command-line interface that remains stable as underlying APIs evolve
  • Auto login for scripting (password and keyfiles)
  • JSON, CSV, and tabular formatting
  • File export
  • Sample scripts to demonstrate common scenarios
  • Plugin model enables extensibility to additional use cases

 vRealize CloudClient 4.3

What’s new?

Support for the vRealize Automation 7.2 capability to assign all users of a business group to an entitlement or to delete an inactive entitlement.

The new vra catalog item service unassign command enables you to remove a service from a catalog item.

CloudClient’s truststore password can now be set by the user. As a result of this update, users may be prompted to accept certificates that were previously accepted in earlier versions of CloudClient. 

CloudClient 4.3 runs on Java version 1.8. Java 1.7 is no longer supported.

For additional details about this release, please refer to the Release Notes (links below). 

Download Details:

Download and Documentation Landing Page: https://developercenter.vmware.com/tool/cloudclient/4.3.0

Release Notes: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vra/vrealize-cloudclient-43-release-notes.html

New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 – VMware PowerCLI…

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New Release: PowerCLI 6.5 R1 – VMware PowerCLI…

There’s been a lot of buzz around PowerCLI lately, and we’re keeping it going! It gives me great pleasure to announce the general availability of VMware PowerCLI 6.5 Release 1!


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Curious about SDDC Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation? Dig into the dashboard with @tenthirtyam

Curious about SDDC Manager in VMware Cloud…

VMware Cloud Foundation’s unified SDDC platform together with the new VMware SDDC Manager drastically simplifies the deployment, configuration and on-going operations of a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).


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Using the new Microsoft Azure Endpoint in…

Using the new Microsoft Azure Endpoint in vRealize Automation 7.2 – vAficionado

Using the new Microsoft Azure Endpoint in…

After months of planning and development, vRealize Automation 7.2 finally went GA today, and it feels so good! One of the most anticipated and spotlight features of this new release was the Endpoint for Microsoft Azure.


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vRealize Automation 7.2 Has Arrived – VMware…

vRealize Automation 7.2 Has Arrived – VMware Cloud Mgmnt Blog

vRealize Automation 7.2 Has Arrived – VMware…

As we announced last month, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2 brings new out-of-the box support for ServiceNow®, Microsoft Azure as well as new container management capabilities.


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