Following VMware's acquisition of SaltStack, learn more about Salt. Try this vRA cloud template to deploy a simple Salt environment.
Before vRA / vRO can automate Vault and create high-entropy passwords for new workloads, Vault must be prepared. This post explains the steps taken.
Generate and secure unique complex passwords in HashiCorp Vault for new workloads provisioned by VMware vRealize Automation
Not content to build vSphere templates periodically, this introduction shows how VMware Code Stream and Packer can be combined to trigger builds from Git updates.
Having created a mechanism to generate unique hostnames previously, this article follows on with how to integrate the functionality with vRA 8.x.
vRA 8.x offers several built-in mechanisms for naming workloads. This article covers them briefly and starts the process to go fully custom.
To try out the new integration with Ansible Tower from vRealize Automation 8.1 I'll need an Ansible Tower server. This is how I installed it on CentOS 8.
vRealize Automation 8.1 is released now and there are some great blogs out there describing the new and changed features.