What's the difference between a SecureString and an EncryptedString in vRealize Orchestrator (vRO)? This post explains it.
This article explains how to use Cloud-Init with vRealize Automation and vSphere without requiring a CD drive in every VM.
How to make vRealize Automation (vRA) deployment names unique without having to bother users with entering one
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
vRA 8.x offers several built-in mechanisms for naming workloads. This article covers them briefly and starts the process to go fully custom.
When vRealize Orchestrator 7.6 became generally available last week (and related to the simultaneous availability of vRealize Automation 7.6), an eagle-eyed VMware Partner spotted a statement in the release notes under the Feature and Support Notice section. One of the statements in that section initially read: vRealize Automation XAAS forms support only workflows created in the Orchestrator Legacy Client. I asked a colleague in the Cloud Management Business Unit (CMBU) about this and was eventually put in touch with the right person in R&D who could expand on the meaning further. The statement has now been…
A colleague of mine was working with a customer recently on some changes to their automated VM provisioning process (they're not vRA customers… yet). He got stuck trying to get around a particular challenge with the automatic naming of network interfaces in certain Linux distributions. The customer in question is using vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) to create (not clone) their Virtual Machines from a JSON structure that is supplied by an external system. In that structure there are definitions for the hardware, OS network identity (name, IP etc) and OS installation sources (ISO file for installation and floppy image for…