vRealize Orchestrator Posts

Here is a collection of my vRealize orchestrator posts to help you in your automation journey.

 

VRO to delete lots of virtual switches in NSX

I created a workflow to create 5000 virtual switches in NSX… which was cool.  But it did create 5000 virtual switches which now needed to be deleted.  So I created a new workflow to delete[…]

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vRealize Orchestrator scaling with 4K displays

I ran into this issue this week.   vRealize Orchestrator with Windows 10 on 4K displays makes the UI so small not even my seven year old could read it.   For those lucky enough to have[…]

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vRO Action to return virtual machines with a specific tag

I am a huge fan of tags in vSphere.   Meta data is the king for modular control and policy based administration.   I wrote a action for a lab I presented at VMUG sessions.   It takes[…]

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Learning vRealize Orchestrator

Recently I provided a lab to learn vRealize Orchestrator to the Austin VMUG.   It’s been too long since I attended a VMUG meeting due to moving to Dallas.   It was great to meet new peers[…]

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Configuring a NSX load balancer from API

A customer asked me this week if there was any examples of customers configuring the NSX load balancer via vRealize Automation.   I was surprised when google didn’t turn up any examples.  The NSX API[…]

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vRO scriptable task to return top level folder of a VM

Every so often you have nested folders in a vCenter and want to return only the top level folder.  Here is a function to return the top level folder only:

 

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vRO add all virtual machines to NSX exception list

Almost everyone is using a brownfield environment to implement NSX.   Switching the DFW firewall to deny all is the safest bet but hard to do with brownfield environments.   Denying all traffic is a[…]

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vRO Scriptable tasks

An old friend contacted me today with some vRO questions.  He is struggling with learning vRO like so many administrators before him.  It’s not easy to learn vRO it’s a very different type of programming.[…]

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vRo scriptable task to return the top level folder for a VM

Have you been nesting your virtual machines deep into folders.  If you want to return only the top level folder you can do it with this simple javascript function.  It can also be turned into[…]

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vRO Scriptable task issue with get all hosts

I was working with some scriptable tasks in vRO around hosts and ran into an issue calling the script.  It would fail when hosts were disconnected.  This brings up a good point that you should[…]

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