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Upgrade to vRealize Orchestrator 7.6 (vRO) - Empty workflow output

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Over the past few weeks I had to update quite a few instances of vRealize Orchestrator to version 7.6, where I experienced that upgraded instances do not show any workflow logs, or values anymore. My first thought was that the workflow was no longer executed, but actually it proofed to be a display problem in the vRealize Orchestrator Client. While talking to a few friends working near the product I got some guidance on how to potentially solve the issue...

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Automation of NSX with the API using vRO

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This article focuses on the basics of automating NSX via the API and vRealize Orchestrator. Those two are a very powerful combination, automating NSX for certain use cases and workloads. Of course, you could use the provided workflows by the NSX plugin, but what if you would like to implement a use case not covered by the provided workflows. Furthermore, the built-in workflows are using the scripting objects instead of the native REST API. Thus, intended me to write this article.

Aside of vRO, Postman is a great tool to test single API calls. In many cases I use Postman to test the API call and transfer the body, used in Postman, into the API call structure in vRO.

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TechConfessions the Show, S4 - E15 Yves Sandfort

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During VMworld 2018 I had the opportunity to get invited by Amy Lewis team to record an episode together with Katie Holms for the #TechConfessions  channel.

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Using the Philips 499P9H with a 13" Macbook Pro and a Blackmagic eGPU pro

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Today a non VMware topic... My workplace needed some more screen estate and while colleagues go for multiple screens I personally prefer the one screen solution, which naturally pushed towards one of the new 49" SuperWide screens which you can find from Philips like the  499P9H which I use, or Dell  U4919DW has one as well. Be careful that you check the screen resolution, there are models on 49" which are 3840x1080, which would be too low for me, only some have 5120 x 1440 pixel LCDs.

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Managing Chromebooks with VMware Workspace One and Chrome Enterprise

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I just got engaged in a customer project for Workspace ONE. This European customer wants to lower his TCO on mobile devices, as they currently hand out many Notebooks to their employees and Windows Notebook require a lot of management from the customer side. So they raised the question if it is possible to include Chromebooks in their environment and to fully manage them with their MDM solution – VMware Workspace ONE UEM.

With the use of VMware Workspace ONE UEM we have two options of management:

  • Container management (We are only able to manage Settings and Content within a protected Container)
  • Full system management (We are managing the whole System and all Content and Settings on it)

The customer decided to have the full system management so we have to incorporate Google Chrome Enterprise, as this solution combines the management capabilities of Google and VMware to easy and fully manage a Chrome Device.

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Linking vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) to vCloud Director (vCD) for Service Management

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One of the new features in vCloud Director since version 9.1 is the ability to execute vRealize Orchestrator workflows direct from within the vCloud Director User Interface for both tenant and service provider usage. With the constant addition of other extensibility features this becomes a very attractive solutions for service providers to expand from standard vCloud Director based IaaS to some more advanced service offerings.


But how do you get started?

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vCloud Director 9.7 vRO plugin configuration

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This article explains how to use the “Add connection” workflow from the vCD 9.7 vRO plugin, because it’s not obvious in first place.

After installing the vCD 9.7 plugin into vRO (installation is not part of this article), there are additional workflows in the library, including a folder called “Plug-in Configuration”. This contains the workflows to add, delete, and update the plugin connection to vCloud Director.

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Installing Workspace ONE UEM Agent on devices in use, but without any software deployment solution

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Two months ago, I got engaged in a customer project for Workspace ONE. On Key Requirement was the installation of the Workspace ONE UEM Agent (aka. AWAgent) on Windows 10 Devices (Notebooks and Clients) which were already handed over to the End users.  The IT of the Customer does not have any kind of software deployment tools like Microsoft’s SCCM or Symantec Altiris and so on. So, it was necessary to find a solution for deploying the agent without any additional tools, only GPO should be utilized.

So, what we need to do is strip our "problem" into two parts. First part installing the AWAgent without Local Admin Rights (LAR) and the second part stage the Windows 10 Device and automatically reassign the user.

Let us start with the first Part. First of all, we need our staging User. So, inside the Workspace UEM Console, we create a new User (Local user not an LDAP User) and give him the staging Permission.

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Understanding JSON objects

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I am working as a VCI and teach a lot of trainings with vRO content and often get the question about JSON objects in vRealize Orchestrator and how they work and how they can be built easily. That’s the reason I decided to write an article about that topic with the approach, which helped me, understanding a JSON object.

First to say, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is an object, based on JavaScript, the programming language in vRO. This leads to the fact, that these objects can easily be created and handled in workflows. Furthermore, I often use them to pass a lot of information from one element to another. Instead of binding many input and output parameters to certain elements, you only need to create a single binding and have the option to pass many parameters at once.

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