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Custom XML objects in vRealize Orchestrator

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Lately I had the issue that I needed to create custom XML objects based on variables. In first place it sounds simple, but in the end, there are a couple of different methods doing this. This article will discuss these options.

The first method is a simple string, but if the object gets a bit larger, this is not very useful.

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Rabbit MQ routing key configuration

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Two weeks ago, I had a problem connecting VMware vCloud Director to vRealize Orchestrator using Rabbit MQ as a message bus between those systems. The base configuration of Rabbit MQ was not a big deal, even clustering the message bus system for high availability, adding an exchange, queues, connecting vCD and vRO, everything was easy and straight forward, BUT: I didn’t get any messages into the right queues. This was my starting point.


As most of you guys know, I am a big fan of vRO (vRealize Orchestrator). I didn’t do any of the configuration in Rabbit MQ using the management interface, I configured everything using vRO but the graphical UI is very useful to verify what the workflows did.

After the installation of Rabbit MQ, I used the documentation (official RMQ documentation: https://www.rabbitmq.com/documentation.html) and some blogs I found, I needed to configure RMQ, but how? Now vRO comes into play, because it is shipped with a preinstalled AMQP plugin, containing all needed workflows to configure the message broker.

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VMware Cloud Provider Pod - Release 1.1 (minor or major)

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Today VMware released the first minor release not patch of VMware Cloud Provider Pod. After the initial launch of Version 1.0 in 2018 and a patch release 1.0.1 in November this is the first feature release. This release features massive list of product updates, improvements on the Designer, the Documents, Fibre-Channel support and also a complete rewritten network design with higher flexibility.

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My road to Clarity ... UI – Part 2

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This week, the server side of things

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My road to Clarity ... UI – Part 1

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A blog to share my path from total ignorance to becoming... what's the word? 'enlighted'? 

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Unlock ESXi root account from host client

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As I do quite a bit of lab development and support I see often people lock themselves out of the ESXi web based host client. Keep in mind this only locks you out from ssh and the web console. Password lockout is NOT active on the console/DCUI. Below is how you reset the counter and regain access.

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VMware Cloud Provider Pod 1.0.1 - Release Info

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With VMware Cloud Provider Pod having it's first public appearance during the VMworld Session of Wade Holmes (VMware) and myself ( https://blog.comdivision.com/blog/2018/08/vmworld-session-introducing-vmware-cloud-provider-pod-hyp1499bu). First GA release followed on 18-October and now we have the first patch release on 20-November 2018. This release contains primarily new product versions of many of the integrated solutions, as well as a lot of bug fixes and fine tuning.

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ESXi host with previous VSAN disks unable to recreate disks or repartition disks

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I came around a problem today where I had several hosts of a previously created VSAN cluster which would be used for a new VSAN cluster. After adding the hosts to the new cluster I couldn't create any diskgroups on them, nor was I able to erase the disk partitions with partedUtil or other command line tools.

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VMware Cloud Provider Pod - Designer (Part 1 of "let's see?")

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One of the key functions of the VMware Cloud Provider Pod is the designer which allows you to specific data for your implementation which is then processed by the VMware hosted document generator to customize the design documents and provide you with a custom automation package and configuration file for a complete deployment bare metal to cloud stack. Ready to operate your public cloud. The video shows the work with the designer and is the first in a series about VMware Cloud Provider Pod.

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Docker Container - Cheatsheet

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As I started a set of cheatsheets before and the feedback was overwhelming I will continue to expand with some useful commands on docker container. Again I do not thrive to run this as a full blown tutorial, nor do I think this is a full command reference, this just summarizes commands I need again and again. And some of which I search again and again  (wink)

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