Sunday, 7 May 2017

VCP7-CMA Section 5 - Blueprint Dissection

Section 5: Configure and Administer Fabric Groups and Endpoints
+ Objective 5.1: Create and Manage VMware Endpoints
·      Integrate vRealize Automation with NSX
Starts at the vSphere End point (outlined below), on the network profile (Infrastructure > Reservations > Network Profiles to define Routed and NAT profiles) and on a blueprint

·      Add a vRealize Orchestrator endpoint to vRealize Automation
Administration > vRO Configuration > Endpoints

If you are using the internal vRO server then the Address is https://<IP or FQDN of vRO/vco
If you are using external vRO server then the address is https://<IP or FQDN of vRO:8281/vco
Add VMware.VCenterOrchestrator.Priority as a custom property with a value of 1 – this is essential for NSX.

·      Configure the NSX plugin in vRealize Orchestrator
This is possible from vRO, but should be done from vRA…  To do it from vRO, run the workflow Library, NSX, Configuration, Create NSX Endpoint:

And you can verify it’s added in the Inventory tab:

·      However, assuming you’ve set vRA up correctly (i.e., the vRO Endpoint as mentioned above)…   Add NSX to the vSphere (vCenter) endpoint as mentioned in the below section ‘Configure NSX Network and Security for the vSphere endpoint’

After you’ve added the NSX Networking and Security to the vSphere endpoint, you can do a data collection against Network and Security Inventory:

When that succeeds, when you look in vRO, you’ll see the NSX plugin has registered itself with the NSX Endpoint:

·      Perform data collection in vRealize Automation
Infrastructure > Compute Resources > hover over the arrow next to the compute resources and select ‘Data Collection’:

and click on ‘Request Now’ under the required item you wish to ‘data collect’…  Normally, this is useful if you change templates in vSphere and want the templates to be reflected in vRA.

·      Create and configure a vSphere Endpoint
Infrastructure > Endpoints > Endpoints > +New > Virtual > vSphere (vCenter)

·      Configure NSX Network and Security for the vSphere endpoint
The checkbox above ‘Specify manager for network and security platform’

(typo on the IP address J)
·      Create and configure a vCloud Air Endpoint
Same as for vSphere, but select +New > Cloud > vCloud Air

Objective 5.2: Create and Manage Fabric Groups, Reservations and Network Profiles
·      Create and configure a fabric group
You need to be an IaaS Administrator
Infrastructure > Endpoints >  Fabric Groups > + New

Choose name, description, Fabric administrators, plus the actual compute resource you wish to use. 

Also, you can see in the above screenshot the AWS resources are added to a fabric group in the same way as vSphere resources.

·      Select compute resources to include in the fabric group
See above - plus can be retrospectively added by editing the FG:

·      Configure compute resource Data Collection
Infrastructure > Endpoints > Endpoints - hover over the arrow next to the compute resource > View compute Resources
Hover over the Compute resource and select  'Data Collection'

From here, you can run a data collection, adjust the frequency, or enable/disable data collections

·      Create a vSphere reservation
Covered in section 4.5
·      Assign a business group to the vSphere reservation
Covered in section 4.5
·      Create a vCloud Air Reservation
First, the vCloud Air Endpoint needs to be added...  Infrastructure > Endpoints > Endpoints > +New:

After which, you can create the reservation... Infrastructure > Reservations > Reservations > + New > vCloud Air

Complete the reservation in the same way as a vSphere reservation, selecting the vCA resource from the Resources tab.

·      Assign a business group to the vSphere reservation
Covered in section 4.5
·      Create and configure network profile types
Infrastructure > Reservations > Network Profiles > +New >
Covered in section 1 incorrectly (section 1 is looking for blueprint config (i.e., add a network to the blueprint and select which network you want to use)
o   For static IP address assignment
o   External network profiles
o   NAT network profiles
o   Routed network profile
·      Create and configure machine prefixes
Covered very briefly in section 2.3
Infrastructure > Administration > Machine Prefixes > +New
Select the prefix name, number of digits vRA will append and the next number (i.e., on the first creation, where the numbering will start from).  After which, this can be configured on the business group or on the blueprint:


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