Assigning an IP address and a DNS host record need to be accomplished during the provisioning process. VMware vCloud Automation Center supports a number of methods for assigning IP addresses. These include dynamically assigning them via DHCP, statically assigning them from a pool of IP addresses stored in vCAC network profiles or allocating them from a custom database.
Many companies use Infoblox IP Address Management (IPAM) to simplify and automate the process of IP address management. Infoblox provides a vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plug-in that can be called from vCloud Automation Center to automate the end-to-end provisioning process including the process of providing an IP address (IPv4 or IPv6) and assigning a DNS host record. The result is virtual machines provisioned in a matter of minutes instead of days without the errors that can be introduced by manual processing. The Infoblox plug-in also automates the process of de-allocating an IP address if a virtual machine is deleted as well as removing its DNS host record
Here are some additional resources to help you better understand the capabilities delivered in this integrated solution and also how to download and configure the Infoblox plug-in to work with vCloud Automation Center.
- Demo Video: vCloud Automation Center Integration with InfoBlox IPAM (3:44)
- Demo Video: vCloud Automation Center Integration with InfoBlox IPAM – with narration (9:24)
- The Infoblox IPAM plug-in and installation instructions (82:47)
- The Infoblox IPAM plug-in step-by-step instruction video (41:32)
This and other vCO plug-ins that work with vCloud Automation Center can be found on VMware Solutions Exchange.