With the recent vCenter Orchestrator 5.1 and vSphere 5.1 availability, it’s obviously important to ensure that not just individual products but all of your integrations are up-to-date.
Besides the already released plug-ins for vCenter Server 5.1 (built-in) and vCloud Director 5.1, we are are glad to announce the availability of several plug-in updates to make your entire vCloud suite up-to-date:
2. The vCO Multi-Node plug-in has been updated to support vCO 5.1, vCenter Single Sign On, and the new vCO REST API capabilities to leverage the remote invocation of new systems types such as actions and packages. What’s more, this new version also provides better performance and corrects some previous defects.
As always, be sure to check VMware Solution Exchange for a complete list of plug-ins available from VMware and our partners. That’s your best place to find the latest integration solutions such as the ServiceNow plug-in recently published by InterraIT.
As posted in this blog vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCenter Update Manager is now available.The plugin comes with a set of predefined actions and workflows that abstracts the VUM API and reduce the complexity of using it.
Attach an upgrade baseline to the VMs in the datacenter
Scan the datacenter inventory
Get the compliance state
Export the compliance state to a PDF or HTML.
Remediate the datacenter inventory.
Luckily for each of the actions from the list the plugin provides built-in workflows. Our complex workflow will be quite straight-forward:
The only custom logic in is the the conditional remediation step. Since remediation is potentially disruptive operation I would like to check the compliances before to continue.
The presentation of the workflow is also quite simple. Most of the basic workflows need vCenter server, Baselines and vCenter entities. Specific options for each step are given below this triple.
var fr = new FileReader(file); fr.open(); content = fr.readAll(); fr.close();
The result of the export looks as pretty as this:
I hope this will be helpful. In the next post I plan to give some details on how export and import baseline functionality leverages the support for multiple vCenter Update Manager servers in the plug-in.
vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCenter Update Manager is also GA. This plug-in integrates Orchestrator's robust workflow automation platform with patch management framework provided by vCenter Update Manager. With this new plug-in, IT administrators can automate tasks such as scanning and remediation of ESX/ESXi hosts, virtual machines and appliances against established baselines. It also allows patching and upgrading ESX/ESXi hosts, as well as installation of third-party modules in ESX, to ensure compliance against the baselines. In addition to ESX/ESXi patch management, the plug-in also supports virtual machine operations such as the upgrade of VMware Tools and virtual hardware.
Here's screenshot showing the workflows available in this new vCenter Update Manager plug-in:
For more information about the vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in for vCenter Update Manager, check the following: