OVA/OVF Import tips for Ravello Systems

Bottom line of this article: use .OVF format for your VMs

When importing OVA's from my local system to Ravello Systems I ran into an error. Which was strange because I had imported similar machines just a few days before. The error message was the following: 

Referenced disk/s do not exist:
'[u'/var/folders/yv/g8hl5r3n6518yf3w6d95kbj00000gn/T/tmpQ_Z7y8ravello/vSphere6-ICM-v2-ESXi01-disk1.vmdk']s'

vRealize Automation 7 External Approval Policy with vRealize Orchestrator Workflow

With vRealize Automation 7 an Approval Policy can be linked to an event subscription that in turn can trigger a vRealize Orchestator workflow to perform an external approval process. In this article I describe how to setup the Workflow, the Approval Policy and the Event Subscription.

Workflow as downloadable package

Workflow to use for vRO Cluster Demonstrations

This simple workflow can be used to demonstrate the failover behavior in case of a vRealize Orchestrator node failure. It creates the number of VMs that your specify. I suggest 30. During the execution of the workflow power off one node of the cluster and you will be able to demonstrate that the execution continues on another node.

The workflow is available as a downloadable package:

com.vmwarebits.clustertest.zip

Process a text file from a Resource Element through an Array

This example workflow shows how you can use a ResourceElement containing a list of virtual machine names and execute a workflow for each of the VMs in the list. The workflows and actions are available as a package here: com.vmwarebits.vmlistExample.zip.

To use the workflow yoi create a ResourceElement and import a text file that contains the virtual machine names, such as in the next image.

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