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SQL Plug-in + DynamicTypes = Simple CMDB for vCAC - Part 2

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Welcome back! This is the second article of a multi-part series that steps you through the process of mapping a SQL table into vRealize Orchestrator, building out a DynamicTypes plug-in inventory based on that table, then exposing it to vRealize Automation's Advanced Service Designer (ASD). In the first article, we got our database table mapped using the SQL Plug-in and generated some CRUD workflows.

SQL Plug-in + DynamicTypes = Simple CMDB for vCAC - Part 1

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This multi-part series will step you through the process of mapping a SQL table into vRealize Orchestrator, building out a DynamicTypes plug-in inventory based on that table (using my workflow package), then exposing it to vRealize Automation's Advanced Service Designer (ASD).

Introduction

vRealize Automation (vRA) features an Advanced Service Designer (ASD) that allows for you to offer nearly anything as a service (XaaS). In order to take advantage of that feature, it requires a vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) Inventory object. This means you must have a plug-in that provides such an inventory. In the past, this meant Java skills to build out a plug-in. This, fortunately, is no longer the case with the Dynamic Types plug-in. We touched on this plug-in in the past with regards to using the HTTP-REST plug-in. This article will take a different approach in that we will use the SQL Plug-in to provide our back-end service - a mini CMDB consisting of Server names and IPs.

Dynamic Input Values Based on other Inputs

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A frequent requirement when performing orchestration tasks is to have input fields interdependent. For example, if I input XYZ into the first input, I want the second input to be relevant to XYZ. In the past, I have frequently done such workflows where you select a Datacenter for the first input, then the second input would present a list of Datastores (or VMs or Clusters or Hosts). In this tutorial, I'm going to do something a little different. The first input of this demo workflow will be a string and the second will be an AD:User object chosen from a list of objects that were found in Active Directory based on the first input.

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Download this file (com.vmware.coe.library.nov2014demo.package)vCO Solution Package[Contains the workflow and action used in this tutorial.]17 kB

Extend Automation Center with F5 AFM using vCO + Dynamic Types

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My colleague, Chris Slater at defined by software has published an article on how to extend VMware Automation Center (vCAC) with F5 firewall functionality. I usually do not cross post articles but this one is worth mentioning since it is a real world example on how to leverage vCAC + vCO + Dynamic Types + third party API.

VMware Horizon vCenter Orchestrator Plug-in Released

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Hello all you end user compute admins! If you've been waiting for a vCO plug-in for your Horizon environment, your wait is over. Join Aaron Black in this "Getting Started with vCenter Orchestrator Horizon Plug In" video.

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