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Poll: Any Heavy vRealize Orchestrator Shops?

Do you rely on vRealize Orchestrator? If so, what kind of things do you use it for? I’ve considered spinning it up again but it always seems to collect dust.


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  1. We use it to deploy VMs. ServiceNow makes a REST call to Orchestrator to start the deployment process once it is approved.

    I’ve also created some workflows to help with host updates – we use Cisco UCS, so it’s possible to do VUM baseline remediation and UCS firmware updates all in a single workflow with Orchestrator. Also new host deployments to set up the dvSwitch, vmk NICs, and storage after ESXi is installed.

    Disk growth, snapshot scheduling and removal, VM hardware upgrades, and so on. I’ve done quite a lot with Orchestrator over the years.

  2. We use vRA, so we end up using vRO quite extensively. vRA extensibility, day-2 actions on deployments, and XaaS blueprints to publish in our service catalog.

  3. I’ve done:

    F5 configurations for VMs, including creating pools, adding VMs to pools, removing VMs from pools on deletion, deleting pools.

    Automated vSphere Tagging.

    NSX firewall rule creation/deletion, security group creation/deletion, ip set creation/deletion, etc.

    Create VMs to be a part of Oracle RAC deployments, which includes creating EZT disks that are shared between 3 VMs, creating paravirtual SCSI adapter, placing the disks on these SCSI adapters in the right order, calculating disk sizes from user input, setting up DRS anti-affinity rules.

    Those are the big ones I guess. I’ve done some small stuff like starting a VM when another VM hits a certain CPU threshold and then shutting it down at midnight. Copying VM templates between vCenters.

    vRO is hard to keep up with if you aren’t doing it full time. It’s a pretty cumbersome product. Super powerful, but not easy to get started with.

  4. We’ve used it a lot.

    ESXi builds with Auto Deploy including hardware config, deploy rules, host profiles, and the like.
    Migrating VMs with HCX.
    Validating guest OS VLANs with VMK ports on ESXi.

    I personally find it faster to use because of my experience with it and how visual it is over PowerCLI.

    But PowerCLI and vRO have their uses and if you’re not finding much use for it, then I wouldn’t force yourself. Just use PowerCLI.

  5. We use Ansible, with Service Now as our portal. I recently updated Ansible’s snow modules to support OAuth, and I am working with Red Hat and VMware to develop Ansible modules based on VMware’s REST APIs.

  6. I just started getting into it, handling things outside of VM creation process. Just realizing how powerful it is, and more use cases. I wish I had gotten my hands into it years ago.

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