How To Configure HA LDAP Server with the vRO Active Directory Plug-in Using F5 BIG-IP (SKKB1025)

In this post we will demonstrate how to configure a highly available (HA) LDAP server to use with the VMware vRealize Orchestrator Server (vRO) Active Directory Plug-in.We will accomplish this task using F5 BIG-IP. This approach can also be used to achieve LDAP load balancing (LB) not only HA. Lab Environment Introduction Solution Additional Resources Read more about How To Configure HA LDAP Server with the vRO Active Directory Plug-in Using F5 BIG-IP (SKKB1025)[…]

How to set vIDM (SSO) LDAP Site-Affinity for vRA (SKKB1024)

In this article we take a look into how can we set LDAP site affinity for VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) and VMware Identity Appliance (IDA) , especially when used as Identity Provider by vRealize Automation (vRA). We will look into native vIDM options that let us accomplish this as well as how to achieve this Read more about How to set vIDM (SSO) LDAP Site-Affinity for vRA (SKKB1024)[…]

How to reactivate F5 BIG-IP VE with expired license (Configuration Utility restarting…) (SKKB1023)

Introduction Lab Environment Problem Solution Final Step Introduction In this article we will see how we can reactivate a F5 BIG-IP VE (Virtual Edition) Appliance that has an expired license. When the license is expired the BIG-IP Configuration utility gets stuck in “Configuration Utility restarting…” and you cannot login. We will focus on one of Read more about How to reactivate F5 BIG-IP VE with expired license (Configuration Utility restarting…) (SKKB1023)[…]

Orchestrator Certificates Explained (SKKB1022)

Introduction Lab Environment Orchestrator Communication Overview Orchestrator Certificates: Purpose and Characteristics Certificate for HTTPS 5480 Certificate for HTTPS 8281 & 8283 Certificate for Package Signing Managing the Orchestrator Certificates Certificate Keys and Stores Orchestrator Server Java KeyStore (jssacacerts) Overview of SSL Communication, Keys, and Stores Orchestrator Certificates: Purpose and Characteristics Use Case 1 (VAMI 5480) Read more about Orchestrator Certificates Explained (SKKB1022)[…]

How to Change the SSL Certificate of a vRO Appliance (7.x) (SKKB1021)

In this post we will take a look into the SSL certificate replacement process for vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.x appliance Lab Environment Current VMware Certificate Restrictions Scenario 1: Use vCO Dunes Private Key Generate Certificate Request and Issue Certificate Import the Ccertificate Import a PEM into the vRO SSL store Import a CRT into the Read more about How to Change the SSL Certificate of a vRO Appliance (7.x) (SKKB1021)[…]

vRO and Microsoft Azure integration using PowerShell (SKKB1020)

In this article we will take a look on how to integrate VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) and Microsoft Azure using Microsoft Windows PowerShell. Lab Environment Prerequisites Subscription Authentication Azure PowerShell Module Azure Configuration Initial Microsoft Azure configuration Cloud Services Storage Networks Directory Powershell Host Setup Installing the Azure PowerShell Module Configure the Certificate Authentication Method Read more about vRO and Microsoft Azure integration using PowerShell (SKKB1020)[…]

Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): Use Case 2 (SKKB1018)

In this article we will take a look at another VMware vRealize Automation Center (vRA) use case.  The use case describes a traffic management (Goe-Locaiton) scenario in which the vRA instances are installed is installed using the distributed deployment method. Part 1: Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for vRA (PoC) Part 2: Infrastructure Read more about Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): Use Case 2 (SKKB1018)[…]

Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): Use Case 1 (SKKB1018)

In this article we will take a look at our first use case. The use case describes a traffic management (Goe-Locaiton) scenario for vRealize Automation Center (vRA) instances spread across datacenters. The vRA instances use minimal deployment method. Part 1: Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for vRA (PoC) Part 2: Infrastructure Setup Part Read more about Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): Use Case 1 (SKKB1018)[…]

Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): Infrastructure Setup (continued) (SKKB1018)

In this article we will talk more about the infrastructure used for the PoC. We will configure additional software components to provide local DNS (LDNS) services and configure Cent SO virtual machines to serve as clients in our infrastructure. Part 1: Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for vRA (PoC) Part 2: Infrastructure Setup Read more about Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): Infrastructure Setup (continued) (SKKB1018)[…]

Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): F5 BIG-IP GTM Configuration (SKKB1018)

In this article we will focus on the F5 BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (LTM) configuration. We will take a look at LTM Datacenters, Servers, Listeners , ZoneRunner and DNS delegation, LTM with GTM integration, GTM with GTM integration, Pools, Wide IP’s, Topology records, and Distributed Applications. Part 1: Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP Read more about Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): F5 BIG-IP GTM Configuration (SKKB1018)[…]

Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): F5 BIG-IP LTM Configuration (SKKB1018)

In this article we will focus on the F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) configuration. This article assumes you have already deployed the LTM devices as described previously. We will take a look at LTM Monitors, Nodes, Pools , Load balancing and Virtual Servers. Part 1: Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for vRA Read more about Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): F5 BIG-IP LTM Configuration (SKKB1018)[…]

Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): Infrastructure Setup (SKKB1018)

In this article we will talk about the infrastructure used for the PoC. We will go through the software components used and the requirements this PoC introduces. We will configure VMware NSX Manger, review DNS entries, deploy F5 BIG-IP GTM and LTM devices, configure F5 BIG-IP with 3rd party certificates, VLAN’s and Self IP’s. Part Read more about Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC): Infrastructure Setup (SKKB1018)[…]

Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC) (SKKB1018)

In this article we will go thought an overview of this PoC and introduce some use cases that we will dig deeper into later. VMware vRealize Automation Center (vRA) will be one of the products in this Proof of Concept (PoC) for which use case(s) for Load balancing and geo-location traffic management will be presented. Read more about Geo-Location Based Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP for VMware Products (PoC) (SKKB1018)[…]

Wrong encoding or formatting of Linux configuration files can cause problems in VMware Appliances (SKKB1017)

Introduction Lab Environment Use Case: Malformed Krb5.conf file Introduction Correctly encoded and formated file Malformed file Fixing a malformed file vRO (Add A PowerShell Host) Workflow fails with “cannot locate default realm” error Introduction In this blog post we will look into some use cases that can lead to malformed or wrongly encoded files,  which Read more about Wrong encoding or formatting of Linux configuration files can cause problems in VMware Appliances (SKKB1017)[…]

How to build vRO PowerShell Host (PSHost) for high availability (HA) (SKKB1016)

Introduction Lab Environment Initial Windows Cluster setup Clustering the WinRM service Adding the cluster to vRO Test vRO PowerShell execution and cluster failover Introduction In this post we will take a look how to build and configure a highly available PowerShell host for vRO. The vRO PSHost has always been a single point of failure Read more about How to build vRO PowerShell Host (PSHost) for high availability (HA) (SKKB1016)[…]

Introducing the Add CredSSP to a PowerShell script (vROCmdlet) workflow (SKKB1015)

Introduction Lab Environment Getting the vROC workflow Examining the tabs Examining the Settings Presentation Tab Examining the Connection Presentation Tab Use Case 1: Execute PowerShell command locally on the PShost against the PSHost itself Use Case 2: Invoke PowerShell command locally on the PSHost against remote computer Use Case 3: Invoke PowerShell command on remote Read more about Introducing the Add CredSSP to a PowerShell script (vROCmdlet) workflow (SKKB1015)[…]

Let’s vROC with vRO! (SKKB1014)

“… And on the eight day God created vRO. And vRO was without integration, and alone on the Earth. And God said, Let there be integration with the Ecosystem: and there was the vRO Plug-in. And God saw the Plug-in, and it was good.” … or at least so the story goes. Although this might Read more about Let’s vROC with vRO! (SKKB1014)[…]