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288clouds is a personal blog focused on virtualization and cloud technologies.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not reflect the views and opinions of my employer (VMware).

Creating a Cloud Agnostic vRA Template with Inputs

vRealize Automation 8.x / Cloud allows you to create templates with cloud agnostic resources so that you can create a template that can be used across on-premises data centers and multiple clouds. So let’s explore how you can create a vRA template that meets the following requirements: The user should be able to select the deployment target environment (where the deployment should be created) The template should be able to deploy to multiple environments; for this specific demo, the template can deploy to the following environments: on-premises vSphere environment, VMware Cloud on AWS, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Note that Azure, which is available for use with vRA, is not included in my demo, but the concept remains the same if you want to add Azure to the mix.

Getting Started Videos for VMware Cloud on AWS

I created several getting started videos for VMware Cloud on AWS, which has been featured on the VMware Cloud Community blog but I thought it’d be nice to add these to my personal blog as well. VMware Cloud on AWS is a highly scalable, secure hybrid cloud service that allows organizations to transition rapidly and seamlessly to the cloud. Today, we are releasing a new set of videos to help customers get started with VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMworld 2021 Sessions for Securing and Managing Multi-Cloud

VMworld 2021 is coming up. Multi-cloud and security are some of the most discussed topics this year so let’s explore some of the sessions that you might be interested in attending to learn about how you can manage and secure multi-cloud environments using vRealize Automation! Register for VMworld 2021 VMworld 2021 is virtual again and the general pass is FREE! Register here! Tech+ Pass Only Sessions Tech+ Pass costs $299 but it includes all the general sessions plus enhanced technical deep-dive sessions.

Using vRNI with VMC on AWS: Getting Started

vRealize Network Insight can be used to gain visibility into the workloads in a VMware Cloud on AWS Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Let’s learn how you can get started with using vRealize Network Insight with VMware Cloud on AWS. Demo Product Versions vRNI Cloud VMware Cloud on AWS (SDDC version 1.14v4) Prerequisites VMC on AWS: SDDC deployed Access to the SDDC Process Overview Deploy a vRNI Data Collector in the VMC on AWS SDDC.

Using vRA with VMC on AWS: Getting Started

vRealize Automation can be used to automate the deployment of workloads to a VMware Cloud on AWS Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Let’s learn how you can get started with using vRealize Automation with VMware Cloud on AWS. Demo Product Versions vRA Cloud VMware Cloud on AWS (SDDC version 1.14v4) Prerequisites VMC on AWS: SDDC deployed Access to the SDDC Process Overview Deploy a vRA Cloud Proxy in the VMC on AWS SDDC.

vRA Cloud + GCP: Using Security Groups

Let’s explore how you can apply existing Google Cloud Platform (GCP) network tags when deploying machines to a GCP environment with a vRA cloud template. Demo Product Versions vRA Cloud GCP Environment Prerequisites GCP: Active GCP project Service account with appropriate roles for connectivity with vRA cloud vRA Cloud: Basic infrastructure configured for the GCP environment (Cloud Account, Project, Cloud Zone, Flavor Mapping, Image Mapping) Note: If you need help setting up a GCP cloud account, you can use Gary Flynn’s blog as a resource.

On-demand NSX-T Networks with vRA Cloud in VMC on AWS VS. On-Prem vSphere

You can create on-demand NSX-T networks using a vRA Cloud template in a VMC on AWS environment as well as in an on-prem vSphere environment. However, there are some differences between how on-demand NSX-T networks are created in these two environments due to limitations with vRA at the time of writing this post. On-demand Network Types vRA Cloud Assembly has several on-demand network types available depending on the resource you choose.

Creating On-demand Distributed Firewall Rules in VMC on AWS with vRA Cloud

Let’s explore how you can create on-demand distributed firewall rules in a VMC on AWS environment with a vRA Cloud template. Demo Product Versions vRA Cloud VMC on AWS (SDDC version 1.13) Prerequisites VMC on AWS: Active SDDC vRA Cloud: Basic infrastructure configured for the VMC on AWS environment (Cloud Proxy, Cloud Account, Project, Cloud Zone, Flavor Mapping, Image Mapping) Process Overview Create a template that adds a new security group to the deployment.

Using On-demand NSX-T Security Groups in VMC on AWS with vRA Cloud

There are different ways you can create on-demand NSX-T security groups in a VMC on AWS environment with vRA Cloud templates: through a vRA template or through a network profile. Demo Product Versions vRA Cloud VMC on AWS (SDDC version 1.13) Prerequisites VMC on AWS: Active SDDC vRA Cloud: Basic infrastructure configured for the VMC on AWS environment (Cloud Proxy, Cloud Account, Project, Cloud Zone, Flavor Mapping, Image Mapping) Methods Using vRA template Using vRA network profile Demos / Examples Method 1: Using vRA Template In a vRA Cloud template in vRA Cloud Assembly, drag a Cloud Agnostic Security Group resource on the canvas and connect it to the machine you’d like to place in the security group.

Using Existing NSX-T Security Groups in VMC on AWS with vRA Cloud

There are different ways you can consume existing NSX-T security groups in a VMC on AWS environment with vRA Cloud templates: through a vRA template or through a network profile. Demo Product Versions vRA Cloud VMC on AWS (SDDC version 1.13) Prerequisites VMC on AWS: Active SDDC vRA Cloud: Basic infrastructure configured for the VMC on AWS environment (Cloud Proxy, Cloud Account, Project, Cloud Zone, Flavor Mapping, Image Mapping) Methods Using vRA template Using vRA network profile Demos / Examples Method 1: Using vRA Template Under “Compute Groups” in the VMC on AWS UI, create a security group.