Dealing with XML in VMware Orchestrator

As you write actions in vRO for actions and workflows, sooner or later you will be dealing with XML in VMware Orchestrator, and the question arises how that works. By default vRO does come with an XML plugin which you can use, but I’ve found that plugin to be incredibly unusable when you get to deal with some more interesting XML operations.

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Orchestrator Dynamic REST Operations

For one of my employers customers we’re currently automating the deployment of Palo Alto Networks firewall rules using the REST API of Panorama and VMware vRealize Orchestrator. While doing that, and doing that on several different environments I ran into the issue that when following the usual workflow of defining a REST host, and adding REST operations to that host, the ReST operations are not being exported. This means that when moving to another VMware vRealize Orchestrator server (formerly known as vCenter Orchestrator or vCO) you will have to manually redefine all REST Operations and relink them with your workflows. With the help of some VMware employees we came up with a proper solution to get this sorted.

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SAML authentication failed for this organization

In my previous blog post I explained how you can setup your vCloud vmware-logo-e1408959466427organization for SSO login using Microsoft AD FS. During the process of figuring out how this works, we ran into some issues, where each always ended with a notification saying “SAML authentication failed for this organization”. As both we and VMware didn’t have that much experience with AD FS at the time, we started looking at the issue together.  Continue reading SAML authentication failed for this organization

SAML authentication for vCloud Director with AD FS

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For quite some time we have been struggling to find out how to get the SAML authentication for vCloud Director to work with Microsoft AD FS. This to enable SSO functionality for our customers. Finally we seem to have found out how it works, so I thought I’d share this with you.  For the interest of speed, I assume that you know how to setup the ADFS and STS servers and services themselves, and that you already have that running including the AD claims provider.

 vCloud Director SAML configuration

The first step is to configure the SAML configuration in vCloud Director. To do this, you have to go to the Administration screen, and then into the federation menu. Here you have to enter the SAML metadata XML contents (or upload the xml file). You can download this file from the following url:

https://<ADFS Server URL>/FederationMetadata/2007-06/FederationMetadata.xml

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VMworld 2014 – an hyper-dynamic future in IT

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After a week of absorbing information at VMworld 2014 in Barcelona, I figured it was time to share my views on where VMware and the world of IT is headed for the coming years based on what VMware has shared last week, and my experience in the world of IT.

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vCloud Director upload error – The operation failed because no suitable resource was found

One of our vCloud Director customers recently ran into an issue where they could no longer upload OVF images larger than approx. 110 GB anymore. The error notification that we as admins got to see was as follows:

The operation failed because no suitable resource was found. Hub ” Production” doesn’t have enough “ClusterName” storage: required – 256,000 MB, available – 108,266 MB

 

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