While I was working on various vRA deployment whether it is 6.x , 7.0 , 7.1 and 7.2 and many of my customers was looking for T-Shirt sizing VMs and I had to write vRO workflow with custom properties to ensure that customer get desired T-shirt sizing deployed VMs.
Now with the release of vRA7.3 , this is Out of the box available , Now you can have traditional blue print where user will chose number of CPU’s and Memory etc…or you can have blueprints where user chooses T-shirt size(like Small , Medium and Large ) deployment. obviously these parameterized blueprints will help us in reducing blueprint sprawls.
In vRA 7.3 VMware Introduced component profiles for defining size and image attributes , which will going to help us out in creating T-Shirt size blue prints and further we can trigger approval policies to size or image conditions.
In this post I will create a simple blue print by defining size and image attributes.
Let’s first Define Component Profile Size:
- Log in to the vRealize Automation console as an administrator with tenant administrator and IaaS administrator access rights.
- Select Administration > Property Dictionary > Component Profiles.
- Click Size in the Name Column.
- Click the Value Sets tab
- For defining a new value set, Click New and configure the Size settings.
- Enter the Values based on your defined sizes., Here I am creating three sizes:
Small: 1 vCPU, 4 GB RAM and 10 GB Storage.
Medium: 2 vCPU, 8 GB RAM and 20 GB Storage.
Large: 4 vCPU, 16 GB RAM and 40 GB Storage
- Once defined all the value sets click Finish , and we will have three value sets defined.
Next is the image profile.Now Click on Image
- Click Size in the Name Column.
- Click on Value Set and then Click on New
Enter Display Name
Enter Status as Active
Enter Action as Clone and we will be cloning from a template
Enter Blueprint Type as Server
Enter CloneFrom as “your vSphere Template”
Enter Customization Spec as “Same name as you have created in vCenter”
Enter Provisioning workflow as Cloneworkflow
- I am creating Image Value Sets for three operating systems
- Once created all, Click Finish.
We are done with Value Set of size and Image.
Now let’s create a Blueprint to use these Value Sets.
- Log in as an infrastructure architect.
Click the Design tab.
- In the New Blueprint window:
- Type the name of the blueprint in the Name text box.
- The Identifier text box will be auto-populated.
- Type the purpose of the blueprint in the optional Description text box.
- Select the Archive
- Select the Minimum and Maximum Lease
- On the NSX Settings tab, select Transport zone and Routed gateway reservation policy as applicable.
- Click OK.
- Click Machine Types in the left top navigation panel.You will see a list of all the machine types below.
- Drag and drop a VMware vSphere® machine onto the main canvas.
- Type the name of the VM component in the ID text box.
- Leave the Machine Prefix as Use Group Default. The host name will be assigned based on the machine prefix defined in your business group.
- Select the Minimum and Maximum
- Select Network & Security in the top left pane.
- Drag and drop Existing Network on the main canvas.
- In the Select Network Profile dialog box, select the network profile to use in your blueprint. Click OK and Click Save.
- Select the vSphere machine again on the main canvas. On the Network tab:
- Click New.
- Select the Network.
- For Assignment Type, select Static IP or DHCP.
- Next Important to Achieve t-shirt sizing, go to Profile
- Click on ADD
- choose your component profile which we have created in previous steps and Click OK.
- Then Click on Size and Choose Edit Value Sets and Choose all the Value sets that you want and a default value sets
- Click Ok and Publish the Blueprint.
- After configuration of entitlement , you will get Blueprint is in Service Catalog.
- Let’s Request a VM using T-Shirt Sizing
- Choose Image Set that we have created in Image Value Sets.
- Choose Size that we have created in size Value Sets.
Happy learning 🙂