Wednesday, October 6, 2021

What's new in vRealize Automation 8.5.x and 8.6

The latest releases of vRealize Automation bring in a series of interesting features. 

Cloud Resource 

Cloud Resource view was introduced back in May 2021 for vRA Cloud and allows to manage resources directly instead of managing them by resource groups (deployments). It allows now to manage all discovered, onboarded and provisioned deployments, trigger power day 2 actions on discovered resources and bulk manage multiple resources at the same time.

ABX enabled deployment for custom resources

Provisioning a custom resource allows you to track and manage the custom resource and its properties during its whole lifecycle. No dynamic types are needed for full lifecycle management. 

Cloud Templates Dynamic Input 

Use vRO Actions for dynamic external values to define different types of input values directly at the Cloud Template and bind local input to the dynamic inputs as action parameters. 

Kubernetes support in Code Stream Workspace

The Code Stream pipeline workspace now supports Docker and Kubernetes for continuous integration tasks. The Kubernetes platform manages the entire lifecycle of the container, similar to Docker. In the pipeline workspace, you can choose Docker (the default selection) or Kubernetes. In the workspace, you select the appropriate endpoint. 

The Kubernetes workspace provides:

  • the builder image to use
  • image registry
  • namespace
  • node port
  • persistent Volume Claim
  • working directory
  • environment variables
  • CPU limit
  • memory limit.

You can also choose to create a clone of the Git repository.


vRA leverages Azure provisioning capabilities, including the ability to enable/disable boot diagnostics for Azure VMs for Day 0/2, and the ability to configure the name for the Azure NIC interfaces.

Other updates and new features 
  • Native SaltStack Configuration Automation Config via modules for vSphere, VMC, and NSX
  • Leverage third-party integrations with Puppet Enterprise support for machines without a Public IP address
  • Deploy a VCD adapter for vRA
  • Onboard vSphere networks to support an additional resource type in the onboarding workflow

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