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Salt SDDC Modules – Getting Started

Salptoject.io recently released a collection of open source (of course!) Salt-maintained extension modules for VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud on AWS and NSX-T. You can find these modules on Github here, the documentation here and a pretty cool quickstart guide here. This is quite early days for these modules, so at the moment I am just planning to…Continue readingSalt SDDC Modules – Getting Started

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Painting the new Cappella Sistina. In the Cloud.

Running a business is art. Cloud Operating Model helps you becoming an artist of success.Continue readingPainting the new Cappella Sistina. In the Cloud.

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vRA SaltStack Config – Pillars

Salt Pillars are key elements to have parametric Salt State files allowing them to be more flexible and reusable. Here is an introduction to Salt PillarContinue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Pillars

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vRA SaltStack Config – Top Files

So far we played with Salt State files to apply configurations to Minions and we learned that these are generic by design and describe only what configuration should be achieved. And we used the concept of Targeting to specify where one, or more, State should be applied. In this post I’ll try to cover a different…Continue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Top Files

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VMworld 2021

Imagine that: great tech, great guests, great customers stories, great you! October 6-7 in the virtual Barcelona this year.Continue readingVMworld 2021

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vRA SaltStack Config – Configure git fileserver

Salt relies on files (e.g. State files, Reactor config files, Pillars, etc.), for this reason it comes with a simple file server suitable for distributing files to the Salt Minions. The file server is a stateless ZeroMQ server that comes with the Salt Master. The main goal of the Salt file server is to present…Continue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Configure git fileserver

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Consume vRA SaltStack Config API in vRA Extensibility

These are the early days of the integration between vRealize Automation and vRealize Automation SaltStack Config (formerly know as SaltStack Enterprise) and some things are yet to come. For instance, today in the 8.4 version if you deprovision a VM in vRA the related Salt Minion key is not deleted in vRA SaltStack Config, this…Continue readingConsume vRA SaltStack Config API in vRA Extensibility

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vRA SaltStack Config – Install with vRLCM

vRA SaltStack Config supports two installation methods: Standard installation – Installs the architectural components needed for SaltStack Config in four or more separate nodes. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRLCM) installation – Installs SaltStack Config and all of its architectural components on a single node. This method also installs the Salt master host and configures a required vRealize Automation property group. In this blog post…Continue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Install with vRLCM

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vRA SaltStack Config – Event-Driven Automation

In the previous post we introduced State Files and explored a bit how they allow a declarative approach to configuration management. We also covered how States Files can be applied to Targets through Commands and Jobs and we will explore in the future the concept of Highstate. All of this is human initiated: an operator…Continue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Event-Driven Automation

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vRA SaltStack Config – Declarative Configuration Management

So far we covered SaltStack remote execution (do you remember the command salt myminionid pkg.install httpd and the Salt Execution Module? If not check this post) which is great and powerful, but it is more suited for spot activities. Actually when you have to manage complex systems configuration at scale you need a combination of…Continue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Declarative Configuration Management