VMware vRealize Automation 6.2 and more Released

VMware har released there new version of vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) now VMware vRealize Automation 6.2 and vRealize Automation Application Services 6.2.

What's New

Supportability Enhancements

  • Improved logging and event tracking for auditing.
  • Included centralized log collection of all cluster logs, including IaaS.
  • Added telemetry support.
  • Added certificate validation and simplification in vRealize Automation Management console.

Integration with vRealize Operations Manager

  • Provides reclamation recommendation based on data from vRealize Operations Manager.
  • Displays Health Badge from vRealize Operations Manager.

API Improvement and new CLI Tool

  • Support for managing reservations has been added to the vRealize Automation REST API. The new API capabilities include creating, updating, or deleting a reservation, and viewing information about a reservation such as its compute resource usage. The supported reservation types are supported: vSphere, vCloud Director, Amazon, KVM (RHEV), SCVMM, Hyper-V, and XenServer. Enabling FlexClone in vSphere reservations is not supported from the API in this release.
  • Updated the vRealize Automation Programming Guide with a greater focus on performing common tasks and scenarios by using the vRealize Automation REST API and with overview information about the API services and working with the API reference documentation.

Endpoint Support Enhancements

  • vRealize Automation can connect to vCloud Air including subscription and on-demand service or vCloud Director through proxy, which is configured in vCloud Endpoint.
  • Supports Xen Desktop 7.0.
  • Supports OpenStack Havana.

Advanced Service Designer Enhancements

  • Support for importing and exporting Advanced Service Designer content.
  • Support for complex and interactive forms for resource actions.
  • Populates form controls with data from external systems.

Application Services Enhancements

  • Ability to edit custom properties for published applications in the service catalog.

vRealize Orchestrator Enhancements

  • Switch case
    • The switch case activity handles complex conditional and branching operations from within the automated workflows. In common with the decision elements, switch case activity controls the workflow run by letting the workflow developers to specify different codes that should run in various conditions. In the switch statement, a variable is tested for equality against a list of values. When a case statement matches the value of the variable, the particular workflow branch is processed.
  • Global error handling
    • In addition to the traditional activity-based error handling, vRealize Orchestrator 6.0 introduces a global error handling mechanism, which lets workflow developers choose a default error path that is valid at a global workflow level. The default error handling activity diagram also allows for a custom definition of rollback actions in case of a workflow failure.

Other Feature Enhancements

  • View the Calendar of Events on the Home page.
  • Schedule date and time for the reconfigure operation.
  • Change lease. You can set the expiration to indefinite or never.
  • Supports configurable email templates.
  • Supports editing of any machine property during the approval process.
  • Supports filtering of catalog items by Business Group.
  • Performance improvements.

Branding Change

  • vCloud Automation Center is rebranded to vRealize Automation. Only the user interface and service names are changed. Directory names and program names that contain vcac are not changed.
  • Branding has been changed to match the VMware standard for color, tabs, and gradient. You can still set your product logo in a header that is now 50pixels tall and has a gradient from your supplied color to 40 percent darker in HSV space. Your supplied text color is now used for the entire page, including secondary tabs, bottom text, and goal navigator. For very bright themes, for example almost white, the tab background is #DDD to differentiate it from the active tab. Otherwise your color is used. You cannot change the bottom color.

See the Release notes here: https://www.vmware.com/support/vcac/doc/vrealize-automation-62-release-notes.html

There are also new versions of the vRealize Business standard 6.0 and Advanced/Enterprise 8.2

Release notes for this on: https://www.vmware.com/support/vrb-std/doc/vrealize-business-standard-60-release-notes.html and https://www.vmware.com/support/vrb-ae/doc/vrealizebusiness-advanced-and-enterprise-82-release-notes.html

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