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vRO workflow: Remove virtual machine snapshots older than X days/hours.

Introduction If you are familiar with the vRealize Orchestrator and vCenter plugin, you may know that a build-in workflow called: Remove old snapshots (Library->vCenter->Virtual Machine management->Snapshot) can be used to find and remove old snapshots. So, why do I need a new workflow? Because it is the first part of my plan to create vRealize Automation custom action o Deployments level. The second part I will publish in the vRealize…

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vRO workflow: sleep or pause and wait? What’s the difference, and when to use these options?

Introduction Sometimes we need to stop processing our workflows and wait for example to check a process in a guest every few seconds. But vRealize Orchestrator gives us two options. We can use Sleep task or use Waiting timer/Wait until the date that will suspend workflow and schedule resume when you want. But what are the differences? When should we use the sleep tasks, and when suspend the workflow? In…

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Create/Remove snapshots for all virtual machines inside VM folder using vRO Plugin

Have you ever tried to create snapshots for multiple virtual machines? You can select many VM and power on/off, migrate or delete, but there is no option to create or remove snapshots. When you need to do it on few servers, it is not a problem, but what if you need to make 20 snapshots? A lot of clicking. Below I show you how to extend vCenter functionality using vRO…

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Register vRealize Orchestrator 8.3 as an extension of vCenter Server 7.0

vRealize Orchestrator is a great automation platform and can be used to automate many everyday tasks. Sometimes we don’t realize that we have the required license, and we can use it in our environment because it is included in the vSphere license (check vRO licensing here). We can build custom workflows or use out-of-the-box plugins to extend our vSphere environments’ functionality. For example, we are creating snapshots for 20 VMs…

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