Automation

Created by Joshua Cruz, Systems Support Specialist at Uncharted Software
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Migrated a Product
Migrated database
Migrated a web application
Used Automation
Used Puppet
Coded in Puppet
Used Terraform
Deployed VM and Docker container using terraform
Used Github
Updated a GitHub repository
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We migrated our product Professional works from physical servers to a high available cloud infrastructure.
DevOps Engineer, demv systems
Sep 03, 2021
Wrote an article
Used vRealize Automation/Orchestrator
Automated a server deployment
Used PowerShell
Used PowerCLI
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Running in-guest scripts on VMs from vRealize Automation

Once I sorted out how to use vRA to deploy VMs with specified virtual hardware configurations, the next big step was to perform actions inside the guest OS to further customize the deployment. I experimented with a few different approaches of varying complexity, but have (for the most part) settled on using vRA's Action-Based eXtensibility (ABX) component. This lets me write PowerShell code to connect to a vCenter through PowerCLI and leverages the VMware Tools connection to gain access inside the guest. From there, I can pass in whatever commands I want.

I wrote a post to document how I'm using ABX to expand a server's C: volume to fill the underlying virtual disk, add specified domain accounts as administrators on the system, configure the firewall, and more: 

https://virtuallypotato.com/run-scripts-in-guest-os-with-vra-abx-actions
Circuit design
remote cctv
Automated a process
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Had an interesting question from a field engineer who was installing a Hikvision ANPR camera and needed the alarm output to be 1sec instead of the default minimum 5sec.

I designed a quick 12V XOR Relay circuit to reduce the 5sec output to 1s using a timed on delay relay.


Technical Director, Slingshot Six Ltd
Aug 13, 2021
Wrote an article
Automated a server deployment
Wrote PowerShell code
Used vRealize Automation/Orchestrator
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Continuing my efforts to document and share the things I've learned and solutions I've hacked together while working on a VMware vRealize Automation project, I wrote up the details of how I got vRA to register static DNS records in Microsoft DNS by using a Windows SSH host as an intermediary. That let me use the DNS PowerShell cmdlets included in RSAT without complicated nested authentication problems.  
https://virtuallypotato.com/creating-static-records-in-microsoft-dns-from-vrealize-automation

Martin Rupf

with

Pluto

Aug 10, 2021
Joined an Early Adopter Program
Used Automation
Excited to check out Polywork as early adopters. Lets see if automation with hardware is present here as well?

Apr 19, 2021
Wrote JavaScript
Wrote PowerShell code
Automated a server deployment
Wrote an article
Used vRealize Automation/Orchestrator
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In this post, I explore two enhancements to the vRealize Orchestrator workflow cobbled together for generating unique hostnames which comply with a defined naming standard:
  1. Leveraging vRO's built-in Active Directory plugin to connect to AD and run a search to make sure a computer object with the proposed hostname doesn't already exist.
  2. Importing the DnsClient-PS PowerShell module to vRO and using that to query DNS to make sure that hostname doesn't have a record already.
https://virtuallypotato.com/vra8-custom-provisioning-part-three
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