VMAX Plugin for vRO – workflows in vRA

I had promised this information in one of my previous posts on the plugin for vRO, but time got away from me and there were some more pressing things to cover. In truth, configuring vRA to execute vRO workflows is not a heavy lift. My guess is if you are familiar with vRA then you already can do this; nonetheless I’ll go through what I did in case someone is in need of the process.

First, I wanted to note that the VMAX plugin in its current form works with vRA 7.2 and 7.3 but not 7.4 which was recently released. Additionally, you can only use Unisphere for VMAX 8.4. Unisphere for PowerMax won’t work. Changes are required in the plugin itself to fix this. I’ll post a new version as soon as they resolve the issues so don’t drive yourself crazy trying to get it to work.

I’m going to start with the assumption that vRA/vRO is installed and configured. That includes the installation of the VMAX plugin for vRO and at least one vCenter available in vRA. I am using the configurationadmin user who has the ability to do everything in my environment – what can I say it’s a lab.

The high level steps I am going to take are as follows:

  1. Create a service
  2. Create an XaaS blueprint for workflow
  3. Configure catalog item from #2
  4. Create entitlement
  5. Execute new catalog item

Step 1

Login to vRA as chosen user. Navigate to the Administration tab -> Catalog Management -> Services , select New and fill in the appropriate information.

Step 2

Navigate to the Design tab -> XaaS -> XaaS Blueprints and select New. Navigate the workflows, opening the folders Orchestrator -> Library -> Dell EMC -> VMAX Storage. Under this folder select a sub-folder and the desired workflow. Once the workflow is selected, no other options are needed. Simply select Next through to Finish. After the blueprint is created, highlight it and select Publish.

Step 3

Navigate to the Administration tab -> Catalog Management ->  Catalog Items. Highlight the new blueprint created in Step 2 and select Configure. Update the Service to the one created in Step 1.

Step 4

Navigate to the Administration tab -> Catalog Management -> Entitlements, select New and create a new entitlement. To this, add the service from Step 1 and the Item from Step 3.

Step 5

Navigate to the Catalog tab -> VMAX_vRO_Workflows and select Request. Fill in the appropriate information for each field and select Submit. Watch the requests to see when it is successful.

You can also use Solutions Enabler to see the snapshot in this case.

And that’s it.


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  1. Hi Drew,

    I saw that some VMware plugins you mentioned recently, like VSI, vRO, are not certified by VMware.
    While some other major players in the market have these plugins certified.

    Can i know any background for this?

    Thank you very much!

    1. For some of our products, we are required to do certification – for instance Dell EMC Storage Analytics which is a plugin to vRealize Operations. You will find that one one VMware’s site. For others, like VSI, VMware does not require certification, We do our own certification and testing internally and support the plugin. The VMAX vRO plugin is not a Dell EMC supported product so that one would not be certified by either of us. I am not privy, however, to other vendors’ certification so you would have to check with them why they did so. Thanks for asking.

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