vRO Plugin for PowerMax – vRA Automation

Though I’ve covered this previously with the other plugin, I thought it worthwhile to include it again for the PowerMax one, particularly as it supports vRA 7.5 so the interface is different from the other write-up. As a reminder I am using a simple vRA deployment – vApp and IAAS server – and a single user configurationadmin.

The high level steps I am going to take are as follows. Note that I use step numbers in the images themselves, so don’t confuse that with the high-level steps.

  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 PowerMax. Under this folder select a sub-folder and the desired workflow. Once the workflow is selected, no other options are needed, however in my example I change the category to XaaS. Simply select Next through to Finish. After the blueprint is created, highlight it and select Publish. I’ve created a GIF for this one since the screenshots would be too big – give it a few seconds to load once you click on it.


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. I also select an icon but that is optional.


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.

Step 5

Navigate to the Catalog tab -> Create VMFS datastore for ESXi Cluster and select Request. Fill in the appropriate information for each field and select Submit.

Watch the requests to see when/if it is successful.

Then we can look at the vCenter and find the newly created datastore.


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