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Exploring the Power of vRealize Automation Actions

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Introduction


In today's dynamic IT landscape, organizations rely on efficient automation and integration solutions to streamline operations and improve productivity. vRealize Automation (vRA), a powerful cloud management platform from VMware, offers a range of capabilities to automate and orchestrate various IT tasks. A key component of vRA's functionality is the use of vRA actions, which enable integration with external systems and custom task execution. In this blog post, we will explore the use cases and benefits of vRA actions, demonstrating how they enhance automation and integration in IT environments.


Use-case

The use case of vRealize Automation (vRA) actions is to extend the functionality and automation capabilities of vRA by integrating with external systems or performing custom tasks. Some common use cases of vRA actions include:


Provisioning and managing virtual machines: vRA actions can be used to automate the deployment and management of virtual machines in virtualized environments. This includes tasks such as creating virtual machines, configuring network settings, attaching storage, and executing post-provisioning scripts.


Service catalog customization: vRA actions allow you to customize the service catalog offerings by integrating with external systems or tools. For example, you can create an action to provision a specific software stack or configure a custom workflow for a particular service.




Integration with external systems: vRA actions enable integration with external systems, such as configuration management tools, IT service management platforms, or ticketing systems. This integration allows for seamless communication and coordination between vRA and other systems, automating tasks and workflows across the infrastructure.


Custom approval processes: vRA actions can be used to implement custom approval processes for service requests. You can create actions that invoke external approval systems, perform custom validation checks, or trigger notifications to approvers based on specific conditions.


Reporting and analytics: vRA actions can collect data from various sources and generate reports or perform analytics. This helps in monitoring and analyzing the usage, performance, and efficiency of the virtualized environment.


Self-service automation: vRA actions empower end-users by enabling them to request and manage their own resources through a self-service portal. Actions can automate the approval, provisioning, and lifecycle management of requested resources, providing a seamless self-service experience.


Steps to create a PowerShell action and integrate it into the workflow.


First Create an action.


Mention the inputs/output variable and their type.


Script :



The script will add two input values and return the output.


Integrating with workflow.



Select the action in the action element.


Link the workflow input and output according to the action element.




Once the input and output are attached, we are good at running the workflow.



Verify the input and output.



This is the output variable set.



Logs of the workflow.


Conclusion :

In conclusion, vRealize Automation actions are key to enhancing automation and integration in IT environments. They enable rapid virtual machine provisioning, customization of the service catalog, seamless integration with external systems, and robust reporting and analytics. By leveraging vRA actions, organizations can streamline workflows, improve operational efficiency, and enable self-service automation. With the continuous evolution of vRA and its expanding capabilities, organizations have the opportunity to revolutionize their IT operations and achieve higher levels of productivity and agility. Embracing vRA actions paves the way for a modern and resilient IT infrastructure.



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