Sep 092014

BIG release for a .1 release: Reporting improvements, Bulk import improvements, REST API Improvements, User Interface enhancements, better vCloud Air Integration, AppD integration, NSX Integration, Language localization!  WOW!  You can take a look at the release notes here.  Go and get downloading right here.

Here’s the what’s new section from the release notes:

Platform Support

vCloud Automation Center now supports Windows Server 2012 SP1 R2 (.NET 4.5.1).

Improvements in Reporting

IaaS Chargeback by Allocated Resource by Group report displays cost for blueprint, CPU, memory, storage, days, and totals.

Bulk Imports

Machines are imported with defining data such as reservation, storage path, blueprint, owner, and any custom properties. The following administrative tasks are supported:

      • Import one or more unmanaged virtual machines so that they can be managed in a vCloud Automation Center deployment.
      • Migrate one or more managed virtual machines between vCloud Automation Center instances.
      • Make a global change to a virtual machine property, such as a storage path.


vCloud Automation Center 6.1 offers the following programmatic interfaces for integrating with external systems:

      • Verb-oriented REST API that is fully integrated with SSO by using a bearer token mechanism for authentication of requests
      • Java SDK that provides native Java bindings for the public REST interfaces
      • Command-line tool for developers that supports scripting and interactive API exploration and troubleshooting
      • Reference documentation for the API and scenario-based documentation for common use cases such as submitting a service request, approving a request, listing provisioned items, and so on

vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCloud Automation Center

The vCenter Orchestrator plug-in for vCloud Automation Center 6.1 includes the following capabilities:

      • Enables workflow developers to call vCloud Automation Center functions from vCenter Orchestrator workflows
      • Exposes inventory and enables entities such as catalog items, requests, entitlements, approvals, blueprints, Advanced Service Designer blueprints, and actions to be used in vCO workflows
      • Enables scripting of vCloud Automation Center maintenance and administration tasks and supports multiple vCloud Automation Center instances simultaneously
      • Enables creation of administration self-service
      • Enables transparent SSO authentication and token handling

User Interface Enhancements

The user interface includes the following enhancements:

      • Advanced search
      • Display links in tables
      • Reorder columns
      • Adjustable column width
      • Sort order selection
      • Columns display selection
      • Actions relocated from drop-down menu to toolbar

vApp Lease Synchronization Between vCloud Director or vCloud Air (formally vCloud Hybrid Service) and vCloud Automation Center

A new scheduled workflow verifies whether synchronization of the vApp lease length is required between vCloud Automation Center and vCloud Director or vCloud Air. If a lease length conflict is found, the lease value is synchronized to match the lease length defined in vCloud Automation Center. Machines provisioned on a vCloud Director or vCloud Air endpoint are prevented from expiring before the lease period specified in vCloud Automation Center is reached.

Advanced Service Designer

Advanced Service Designer includes the following updates:

      • State-Aware resource actions that allow a service architect to define how resource actions such as Discard, Provision, or Change, affect the lifecycle of a resource.
      • vCenter Orchestrator plug-in that enables scripting of vCloud Automation Center, including Catalog, Approvals, Entitlements, Advanced Service Designer, and other entities.
      • Any IaaS resource type can be extended with Advanced Service Designer resource actions.
      • Feedback is provided to the user on the state of their requests.

Application Services (Formerly VMware vCloud Application Director)

Application Services, is now a component of vCloud Automation Center 6.1. To upgrade from Application Director 6.0.1 to vCloud Automation Center Application Services 6.1, seeUpgrading to vCloud Automation Center 6.1 in the VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.1 Documentation Center.

Marketplace access is not available in vCloud Automation Center Application Services 6.1.

Application Services includes the following updates:

      • Logical network mapping to vCloud Automation Center pre-existing networks
        • Enables Application Services network mapping in a deployment profile to pre-existing networks in vCloud Automation Center reservations
        • Displays network details from vCloud Automation Center to ensure proper selection for the application blueprint
        • Enables mapping pre-existing networks to logical networks for each application
      • Composite deployment profiles let you perform the following actions:
        • Model and manage composite application blueprints
        • Model composite applications by linking Deployment Profiles of separate application blueprints
        • Define the sequence for deployment and property bindings across different blueprints
      • Application Services catalog renamed to Application Services library
      • Enables scale out, scale in, and teardown for regular applications in the vCloud Automation Center service catalog
      • Artifact management
        • Manages the physical build files and other software artifacts required by applications at different stages of deployment.
        • Allows deployment settings to specify artifacts by name only rather than by location, which can change.
      • Leverages new property types, IntegerBoolean, and List of Values, when modeling application services and blueprints that allow user-friendly consumption in the vCloud Automation Center service catalog.
      • Multitenancy
        • Application Services can be registered to a multitenant vCloud Automation Center server
        • Different vCloud Automation Center tenants can be accessed from Application Services by using tenant-based URLs, similar to vCloud Automation Center
        • Application Services dynamically fetches business groups, roles, and users from vCloud Automation Center
      • When Application Services fails a deployment, the user is provided with the following options to resume from deployment errors:


        • Re-execute the last failed component
        • Delete the failed node
        • Edit or review the configuration and resume
      • vCloud Automation Center and Application Services
        • Allows consumers to own a requested application stack, including underlying machines
        • Allows the management of actions for applications in the library
      • Puppet integration
        • Provides actions for puppet-based deployments
        • Enables Windows support for puppet applications
        • Provides tighter Puppet integration by including the following updates:
          • Ability to create multi-tier applications in Windows blueprints
          • Enables deployments to be updated with Puppet content
          • Enables teardown of Puppet deployments to remove registered nodes from the Puppet server
          • Enables scale out and scale in deployments with Puppet content
          • Enables customization of the Puppet agent, which includes the environment variable and the frequency at which the puppet agent runs
          • Enables support up to Puppet Enterprise 3.2.3 and Puppet Open Source 3.6.2
      • Data refresh
        • Duplicates the databases in production without increasing storage costs
        • Refreshes the external database backups in a golden database node, masks data in the golden database, and clones any number of database nodes from the golden database node
      • Deployment


        • Provides the ability to stop an ongoing Application Services deployment
      • Run custom task update


        • Lets users run arbitrary custom tasks in an existing deployment without changing any component properties

NSX for vSphere Integration

NSX for vSphere integration includes the following updates:

      • Connectivity
        • Connects the vCloud Automation Center multi-machine service to pre-created NSX for vSphere logical distributed router to optimize for east-west traffic
        • Supports NSX for vSphere edge router, which adds overlapping IP addresses across applications and other benefits
      • Security
        • Isolates multi-machine service to allow traffic only between virtual machines in a multi-machine service as a default option with NSX for vSphere.
        • Selects pre-created NSX for vSphere security policies, including support for NSX for vSphere distributed firewall, NSX for vSphere data security and third-party endpoint and networking security solution, for each component blueprint in multi-machine service. An on-demand security group container is created, and specified security policies are applied at deployment time.
        • Selects NSX for vSphere Security Tags for dynamic NSX for vSphere security group membership, for example, Database servers, PCI, and so on.
      • Availability
        • Provides support for NSX for vSphere load balancer in addition to vCloud Networking and Security load balancer
        • Allows the dynamic creation of on-demand NSX for vSphere load balancer instance in a one-armed model
        • Supports third-party NSX for vSphere Partner Load Balancing services
      • Extensibility
        • All NSX for vSphere and vCloud Networking and Security integration is now through vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plug-in, including previously released and new functionality
        • Improved extensibility through vCO enablement


          NSX for vSphere and vCloud Networking and Security vCenter Orchestrator workflows can be defined as actions in vCloud Automation Center Advanced Service Designer.


Localization support in the user interface depends on your browser settings. See the documentation for your browser for details.

The following components are localized:

      • Self-service catalog
      • Consumer and administration user interfaces for date, time, number, and currency formats
      • Language preference for notifications

The following user interface components are not localized:

      • IaaS administrative user interface
      • Application deployment and update forms in Application Services are in English and not the language that is set in the browser
      • vCloud Automation Center Appliance management console

If the locale selected for the server is different from the locale selected in the browser, a mix of languages appears in the user interface. To avoid seeing multiple languages in the user interface after you log in as an administrator, set the administrator’s browser’s language to US English.

The following documents are localized:

      • Release Notes
      • Changes from vCloud Automation Center 5.2
      • Foundations and Concepts
      • Using Application Services

vClould Automation Center is available in the following languages:

    • Dutch
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Portuguese (Brazilian)
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Spanish
    • Traditional Chinese
    • Russian
    • US English

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