If you registered and configured a third-party IPAM endpoint type in vRealize Orchestrator, you can create an endpoint for that IPAM solution provider in vRealize Automation.

About this task

If you imported a vRealize Orchestrator package for providing an external IPAM solution and registered the IPAM endpoint type in vRealize Orchestrator, you can select that IPAM endpoint type when you create a vRealize Automation endpoint.

Note:

This example is based on your use of the Infoblox IPAM plug-in, which is available for download at the VMware Solution Exchange. You can also use this procedure if you created your own IPAM provider package using the VMware-supplied IPAM Solution SDK. The procedure for importing and configuring your own third-party IPAM solution package is the same as described in the prerequisites.

The first IPAM endpoint for vRealize Automation is created when you register the endpoint type for the IPAM solution provider plug-in in vRealize Orchestrator.

Prerequisites

For this example, create an Infoblox IPAM endpoint using an endpoint type that you registered in your imported plug-in or package.

Procedure

  1. Select Infrastructure > Endpoints > Endpoints.
  2. Select New > Network and Security > IPAM.

    Select a registered external IPAM provider endpoint type such as Infoblox. External IPAM provider endpoints are only available if you imported a third-party vRealize Orchestrator package, and run the package workflows to register the endpoint type.

    For Infoblox IPAM, only primary IPAM endpoint types are listed. You can specify secondary IPAM endpoint types by using custom properties.

    For this example, select a registered external IPAM endpoint type, for example Infoblox NIOS.

  3. Enter a name and, optionally, a description.
  4. Enter the location of the registered IPAM endpoint in the Address text box using the provider-specific URL format, for example https:/host_name/name.

    For example, you might create several IPAM endpoints, such as https://nsx62-scale-infoblox and https://nsx62-scale-infoblox2, when you registered the IPAM endpoint type in vRealize Orchestrator. Enter a primary registered endpoint type. To also specify one or more secondary IPAM endpoints, you can use custom properties to emulate the extensible attributes that are specific to the IPAM solution provider.

  5. Enter the user name and password required to access the IPAM solution provider account.

    The IPAM solution provider account credentials are required to create, configure, and edit the endpoint when working in vRealize Automation. vRealize Automation uses the IPAM endpoint credentials to communicate with the specified endpoint type, for example Infoblox, to allocate IP addresses and perform other operations. This behavior is similar to how vRealize Automation uses vSphere endpoint credentials.

  6. (Optional) : Click Properties and add endpoint properties that are meaningful to the specific IPAM solution provider.

    Each IPAM solution provider, for example Infoblox and Bluecat, use unique extensible attributes that you can emulate by using vRealize Automation custom properties. For example, Infoblox uses extensible attributes to differentiate primary and secondary endpoints.

  7. Click OK.

What to do next

Add the compute resources from your endpoint to a fabric group. See Create a Fabric Group.