vRealize Automation | 28 MAY 2022
Check for additions and updates to these release notes.
|vRealize Automation Cloud | May 2022|
|VRealize Automation 8.8.1 | June 9 2022
Updates made to this document
|Date||Description of update||Type|
|5/28/2022||Initial publishing for vRealize Automation Cloud|
|6/09/2022||Initial publishing for vRealize Automation 8.8.1|
|6/21/2022||Machines connected to an NSX-T global network are not being tagged on NSX-T||Known Issue|
NEW DOCUMENT FORMAT
Starting with this release, the Release Notes for both vRA 8.8.1 and later, and vRA Cloud are now combined into one document. Some things to expect:
You can find information about these new features and more at VMware vRealize Automation Cloud and in the signpost and tooltip help in the user interface. Even more information is available when you open the in-product support panel where you can read and search for related topics, and view community posts and KBs, that appear for the active user interface page.
Familiarize yourself with the supporting documents.
|VRealize Automation Cloud||VRealize Automation 8.8|
|After setting up your users, you can use the Getting Started and Using and Managing guides for each of the included services. The Getting Started guides include an end-to-end proof of concept. The Using and Managing guides provide more in-depth information that supports your exploration of the available features. Additional information is also available in vRealize Automation product documentation.
After installing vRealize Automation and setting up your users, you can use the Getting Started and Using and Managing guides for each of the included services. The Getting Started guides include an end-to-end proof of concept. The Using and Managing guides provide more in-depth information that supports your exploration of the available features. Additional information is also available in vRealize Automation 8.8 product documentation.
For information on vRealize Orchestrator 8.8 features and limitations, refer to the vRealize Orchestrator 8.8.1 Release Notes.
SaltStack Config Upgrade Requirements
Before you can upgrade your SaltStack Config appliance you must upgrade the Master plugin. For information on upgrading the Master plugin, see Upgrade the Master Plugin.
Ability to enable/disable Log Analytics for Azure VMs - Day2
You can now enable/disable Azure VM log Analytics. This allows you to capture VM log data for further analysis by Azure Monitor and Query solutions.
Manage resource RBAC permissions with quick create VM
The deployment manage permission under Role Based Access Control now includes a new feature that allows you to create a VM directly using a single button and wizard independent of a VMware Cloud Template. With this feature you can:
Support for remote vCenter Server Cloud accounts
Similarly to 7.x releases of vRealize Automation, vRA 8.8.1 and later now supports the management of remote vCenter Server Cloud accounts. Instead of deploying a whole vRealize Automation instance in a remote site, you can now deploy a small vRealize Automation Extensibility (vREx) Proxy. This proxy VA helps a single central vRealize Automation instance to connect to the remote site and manage its resources. You will need to configure proper firewall rules and networking for a single communication channel only. This way, it is possible to manage resources of multiple sites while still having a simpler setup and and configuration.
There is no impact for existing deployments, this is a new feature that is toggled off by default. For additional information on enabling and using the feature, please consult with the vRealize Automation documentation.Learn more.
Storage limits are applied for Independent Disks and First Class Disks (FCD)
Previously, vRealize Automation only supported storage limits for day 0 attached disks and disks added via day2 operation. Independent disk & FCDs were not counted towards the storage limit set by the user. Now, if the disk size exceeds the storage limit set then the deployment will fail. This is also supported in IaaS API.
Cloud Guardrails Initial Functionality Release (vRA Cloud Only)
vRealize Automation has made it a priority to expand our capabilities deeper in the public cloud space. One of the areas we've identified to add value is in the provisioning, policy application, and continuous management of public cloud environments with an everything-as-code approach. This release represents our first step toward that vision with vRealize Automation Cloud Guardrails, a feature suite focused on the challenges faced with managing cost, performance, security, networking, and configuration at scale for multi-cloud environments.
Our goal is for Cloud Guardrails to tackle the multi-cloud management space ,with tasks like creating on-demand AWS Member Account with appropriate security and IAM configurations, while Cloud Assembly continues to handle the provisioning of services into multi-cloud environments. You'll see a continuous flow of updates to build-out Cloud Guardrails in service of that goal.
We look forward to your feedback around this announcement, and you'll hear more about vRealize Automation Cloud Guardrails and its vision soon.
Spring is updated to 5.3.latest due to CVE-2022-22965
Updated Spring version 5.3.18 to resolve CVE-2022-22965.
For more information on these vulnerabilities and their impact on VMware products, see https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2022-0010.html.
Machines connected to an NSX-T global network are not being tagged on NSX-T
Machine tags are defined in the cloud template and apply to the machine if deployed on vCenter, but also on the NSX-T if the machine is connected to an NSX-T network. Thi NSX-T Federation support was introduced in vRA 8.4. However, deployed machines with tags that are connected to an NSX-T global network are not being tagged on the NSX-T. NSX-T global networks are networks that are defined by the NSX-T global manager and apply to one or more NSX-T local managers.
Note: Machine tagging is different than machine NIC (network interface) tagging, which is working as expected.
Workaround: Manually add the tag on the machine on the NSX-T.
API documentation is available with the product. To access all Swagger documents from a single landing page, go to:
Before using the API, consider the latest API updates and changes for this release, and note any changes to the API services that you use. If you have not locked your API using the apiVersion variable before, you might encounter a change in an API response. All API updates and changes for this release are provided in the table below.
For unlocked APIs, the default behavior varies depending upon the API.
NOTE: For the Cloud Assembly IaaS APIs, the latest version is apiVersion=2021-07-15. If left unlocked, IaaS API requests will be redirected to the first version which is 2019-01-15. The first version is deprecated and will be supported for 12 months. To ensure a smooth transition to the new version, lock your IaaS API requests with the apiVersion parameter assigned to 2021-07-15.
For more information about using the apiVersion parameter when upgrading to newer vRealize Automation 8.x versions, see the vRealize Automation 8.8 API Programming Guide.
|Service Name||Service Description||API Updates and Changes|
|ABX||Holds all functionality specific to ABX, including creation and management of actions and their versions and executing actions and flows.||No change|
|Approval||Enforce policies which control who must agree to a deployment or day 2 action before the request is provisioned||No change|
|Blueprint||Create, validate, and provision VMware Cloud Templates (formerly called Blueprints)||No change|
|CMX||When using Kubernetes with vRealize Automation, deploy and manage Kubernetes clusters and namespaces.||No change|
|Content Gateway (content service)||Connect to your infrastructure as code content in external content sources such as SCM Providers.||No change|
|Custom Forms (form-service)||Define dynamic form rendering and customization behavior in Service Broker and Cloud Assembly VMware services.||No change|
|Deployment||Access deployment objects and platforms or blueprints that have been deployed into the system.||No change|
|IaaS||Perform infrastructure setup tasks, including validation and provisioning of resources in iterative manner.||No change|
|Migration||This service is used to quickly setup a vRA 8 instance based on information in a configuration file a.k.a Zero-Setup||No change|
|Project||Holds all functionality specific to creation, management and delete of projects||No change|
|Relocation||Define policy and plans for bringing existing VMs from any cloud under management.||No change|
|Catalog||Access Service Broker catalog items and catalog sources, including content sharing and the request of catalog items.||No change|
|Catalog Service (Policies)||Interact with policies created in Service Broker.||No change|
|Code stream all pipeline-service||These API provide access to Code Stream services.||No change|
|Identity Service||A list of identity, account and service management APIs.||No change|
|Relocation Service||New restrictions added to PATCH action on onboardingBlueprintState||No change|