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Logging is a pretty important thing these days (well, almost all days), and being able to implement that into your CMP is equally as important. VMware's Log Insight solution is a fantastic platform for aggregating, analyzing, and searching for logs which offers the best integration with other VMware products on the market. Log Insight can consume logs from a variety of sources over several protocols. It also has an agent which can be installed in Windows and Linux and, with server-side configurations, is able to send file-based logs back to the Log Insight system/cluster. Well, today I bring to the community two new blueprints which automate the installation of this agent into workloads deployed from vRealize Automation. Simply import the .zip file into vRA using the API or the CloudClient, and drag-and-drop onto a blueprint. The nice thing about both of these blueprints is the agent is streamed directly from the Log Insight system--no need to pre-stage the agent package on a file server. Check the links on VMware Code if you're interested in checking these out:


Log Insight Agent for Linux

Log Insight Agent for Windows

Are you developing the next coolest vRA blueprint ever? Does it maybe involve NSX components? How about software blueprints? As with many efforts that don't quite succeed the first try, so to do issues occur within software during the development process. What happens in vRealize Automation when you try but fail? If you're reading this, you probably know:  it deletes the entire deployment. Not always helpful, especially when writing software components. Fortunately, there's an easy way to fix that. In your blueprint, add the custom property to your deployment called "_debug_deployment" and set the value to "true".



Now when you request that same item, instead of saying "Failed" and vRA blowing the whole thing up before you've had a chance to figure out what went wrong, the deployment will hang around out there. It'll say "Partially Successful" in your requests so you can distinguish between something that would have failed and when you finally see those successful ones.



Remove the property once you've got everything working properly. This will preserve some of your hair (if you still have any at all) and make the development process a little easier on you.

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Yes, hello, world. This will begin a series of blog posts for all to see and use.