3 Replies Latest reply on May 18, 2018 8:41 AM by daphnissov

    [vRO] Workflow collisions on powershell host

    r0j Novice

      Hello All,


      Having random issues with workflows failing, related to our powershell host via vRA event subscription orchestrator tasks that create MS DNS entries using dnscmd .

      This issue happens consistently when launching 3 or more catalog item requests simultaneously in vRA.


      We are using the Add DNS Record workflow from PSCoE (on solution exchange), after switching over from using run script in guest, which was overly complex for such a simple task, and also was experiencing the same issue as above.


      Turned on vmtools logging, switched powershell hosts, the symptoms are consistent.

      It looks like there are collisions/contention issues with the powershell script copy to the host before execution.

      We tried adding random timers to the workflow, which only reduces the problem but doesn't eliminate them altogether.

      Has anyone seen this kind of behavior before?


      Any feedback or alternative methods would be welcomed and appreciated.



      Thanks and Cheers...

        • 1. Re: [vRO] Workflow collisions on powershell host
          daphnissov Champion
          Community WarriorsvExpert

          This is always a problematic method when it comes to concurrency, locking, and PowerShell. Honestly, a much more scalable, robust, and also fully supported method is the SovLabs DNS module which doesn't require any vRO coding or EBS subscriptions on your part, and you can use different connection methods to your MSDNS server. I've seen zero problems running this in high scale or high concurrency deployments.

          • 2. Re: [vRO] Workflow collisions on powershell host
            r0j Novice

            I was afraid someone would say that...



            We attempted to engage sovlabs on pricing, and cant seem to get a straight answer without them fully engaging.

            Not ideal...


            Regarding the DNS Record workflow from PSCoE on the solution exchange.

            There is the ability to add multiple powershell hosts in the configurations / attributes for the workflow (we added three).

            The issue here is the first host in the list is the only one that is called from the workflow, and the ability to round robin between them combined with some delay timers might resolve the issue.


            Also, we have been considering moving DNS to the infoblox appliance, as it currently does our IPAM for the environment.

            Motivation to move in that direction I suppose, although the in service people may have some strong objections to that.


            Thanks for the feedback.



            • 3. Re: [vRO] Workflow collisions on powershell host
              daphnissov Champion
              vExpertCommunity Warriors

              You might want to speak with them regarding pricing anyhow. It's usually never as simple as asking a company, "how much for this thing?" and they give you the answer. It might be worth your time to check it out. I've had mixed luck with just about anything else when you start getting into concurrency issues, and PowerShell hosts are the worst about that (not just with DNS but with module invocation as well). They also have Infoblox integration for both DNS and IPAM, and I've used that fairly extensively again without any observed issues with as many as 500 deployments a day.