vCAC 5.2 Hotfix 5 fails to install with error HTTP 403.4 – Forbidden

Another gotcha you might run into when you try to install vCAC 5.2 Hotfix 5 … When you try to install the hotfix on a repo server that only accepts HTTPS/SSL connections you might encounter the following error: This is because somehow the installer only tries to access the repo via HTTP. In this case […]

vCAC 5.2 Hotfix 5 fails to install correctly on a machine without Model Manager Data directory

When you install vCAC 5.2 Hotfix 5 you certainly have to install this on all componentens and systems running any piece of vCAC software. However, there is a scenario when this is not enough, or you have to do some manual adjustments. You will remember, that when you first installed vCAC 5.2, you had to […]

vCAC 5.2 Hotfix 5 Available

vCAC 5.2 Hotfix 5 is available. This hotfix addresses a lot of issues that were unfortunately introduced with hotfix 4. So it might be a good invest testing it to see if things are gone… A backup of your infrastructure prior installing it is highly recommended as a restore is not really possible. So you […]

Static IP Assignment not working any more after you apply vCAC 5.2 Hotfix 4 (HF4)

When using the static IP service in vCAC 5.2 you might come to a suprise after you installed vCAC 5.2 Hotfix 4 (HF4), because – it no longer works… VMware Support is informed about this and will fix it in HF5. Until then you either do not use this feature any more or use a […]

vCAC: Dynamically execute Scripts in ExternalWFStubs Workflows with PowerShell

Property Definitions for executing custom scripts

Often you would like to customise one or two things with a script in one of the predefined workflow steps like ‘BuildingMachine’. However depending on your blueprint you do not neccessarily want to execute all of the scripts all time. Having some more dynamic selection would come in handy. This can be easily done with […]

vCAC: Export all PropertyDefinitions automatically with PowerShell

Imagine you feel like reinstalling your vCAC system as the DB got somehow corrupted and VMware support is not able to fix it. Although you really like the fancy GUI of the vCAC administration interface you somehow get bored to enter all your configuration options again and again … As usual, there is help: You […]

vCAC: Displaying Available Networks per Location using PowerShell

Sometimes you want to have the user to be able to select a VLAN based on the location he chooses during a machine request. With some little logic you can actually create a DropDown box backed by a ValueExpression that lists all selected networks per location. You only have to enumerate all HostReservations, lookup the […]

A better placement strategy for vCAC with Custom Properties

Reservation Custom Properties

As an update to the previous post on doing a manual placement of VMs I would like to present a approach for a placement strategy in vCAC that is a little bit more flexible than just relying on the location field and a reservation policy. The idea is to have custom properties on various reservations […]

[NoBrainer] Enumerate over all vCenter VMs in vCAC

Did you ever want to quickly enumerate over all vCenters that are connected with vCAC? without storing hard coded credentials? and never worry when endpoints are added or removed? Here is how …

[NoBrainer] Get location field for vCAC ComputeResource

In vCAC you can set a location on a ‘Compute Resource’. While in some cases this might not make sense (e.g. vCenter stretched clusters) you might still want to use it, for example to implement some placement logic. When you have a look at the object, you might be surprised to see, that there is […]