CloudForms Service Bundle creation using VM Provisioning and Ansible Tower automation job

Service catalog bundles are a really useful CloudForms feature that enable us to mix and match various existing service catalog items together to form bundles of tasks.

 

One of the more useful examples of a bundle is to create a new VM, and then run an Ansible Tower job template on the resulting VM to configure it with an application role. If we have an Ansible Tower server added to our CloudForms installation as an automation provider, this is quite simple. We described the procedure to configure an Ansible Tower provider in CloudForms as part of our previous series on Ansible Tower integration in CloudForms 4.1.

 

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Review and Future Directions of CloudForms State-Machines

This article seeks to explain the use of State Machines in Red Hat CloudForms for the use in the flow control of automation.

The topic of State Machines is sometimes perceived as rocket science, barely used but often taught. The first thing to dispel is the complexity in state machines, then we can compare how a state machine differs from other process automation like Workflows.

Finally the article is to dispel the myth that State Machines are RUBY or if you use Ansible Automation Inside you do not need state machines, again not a true statement.

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Service Catalogs and the User Self-Service Portal

One of the most interesting features of CloudForms is the ability to define services that can include one or more virtual machines (VMs) or instances and can be deployed across hybrid environments. Services can be made available to users through a self-service portal that allows users to order predefined IT services without IT operations getting involved, thereby delivering on one of the major promises of cloud computing.

The intention of this post is to provide you with step-by-step instructions to get you started with a simple service catalog. After you have gone through the basic concepts, you should have the skills to dive deeper into more complex setups.

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Display Estimated VM Cost during Service Provisioning

To recuperate costs from running a cloud infrastructure, IT organizations often need to charge users for virtual machines they have provisioned. CloudForms contains chargeback functionality that helps facilitate charging users for the resources their virtual machines use. The administrator is able to set rates based on compute, network, and storage resources. Reports can then be run to calculate the chargeback for each virtual machine.

One of the requests customers often have prior to the virtual machine being ordered, is to be able to show the user what the cost of the virtual machine will be.

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InfoBlox IPAM and CloudFORMS Integration Part 1

This subject is only the hottest on the block at the moment…why? I guess because InfoBlox is pretty cool, it provides DHCP, DNS and IP Address Management services for any size of network. Its fairly easy to configure and InfoBlox are a good company who allow you to try their software for 60 days eval license. You can integrate using simple RestAPI (there is a Ruby GEM, but I don’t advise using it, I found it problematic, and Rest is so easy anyway!)

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Placement Profile – Best Fit Cluster using Tags

CloudFORMS has workflows for many different tasks including approval, quotas and placement to name just a few. This blog entry is going to add to the placement category of workflows. A previous post of mine showed how you could place new workloads NOT_NEAR “Workload Placement by Type (Not Near That)”¬†other workloads which I still think is really cool. This placement workflow is quite simple, it matches template tags against cluster tags. Example;

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