CloudForms with Infoblox using Ansible Part 1: Prerequisites

In this blog series, we will cover how to integrate Infoblox IPAM with  Red Hat CloudForms using Ansible Playbooks. Before we start, let me point you that we already have a detailed blog on  CloudForms with Infoblox integration written by John Hardy[1] which has explained how to integrate CloudForms with Infoblox using Ruby scripts. 

Now the question is if we already have a detailed blog on this then what new I would bring to this blog? 

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Embedded Ansible – Part 1, Built-In Ansible Roles

The introduction of Embedded Ansible with CloudForms 4.5 enabled administrators to create CloudForms services that use Ansible playbooks instead of Ruby methods to perform tasks. Successive versions of CloudForms have expanded this capability, and automation developers can now construct complex CloudForms Automate workflows using Ansible playbooks alongside traditional Ruby methods.

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Which button should I click on?

Which button should I click on?

 

As a CloudForms user, do you ever get frustrated, wondering which button to click on or how to get to your selected location?

 

If your answer to any of these or similar questions is yes, then let me tell you that your life is going to get easier. Why does CloudForms need to be that complicated? The truth is that it doesn’t and we (with your help) are working on it.

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CloudForms 4.7 – What’s new with Ansible?

Ansible continues to grow and is the strategic automation engine for Red Hat’s business. Having a solid and constantly improving integration with Ansible is key for CloudForms’ future success.

 

Ansible Tower Workflows are widely used in by the industry to orchestrate and govern interactions between different playbooks. CloudForms has been able to run Ansible Tower Jobs since its 4.1 release. Starting with CloudForms 4.7, we will expand this support and will be able to utilize Workflows from the Service Catalog.

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Playing with REST API

Overview

In this article, I will describe how REST API works natively in Red Hat CloudForms.

REST stands for Representational State Transfer. REST is a web standard based architecture and uses HTTP protocol for data communication. It revolves around resources where every component is a resource and is accessed by a common interface using HTTP standards method.  

Red Hat CloudForms provides APIs to integrate external systems and initiate provisioning via CloudForms. In CloudForms, REST can be accessed by adding “/api” prefix to the URL.  

 

https://<IP or hostname of appliance> /api/

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Infrastructure Tour Italy Part 1

Introduction

Red Hat held an event on the infrastructure part of our portfolio in Milan and Rome on April 17th and 19th, 2018. One of the two demos presented was the management of a hybrid cloud environment with the Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Red Hat CloudForms.

 

The event information and agenda is available at:

https://www.redhat.com/en/events/infrastructure-tour-milan-2018

https://www.redhat.com/en/events/infrastructure-tour-rome-2018

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