** Update 12/31/14: Videos have been posted! – https://www.virtualjad.com/2015/05/vra-live-extensibility-videos-published.html

As a much overdue follow-up to vRA Live! – Install and Configure, I will be hosting the next session on April 17th @ 1:00PM EST.  vRA Live! – Extensibility will focus on extending vRealize Automation through vRA’s extensibility tools.

Extensibility is used to unlock the power of vRA’s integration and automation of the cloud ecosystem, deliver custom services, and help bridge the gap between what is available “out of the box” vs. the reality that is an enterprise’s high-customized and often complex environment. While vRA can deliver basic IaaS services with relatively little effort, the real value for enterprises and those leveraging vRA for managing a software-defined datacenter is delivered by the ability for it to integrate, automate, and orchestrate the surrounding environment.

In vRA’s case, extensibility is made possible by leveraging a variety of native and external tools to accomplish the task at hand. These include Custom Properties, the Property Dictionary, vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), and – my favorite – the Advanced Service Designer (ASD).

This vRA Live! session will dive into the power of extensibility using these tools and will cover the implementation of a variety of popular use cases, implementation methodologies, and best practices. Best of all, I have invited another rockstar experts panel to share their thoughts and help respond to audience questions.

**In true #vralive fashion, this will be a live how-to, not a death by powerpoint session!!**


  • Welcome and Panel Introductions
  • vRA Extensibility Overview
  • Using Custom Properties
  • Property Dictionary
  • vRO’s Role in Extensibility
  • Advanced Service Designer
  • Day 1 vs. Day 2 Operations
  • Open Panel Discussion
  • Closing

Experts Panel:



Q: Will this session be recorded?
A: Yes, i will publicly share the recording afterwards with all who register.

Q: I’m kind of a big deal on Twitter, should I be tweeting about this event?
A: Hell yes, tag with #vralive

Q: Is this a VMware-sponsored or otherwise “official” event?
A: NO, this is all about community enablement.

Q: How long will this take?
A: I’m blocking 3hrs…but will go over/under as needed.

Q: The survey asks for my email address, but i’m too private to share. Options?
A: The WebEx password will be shared with you over email. Plus it’s the one level of validation i’m using…not for spamming.

Q: I plan on joining the call for the sake of complaining, heckling the speakers, or otherwise driving my own agenda. Is that okay?
A: No tolerance for unproductive crap…you will be immediately dropped.

Q: I’m currently evaluating vRA and have several questions regarding extensibility. Can i use this forum to share?
A: Absolutely, we will reserve plenty of time for Q&A.

Q: How do I sign up?
A: Click to complete a short survey



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