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vRealize Automation Lego Brick Icon Changer

Today is the first time in 7 years I release another VMware tool. Recently on twitter I asked the question can you still not change the blue lego brick icon in vRealize Automation that is used for the root level services icon.

Tim Hynes @railroadmanuk actually corrected me and showed me in the vRA doc that you can do that now as of v7.2. It consists of a bunch of REST calls. So I went  about trying to understand how to make a .Net tool to change said icon… as it was, Tim beat me with a Python script to make the change but I felt it still had merit in building a Windows tool to do the same.

 

So here it is. Click to download:  vRA Lego Icon Changer (486 downloads)  

 

NOW BEFORE YOU USE THE TOOL BACKUP YOUR VRA VMS WITH ALTARO or VEMBU BACKUP.

I’M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE.

YOU NEED VRA 7.2 OR GREATER

 

Instructions:

  1. Load an icon into the tool that you wish to upload to vRA
  2. Provide vRA details
    1. vRA Appliance hostname or IP address
    2. Admin account for the default tenant vpshere.local
    3. Password for that admin account
  3. Click Upload

If you mess up there is a revert button to bring back the lego brick.

 

For now its not the prettiest UI but in v2 I will gloss it up… I just need feedback.

UPDATE: DON’T PANIC IF CHANGES HAVE NOT OCCURRED AS QUICKLY AS YOU LIKE. IN MY LAB I NOTICED THAT ITS NOT INSTANT AND A QUICK CLEAR OF YOUR COOKIES WILL SPEED UP THINGS!

 

Watch this animated gif showing how it works. Just Click on the picture below to to play the video!

FREE VM backup for everybody

Now that is nice, a free forever backup tool. Vembu software recently released a free version of their backup product and in their words:

  • Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition is suitable for both virtual environments like VMware, Hyper-V and also for physical servers, workstations, thus catering to all types of data centers
  • It is free forever. Post the trial period, a customer can continue to use the free version without any licenses involved
  • The free version does not have major restrictions and can perform full image backup and recovery of both physical and virtual machines, granular recovery of files, folders and applications and much more
  • Vembu’s own filesystem, VembuHIVE brings in-built compression, version control, encryption and error correction for efficient storage management
  • One can backup unlimited VMs and physical servers and thus the free edition is suitable for both production and testing environments

 

CLICK HERE to grab your free copy!

 

And OK it doesn’t offer its core features like CBT, or Instant Recovery feature but if you want just a bare basic backup a VM and restore it if there is a failure then why wouldn’t you? For home lab guys that don’t have a VCP or vExpert status this is perfect. If you want to find out the differences between the free version and full fat version CLICK HERE.

 

 

Vembu SaaSBackup 1.5 released

Vembu SaaSBackup 1.5, one of the most reliable and affordable solutions in the market for SaaS application backup will now have an option to backup Office365 OneDrive as well. Office 365 provides OneDrive for their customers, which is hugely beneficial to create documents, presentation, excel sheet and other business related apps. The entire data comprising of drives’ files and folders are stored in Office 365’s cloud storage, which is safe and reliable. However, there are limitations on backup options and it is imperative that line of business executives are in need for a backup option for OneDrive to backup their critical data.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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