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LittleCMDB (An Orchestrator and WaveMaker project) – Part 3

Table of Content

In Part1 we start with the SQL DB Plugin and create the required database for our need.

In Part2 we start with the development of our Workflow. We will start with a few elements.

In Part3 we  finish the  collection of the VM information.

In Part4 we insert our data into the database and test our created workflow

In Part5 we create our webview to get a look on our Data in the SQL Database

In Part6 we will make our Workflow smarter to update the DB with actual VM information

In Part7 problems with vAPP located virtual machines are fixed


Part3

Here we go with the Part3 of our LittleCMDB……

To get forward with out CMDB with need more Elements. We insert the following elements and workflows into the Schema.

  • A scripting element

  • a decision

  • the Workflow element “Extract virtual machine information”

  • a second scripting element

  • a third scripting element

  • a second decision

We can place the elements on the left side of our Schema.

After placement it have to look like this screen shot

 

Next we have to insert values in the different elements. Lets start with the first Scriptable task.

We set the name of the element t o”Countdown VMs” and insert a good description (we want to countdown the “AllVMs” Array…). Next we need the in and output’s for the element. Following variables are required:

Local Parameter Variable Name Module Direction Type
NumberVMs NumberVMs Countdown Vms in Number
allVMs allVMs Countdown Vms in Array/VC:VirtualMachine
SQLVID SQLVID Countdown Vms in String
NumberVMs NumberVMs Countdown Vms out Number
VmtoGet VmtoGet Countdown Vms out VC:VirtualMachine
SkipVM SkipVM Countdown Vms out Boolean
VMName VMName Countdown Vms out String
V_ID V_ID Countdown Vms out String

After we have created the values we start with our scripting. In our Scripting, we have to check different states of the connected virtual machines. Some states could lead to errors in our scripting, so we have to avoid them and skip the VM. In the Scripting Tab we have to insert this commands.


// set Variable SkipVM to false

SkipVM == false;

// We take the last VM in our Array

VmtoGet = allVMs.pop();

// some virtual machines are in the API but not connected. We must exclude them, otherwise we become errors

if (VmtoGet.summary.runtime.connectionState == VcVirtualMachineConnectionState.orphaned) {

SkipVM = true;

System.debug("OrphanedVM: " + VmtoGet);

}

if (VmtoGet.summary.config.template == true) {

SkipVM = true;

System.debug("Template: " + VmtoGet);

}

if (VmtoGet.summary.runtime.connectionState == VcVirtualMachineConnectionState.disconnected) {

SkipVM = true;

System.debug("VM Disconnected: " + VmtoGet);

}

if (VmtoGet.summary.runtime.connectionState == VcVirtualMachineConnectionState.inaccessible) {

SkipVM = true;

System.debug("VM Inaccessible: " + VmtoGet);

}

// Get the virtual machine name

VMName = VmtoGet.summary.config.name;

// create a unique UUID for the database (It is also possible to do so in the SQL DB....here I use the JavaScript )

V_ID = System.nextUUID();

// decrease the Variable NumberVMs

NumberVMs = NumberVMs -1;

Next we go to the decision. Here we have to insert a speaking name and a description. I use “SkipVM” as name. After that, we have to fill in the Decision condition.

 

For that, we click on “Not Set (NULL)” and choose the Skip VM variable

 

Then we have to set the parameter to “is false”

 

Then we are already finished with this module.

Now we have to deal with the “Extract virtual machine Information” Workflow. This workflow has one Input and a lot of Output variables.

Local Parameter Variable Name Module Direction Type
vm VmtoGet Extract virtual Machine in VC:VirtualMachine
folderName folderName Extract virtual Machine out String
folderID folderID Extract virtual Machine out String
runningHostName runningHostName Extract virtual Machine out String
runningHostID runningHostID Extract virtual Machine out String
resourcePoolName resourcePoolName Extract virtual Machine out String
rescourcePoolID rescourcePoolID Extract virtual Machine out String
clusterName clusterName Extract virtual Machine out String
clusterID clusterID Extract virtual Machine out String
computeResourceId computeResourceId Extract virtual Machine out String
datastoreName datastoreName Extract virtual Machine out Array/string
datastoreId datastoreId Extract virtual Machine out Array/string
diskSize diskSize Extract virtual Machine out Array/number
cpuCount cpuCount Extract virtual Machine out number
memoryMB memoryMB Extract virtual Machine out number
ipAddresses ipAddresses Extract virtual Machine out Array/string
networks networks Extract virtual Machine out Array/string
folder folder Extract virtual Machine out VC:VmFolder
host host Extract virtual Machine out VC:HostSystem
resourcePool resourcePool Extract virtual Machine out VC:ResourcePool
cluster cluster Extract virtual Machine out VC:ClusterComputeResource
computeResource computeResource Extract virtual Machine out VC:ComputeResource
datastores datastores Extract virtual Machine out Array/VC:Datastore

The output Variables must all be attributes….when your are finished your “Visual Bindings” have a whole bunch of connections…

 

That’s all for the module. Know we have to deal with the second scripting element. When you have a deeper look at the “Extract virtual machine Information” module, you will see that some information about virtual machines are missing. One of these information is the virtual machine UUID. This UUID is always unique for a VM. The name of the VM could be changed but the UUID with not be changed. So to be able to identify a VM we need this UUID. In this scripting element, we want extract this information.

First we give a name and a description for the module. I use the name “GetVMUUID”. Then we need one Input parameter and a output parameter.

Local Parameter Variable Name Module Direction Type
VmtoGet VmtoGet GetVMUUID in VC:VirtualMachine
VMUUID VMUUID GetVMUUID out String

In the scripting tab we insert the following:

VMUUID = VmtoGet.summary.config.uuid;

With this, we get the UUID of the virtual Machine.

Now it is time to configure the third scriptable task. In this module, we will check if the VM is already in our DB. For that, we do some custom SQL scripting. We will not use a “predefined” SQL Statement, which we created earlier because we only need two columns for our decision.

First, lets name the module and insert a description. I name the module “GetVMfromDB”

Let’s see what Input and Output parameter we need:

Local Parameter Variable Name Module Direction Type
isUnique isUnique GetVMfromDB in Boolean (true)
VMUUID VMUUID GetVMfromDB in String
V_ID V_ID GetVMfromDB in String
VMInfo_Table VMInfo GetVMfromDB in SQL:Table
VMInfoRead_Result VMInfoReadResult GetVMfromDB in SQL:ActiveRecord
VMName VMName GetVMfromDB in String
VminDB VminDB GetVMfromDB out Boolean

The VMInfo_Table must be chosen. You can pick the right Table during the configuration of the Variable


The VMInfoRead_result is reading data out of the database and to work with this data.

After we have created all variables, we can start with the Scripting.

The script we need has to read the VM information out of the db (if the VM exist in the database). If the VM exist it generates a log entry and sets the Variables “VMinDB” to true. Otherwise to false. We use the Variable “VMinDB” for the control of our Workflow.


// We check the DB for the VM. The check is based on VMName and UUID

var columns = {
UUID : VMUUID,
VMName : VMName,

};
VMInfoRead_result = VMInfo_Table.readRecords(columns);

// Some local variables here. We have to split the DB Information
var SplitArraytoString = VMInfoRead_result.toString();
var UUIDString = SplitArraytoString.search(VMUUID);
var VMNameString = SplitArraytoString.search(VMName);

if ((UUIDString >= 0) && (VMNameString >=0))
{
VMinDB = true;
System.log("VM: " + VMName + " already in DB.")
}
else
{
VMinDB = false;
System.log("VM: " + VMName + " not in DB.")
};

At last we have to deal with the next Decision. I use the Name “VM in DB”for that decision. Here we check if the VM is already in the DB.

 

 After we have chosen the Variable, we set the Boolean Value to “false”

 

After we have finished all the Elements, we are starting to connect these. We start with the “Countdown VMs”. We need a connection from “NumberofVMs” to there. And from “Countdown VMs” we will make a connection to “SkipVM”

 

Next we need a connection from “SkipVM” to “Extract virtual machine Information” and a “Error Connection to “NumberofVMs”.

 

All Other Elements will be connected to the following element.

 

From “VM in DB” we connect the error connection to “NumberofVMs”. When the VM is already in our Database, we go further with the next virtual machine.

 

At least for this part, we create a End under “NumberofVMs”. This End will be reached, If the number of VMs is “0”.

 That’s all for Part3. In Part4 we will start to insert the Data into the SQL Server, so stay tuned 😉

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LittleCMDB (An Orchestrator and WaveMaker project) – Part 2

Table of Content

In Part1 we start with the SQL DB Plugin and create the required database for our need.

In Part2 we start with the development of our Workflow. We will start with a few elements.

In Part3 we  finish the  collection of the VM information.

In Part4 we insert our data into the database and test our created workflow

In Part5 we create our webview to get a look on our Data in the SQL Database

In Part6 we will make our Workflow smarter to update the DB with actual VM information

In Part7 problems with vAPP located virtual machines are fixed

Part2

Here we go with Part2 of the “Little CMDB” Project. Enjoy the Post 😉

After the SQL Database is ready, it is time to start with the Workflow development. As first task, let’s start and create a new workflow. I will name my as GetVMConfig.

Insert a good description for the Workflow, change the Version Number and then lets go to the schema tab.

 The first thing we need, is a action element to get a list of all virtual machines. Just drag the action element into the window.

 

Just insert „getAll“ into the filter field. As second step choose the “getAllVMs” Workflow.

After we have insert the workflow we change to the „General“ Tab and drag a „Scriptable Task“ and a „Custom Decision“ into the Schema

Now we insert a name for the „Scriptable task“, I choose CalculateVMNumber and a Description.

After that, we are changing the name the of the “Decision” to “NumberofVMs” and insert a description.

 

After we have complete this naming and description for the workflows, we have to create some Variables.

There are two ways to create the variables. The first one is, to drag and drop from the workflows and actions over the Visual Binding tab. The second is to create the variables on the general tab. I will use the first choice.

For all other, here is a sheet with the required variables and there value to create them on the General tab:

Local Parameter Variable Name Module Direction Type
actionResult allVMs GetAllVMs out Array/VC:VirtualMachine
allVMs allVMs CalculateVMNumber in Array/VC:VirtualMachine
NumberVMs NumberVMs CalculateVMNumber out Number
NumberVMs NumberVMs NumberofVMs in Number

Lets start with the “getAllVMs” Action

I recommend to give a variables a “speaking” name and a description

When your are finished, your “Out” tab must look like this:

The next thing we have to configure, is the “CalculateVMNumber”. Here we have to insert the “allVMs” variable over the “IN” Tab

You can insert the Variable over the “Plus” symbol.

At the moment we have only one possible value so we choose the “allVMs”.

Next we go to the “Out” tab. Here we have to export the “NumberVMs” Variable. You can insert the variable over the “Plus” Sign. If you don’t have created the Variable jet, you can do so over the link above.

After we have created the variable (don’t forget we need a “number” as type 😉 ) we go to the script tab.

Here we do our first scripting. We wont to get the length of the array. We can to that with this small script: