Basic vRA Endpoint workflow progress

Some really good progress has been made this week, to include;

  • Adding NvIPAM as legitimate vRA Endpoint
  • Get IP Rangescropped-nvipam-1.png
  • Allocate IP from IPAM
  • Release IP to IPAM

The first, took off after looking at the code in the SDK package.  One of the main things I found was it required two actions, and four workflows.  I simply copied the ones listed int the SDK into my own folders, and off I went.  Actually the only rea


l change was just changing the Id’s in my copied workflow to match the action path, and the workflow ID’s.  Danged if it didn’t get added the first time.



After the type was added, I simply went in added my IPAM server as  an NvIPAM IPAM endpoint.

Get IP Ranges workflow took some major rework as the SDK version uses hard-coded pools, and did not have support for a token authentication.  Bearer tokens will be used throughout the project so an action was developed for reuse.  The username, password and baseUrl are provided by vRA as an Endpoint composite type.

After making some additional changes to one of the actions and the workflow, I was able to add an IPAM pool to vRA, and assign it to a reservation. The Range Name is generated by IPAM by appending the pool to the network to simplify pool discovery (See previous posts).


The basic allocate and release workflows are also working for basic External network IP management.  I’ll go into more detail about those in later posts.

DNS management is next on the list.  Stay tuned.



NvIPAM Ansible Playbook

Man I love it when a play starts to come together. cropped-nvipam-1.png

First off, the refactoring is done.  Oh yeah.

Plus an Ansible playbook to prepare and setup NvIPAM on a basic CentOS virtual machine is now working.  The playbook installs and configures the following

  1. Installs the basic OS requirements
  2. Installs and configures Postgresql
  3. Installs and configures PowerDNS authoritative and recursor servers
  4. Installs and configures Python virutal environment
  5. Installs and configures NGINX
  6. Setups uWSGI
  7. And installs the application

And if that isn’t enough, I dumped the Swagger into a Postman file to help with continuing development agains vRealize Orchestrator (and other CMS).

The current install script is available at NvIPAM setup

The next step is to start tinkering with the vRA IPAM SDK.