VMware releases vCloud Automation Center(vCAC) 5.2

End of May 2013 VMware released vCloud Automation Center(vCAC) 5.2.
The foundation of vCAC is based on DynamicOps Cloud Automation Center 4.5 software. DynamicOPS  was acquired by VMware in July 2012.

vCAC enables automated provisioning of both virtual machines and physical servers (including the guest operating system). Provisioning of both on-premises and cloud infrastructures is supported. vCAC enables authorized end-users to quickly have access to servers without IT having to perform the provisioning. Provisioning is so reduced from days to minutes.
vCAC can be seen as the big brother of vCloud Director able to perform Heterogeneous Cloud Management.

More information on what vCAC offers can be read in my post here.
The release notes can be downloaded here.
Documentation is here.
Download here

There is a great icon pack available for free here. vCAC comes with some out of the box icons for your system, but if truth be told, it’s limited and doesn’t include any icons that you would want to use. Scott Sauer over at www.virtualinsanity.com has built a package that includes a lot of really great, industry related icons that can be loaded into vCAC

 What’s New in vCAC 5.2

Expanded Infrastructure Support
• Enhanced vCloud Director Integration. Machine owners can provision a vApp as a single
entity, but manage the component VMs individually. The vApp blueprint specifies governance
policies for the vApp as a whole (such as how many machines of each type it contains), while
the vApp component blueprint specifies policies that control how the machine is provisioned, the
resources it can consume, and what management functions users are allowed to perform. Users
can connect to virtual machines in provisioned vApps using VMRC and reconfigure vApp component
machines. Administrators can also bring existing vApps provisioned in vCloud Director
under vCAC management by importing the vApps and assigning blueprints to them.
• Support for vCloud Director Pay-As-You-Go Allocation Model. Enterprise administrators
can create reservations on VDCs using Pay-As-You-Go, Reservation Pool, or Allocation Pool.
Additionally, portions of an organization VDC can now be reserved for multiple provisioning
groups rather than each VDC being restricted to a single provisioning group.
• Support for vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS). Enterprise administrators can specify a
vCNS Manager as part of a vSphere endpoint, enabling vCAC to discover network resources
like VXLAN, load balancers, and security groups. They can also specify VXLAN as network
paths on reservations. Enterprise administrators or provisioning group managers can specify a
load balancer or security groups on blueprints to assign those pools and groups to virtual
machines during provisioning.
• Support for KVM (RHEV) Hypervisor. vCAC 5.2 introduces support for the KVM hypervisor
through Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager 3.1.
Improved Resource Reclamation
• Improved Workflow Customization. Enterprise administrators can specify how many days to
wait before setting a lease on a machine and the new lease period when sending reclamation
requests. Additionally, the provisioning group manager can receive email notifications and
respond to reclamation requests in addition to the machine owner.
VMware Documentation 2 Release 5.2
vCloud Automation Center
• Performance Metrics for vSphere. Performance data collection gathers information about
resource utilization including CPU, memory, disk, and network utilization to assist in identifying
reclamation candidates.
• Additional Platform Support. vCAC 5.2 introduces support for reclamation of Amazon Web
Service (EC2) machines.
Site Recovery Manager Compatibility
• Enhanced Integration with vCenter Site Recovery Manager. In release 5.2, vCAC correctly
discovers the relationship between the primary and recovery VM.
Internationalization
• Globalization L0/L1 support. vCAC 5.2 supports installation on foreign language operating
systems as well as input and display of non-ASCII characters for French, German, Japanese,
and Simplified Chinese installations.
Installation
• Support for VMware V8 licensing. vCAC 5.2 supports standard VMware license keys that you
can obtain and manage using the VMware License Portal.
Compatibility
• Additional Guest Operating System Support. vCAC 5.2 adds support for the following guest
operating systems:
• CentOS 5.9 (32- and 64-bit)
• CentOS 6.3 (32- and 64-bit)
• Windows 8
• Windows Server 2012
Documentation
• Information about the vCloud Automation Center Self-Service Portal is now included in the
vCloud Automation Center Installation Guide.
• Information about the vCAC integration with KVM (RHEV) is in the new vCloud Automation
Center KVM (RHEV) Integration Guide.
• Information about vCAC multi-machine services and integration with vCloud Director,
including information formerly included in the vCloud Automation Center What’s New Guide is in
the new vCloud Automation Center Multi-Machine Guide.
• Information about Managing Skills with vCAC Designer, formerly included in the vCloud Automation
Center What’s New Guide is now included in the vCloud Automation Center Extensibility
Guide.
• All other information formerly included in the vCloud Automation Center What’s New Guide is
now included in the vCloud Automation Center Operating Guide.

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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