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LTX Systems has experience with some of the largest and most complex deployments of enterprise technologies, including networks of 50,000+ users, thousands of servers, software architecture, enterprise virtualization, cloud service providers, and more.  From the tier 1 desktop support level to tier 4+ engineering support, LTX Systems has the proven track record to improve any IT firm.


Our approach to problem solving includes out of the box thinking in all situations.  We employ rapid prototyping coupled with our extensive experience and cutting edge technologies to assist in process and architecture improvement.


LTX Systems has expertise in some of the latest and cutting edge technologies from companies like VMware as well as open source solutions like Docker and Kubernetes.  We are capable of combining the best components from a wide variety of vendors and filling in the gaps with custom software and solutions to create world-class solutions that meet the most demanding needs.

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO)

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) is an automation and orchestration tool that sits at the core of the VMware Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) stack.  vRO is responsible for gluing together components and providing extensibility for the stack, and is a valuable tool in the arsenal of any cloud or VMware shop.

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Recent vRealize Orchestrator Articles

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) AWS Plugin Bug - EC2DescribeTagsResult

As I recently worked on a customer request, it was discovered that the vRealize Orchestrator AWS Plugin may have a bug which blocks the ability to describe tags within EC2 and to iterate over the tags and use the information.

This article goes into depth about the problem with the AWS Plugin's EC2DescribeTagsResult class and how to work around it using the BaseAmazonObject.getNativeObject() method.

Execute a Script from Resource Element

This workflow chains together the  previous “Copy Resource To Guest” workflow example with the out of the box “Run program in guest” workflow to do both steps – first copy a script from a resource element to a guest and then execute it.  The workflow takes the resource element as an input as well as the path to the executable required to execute the script.

Copy a File From Resource Element to a VM

This workflow is useful as a utility workflow that can convert a file stored in a resource element into a file on a guest VM.  This is done first by saving the file from the resource element to the local file system of the vRealize Orchestrator appliance.  From there it is copied into a guest VM’s file system using the VMware Host Guest Filesystem (HGFS) interface of VM Tools.

vRealize Automation (vRA)

Enterprise-class self-service portal combined with highly extensible automation and orchestration.  vRA enables automated IT as a Service to free your engineering team up to do more innovating and less day-to-day operations.  Take a look at our informative articles to learn more about how to use and implement vRA.

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Initial vRealize Automation (vRA) Configuration Part 8 - Submit a Catalog Request

Now that a business group has been created with a reservation assigned, and which has been entitled to a blueprint in the catalog, we can test the configuration by verifying the item appears in the catalog for an entitled user, and we can verify the blueprint and reservation work correctly by requesting the item and ensuring it gets provisioned correctly.

Initial vRealize Automation (vRA) Configuration Part 7 - Create an Entitlement

Entitlements map a number of entitled catalog items, services, and actions to a single business group.  A business group cannot perform any actions, such as submitting a request, unless there is at least one entitlement mapping the business group to at least one catalog item.

Initial vRealize Automation (vRA) Configuration Part 6 - Create A Catalog Service

Catalog services are categories used to organize catalog items within the service catalog.  Business groups can be entitled to entire services or individual catalog items.  Creating services and assigning items to them can be an easy way to entitle multiple catalog items to one or more business groups, and if the catalog items within a service change at a later point, there is no need to update any entitlements including the service because they will change automatically as the service changes.

Containers, Orchestration, & Cloud

Container and cloud technologies offer bleeding edge methods for conquering the cloud and IoT era through portability, consistency, and mega-scale architectures.

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Recent Articles On Containers & Cloud

Installing and Using vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO) with Kubernetes

How to install vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO) with Kubernetes Without OpenStack  Ironically, the product is named vSphere Integrated OpenStac...