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With vRealize Automation you can use an external IPAM provider to manage IP address assignments for your blueprint deployments.

In this integration use case, you use an existing IPAM provider package, in this case its an Infoblox package, and an existing running vRealize Automation environment to build a provider-specific IPAM integration point.

You configure an existing network and create a network profile to support IP address allocation from the external IPAM provider. Finally, you create a blueprint that is matched to the network and network profile and deploy networked machines using IP values obtained from the external IPAM provider.

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The Infoblox IPAM Plug-in allows us to easily integrate vRealize Automation 8.1 and vRealize Automation Cloud with the Infoblox DDI appliance.

One of the main features of Using Infoblox DDI, is that it allows IT Teams to consolidate DNS, DHCP and IP address management into a single platform, deployed on-site and managed from a common console.

The Infoblox IPAM plugin 1.1 for vRealize Automation 8.1 integration allows us to use the IP address allocation and DNS record creation and deletion with our Cloud Assembly or Service Broker deployments.

The plugin is available on the VMware Solution Exchange and uses (ABX) Action Based Extensibility to retrieve IP data from the Infoblox grid as well as update the grid with DNS host records and other data for the deployed virtual machines (VM) and networks.

Prerequisites

  • vSphere private cloud
  • vRealize Automation 8.1
  • Infoblox NIOS or vNIOS appliance with minimum WAPI 2.7 version
  • Infoblox grid is configured for IPAM and DNS
  • A good place to work and an ice cold beer.

In this video blog we are going to go through all the steps required to install, configure, and use the Infoblox IPAM plugin 1.1 for vRA 8.1 / vRA Cloud.

Let’s get started, Eh!

Important Notes

  • The vRA 8.1 Infoblox IPAM plug-in v1.1 is currently managed by VMware. The plug-in is not officially supported by Infoblox currently but Infoblox is actively working towards certifying / providing support for this plugin.
  • Plugin functionality is currently limited to IP address allocation/de-allocation, network creation/deletion, and DNS record creation/deletion.
  • If you happen to use a signed certificate on Infoblox ( Self-Signed Cert Shouldn’t have this issue ),  You may encounter the following error Unable to validate the provided access credentials: Failed to validate credentials” knowing for sure that your credentials are correct, you might have an Infoblox certificate issue. To fix that you can check my colleague Dennis Derks blog here .
  • If you use custom DNS views in Infoblox (internal, external, etc.) then some additional configuration is required that’s not easily identified. To fix that check this blog here

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