For anyone that does template configuration changes in vCAC can attest to how big of a pain it is to reconfigure the agents, shut down the machine, snapshot, browse the menu structure to where you force data collection, click collect data for all the items, browse to the blueprint config and wait for it to complete. Well, hopefully this tip can speed that up just a little, or at least make it less of a headache for you.
vCAC 6.1 comes with a ton of vCO workflows out of the box. One that caught my eye is “Force data collection”.
Adding this workflow as a catalog item is a breeze under Advanced Services – Service Blueprints. When complete it will show up like any other service or template:
And does its job quite well:
One warning, you will want to set a constant value for the one question it will prompt for in this workflow. Edit the blueprint as such:
And choose your IaaS (windows) server:
I quickly installed a fresh new instance of vCAC & IaaS today, and not sure if it was an error during install or not but at first mine didn’t show any hosts here in the above screen shot. I had to go into vCO with the client and run this workflow to add it. Your results may vary.
EDIT Sept 22 2014: I wasn’t clear about where to find this workflow. It’s found within these folders:
vCloud Automation Center
> Force Data Collection