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With the VMware Aria Automation environment I have been working since October 2022. In this time I have set my focus on programming in the context of data center automation, as well as integration scenarios of the automation environment. These aspects are reflected in this blog. You will find here a collection of different perspectives of this kind, that I have considered in detail. They are mostly very technical and sometimes they show very unusual ways, but that opened new possibilities.
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VMware Aria Automation Blog

from Stefan Schnell
Last update 29.02.2024

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Execute Java Code via JShell

Approach to run JShell with Java code.

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Building a Python Runtime Environment with pyVmomi

Approach to manage and automate VMware infrastructure with pyVmomi on Python.

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Integrate Lua Scripting Language

Approach to execute Lua scripts seamlessly.

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Execute Operating System Commands

Approach with advanced possibilities for executing operating system commands.

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Installation and Testing vCenter API Simulator

Example how to implement a locally test environment with vCenter simulator with PowerCLI and pyVmomi.

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Detect Orchestrator Version

JavaScript source code to detect the version of the Orchestrator.

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Stopwatch Class

Time consumption measurement class for determining code execution times.

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Core Concepts Enhancements

Summary of possible programming language extensions described here.

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Execute Workflow from Action

An example how to invoke a workflow from an action, e.g. in the context of unit tests.

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Integrate TypeScript Programming Language

Approach to store and to invoke TypeScript code seamlessly.

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Integrate C# Programming Language

Approach to store and to invoke C# code seamlessly.

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Parallelization with Threads

An Example of a parallelized function execution with threads in the JavaScript runtime environment.

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Library to Emulate MimeAttachment Class

JavaScript source code to mock-up the mime attachment class, to use multipurpose internet mail extensions.

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Library to Emulate ByteBuffer Class

JavaScript source code to mock-up the byte buffer class, as wrapper around a byte array to use it for passing references to binary content.

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Extension of JavaScript RTE to use JAR

This technical white paper describes ways to store any kind of files and to use them. Furthermore how to use Java archive files, for all the possibilities of Java.

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Library to Emulate File Classes

JavaScript source code to mock-up the file classes File, FileReader and FileWriter, to operate with and handle the access to text files.

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Use Java Output Stream

A trick to use Java standard output stream (stdout) and standard error stream (stderr) in the JavaScript runtime environment via redirecting.

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Program Example Using a JavaScript Emulation

Combination of different approaches which build a basis, to execute a program unmodified in different system environments, to get system information.

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Library to Emulate Command Class

JavaScript source code to mock-up the command class, to execute commands of the host operating system.

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Unit Test Library for Actions

JavaScript source code for an assert library (called Aromatical), to simplify the build of unit tests for actions.

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Detect if JavaScript is Executing in Aria Automation

An approach how to detect if a JavaScript program is running in the context of Aria Automation.

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Get all Properties of the SDKType Object

Tip to detect all properties of the all plugins.

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Library to Emulate System Class

JavaScript source code to mock-up the system class (called Muscle). It is a general set of functions for local emulation.

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Local Approaches to Simulate the JavaScript Runtime Environment

Tip to build local JavaScript runtime environments for simulation purposes.

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Use JavaScript 3rd Party Libraries, with LINQ as an Example

Tip to use libraries from other vendors in the JavaScript runtime environment.

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Simulate getModule

JavaScript source code to simulate getModule method from System class with Node.js.

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Variablized Modules, a Blind Spot of Find Usages/Dependencies

Hint to a restriction that should be note when using the where-used list.

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How to use C / C++ Language Code

Tip to use C / C++ language with Emscripten and Node.js via WebAssembly.

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Use Java Classes without Shutter File

Tip to use Java classes with a property, so that a shutter file is not necessary.

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Flattening of Deep Objects

JavaScript source code to reduce a deep object to one level.

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Temporary Data Storage in a PowerShell Container at Runtime

Tip to get access to the file system of a PowerShell container by using dotNET methods.

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How to use dotNET Assemblies with JavaScript Runtime

An example to use external modules, in this case a dotNET assemblies, into the context of JavaScript.

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Note of Undocumented WorkflowItem Classes

Listing of undocumented WorkflowItem classes.

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How to Simplify the Handling in the Hands-on Labs

Tips how to individualize the Hands-on Lab environment, to simplify the handling.

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How to Export vRO Configurations as JSON

Code snippets to export configuration elements of the vRO in JSON format.

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How to use PowerShell Classes

An approach to use PowerShell classes, on the same way as third-party libraries.

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How to get Detailed Information about all Workflows

An action to generate XML information about all workflows.

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How to get Detailed Information about all Actions

An action to generated XML information about all actions.

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Automatic Type Casting of Java Data Types in JavaScript Data Types

Observation of automatic Java data type conversion in JavaScript runtime environment.

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Embed and use dotNET Assemblies in PowerCLI RTE

An unusual way to use binary embedded dotNET assemblies in PowerCLI runtime environment.

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Find out Information About the PowerCLI Infrastructure

A tip to get more information about the technical infrastructure of the PowerCLI container.

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Set JavaScript Access to Java Classes

Fix for accessing Java classes.

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Easier Way to Detect Rhino Engine Version

Tip to detect the used version of the Rhino engine.

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Retrieve Bearer Token for the HOL

JavaScript source code to get the CSP or the refresh token with the Bearer-Token for the Hands-on Lab (HOL).

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Connect vCenter in HOL with PowerCLI

PowreShell source code to show how to connect vCenter server system in the Hands-on Lab (HOL) via PowerCLI.

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Get Objects of Inventory Hierarchy

Different JavaScript source codes that returns the objects of the vCenter hierarchy.

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Orchestrator in Dark Mode

Cosmetic tip to switch the Google Chrome browser in dark mode and with it the web UI.

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