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Foglight Automation 5.6.3.8 - User and Reference Guide

Getting Started with Automation

This User and Reference Guide provides configuration instructions, conceptual information, and instructions on how to use the Foglight for Automation Managing Automation in Virtual Environments.

This guide is intended for Foglight for Automation users and administrators who configure and use the Managing Automation in Virtual Environments. It guides you through the interface, explains the concepts of workflow management and remediation mapping, introduces the Workflow Studio functionality, and more.

This section provides an overview of Automation concepts and a quick introduction to working with the Foglight for Automation. It also provides information about how to view the summary level information for the cartridge.

Automation Concepts

The Foglight for Automation Managing Automation in Virtual Environments provides you with tools to automate virtual environment management. With the Managing Automation in Virtual Environments, you can control virtual resources by designing and executing workflows that implement custom business logic. The Workflow Studio, a module of the Managing Automation in Virtual Environments, runs the visual environment where you can design workflows. For more information, see Using the Workflow Studio.

A common workflow consists of blocks called actions. An action is a basic operation that is performed against a virtual resource or workflow. For example, a single action is used to start a virtual machine (VM), stop a VM, or get a VM state.

When designing a workflow, you add actions to the Workflow Studio workspace and link them. By applying conditions to links you can program the workflow business logic. For example, you can create workflows for backup and restore procedures, for virtual environment monitoring, and for provisioning. For more information, see Managing Workflows.

To execute a workflow you must first create a task for that workflow. You can run a task immediately or schedule it. By modifying the workflow parameters you can execute a task against different objects. For example, if you need to create a backup copy of a virtual machine, you can use the name of that virtual machine as a parameter of the workflow that creates backup copies. For more information, see Managing Tasks.

You can use workflows to remediate events that occur in your virtual environment. For example, you can design a workflow that automatically allocates additional resources for some important process. Another example is a workflow that informs you about the warnings and failures that may occur in your virtual environment. The Remediation Mapping module enables you to assign workflows to various kinds of events. For more information, see Managing Remediation Mapping.

Actions are grouped into ActionPacks. Depending on your version of the Foglight for Automation Foglight for Automation, different ActionPacks may be included in the download. You can install additional ActionPacks or create your own ActionPacks. For more information about specific actions, see the ActionPacks documentation.

Getting Started

You can control workflows, tasks, scheduling, remediation and other components of the Managing Automation in Virtual Environments from the Automation dashboard.

Next Steps

To view the general information about Automation resources and processes, click the Summary tab. On this tab you can inspect the tasks, workflow servers, management servers, network, CPU utilization, notifications, warnings, and more. For more information, see Summary View.
To work with tasks, click the Task Management tab. On this tab you can create, edit, duplicate, run, and stop tasks, customize task execution parameters, and assign values to task variables. For more information, see Task Management View.
To manage workflows, click the Workflow Management tab. On this tab you can create, edit, duplicate, export, and import workflows, and run tasks based on workflows. For more information, see Workflow Management View.
To control remediation, click the Remediation Mapping tab. On this tab you can explore the rules, and organize and assign workflows to rules. For more information, see Remediation Mapping View.
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