Set Up An Approval Workflow in Test Drive

  • 1 December 2021
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Set Up An Approval Workflow in Test Drive
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The Nutanix X-Play™ tool is a simple low-code/no-code automation feature built into the Nutanix Prism® management controller that helps you automate routine operations and tasks, and provides the ability to auto-remediate issues that may occur.

Using the X-Play tool, you can define a set of actions or a series of actions (called a “playbook”) based on a trigger, such as an event, alert, or an incoming webhook. For example, you can set up a playbook so when an alert about a VM’s memory being constrained is detected, the playbook can automatically add a specified amount of memory to the VM.

But what if you didn’t want this to automatically happen, but rather you wanted to route through an approval workflow so that an admin would have to approve the change before the memory was added? In this video, we give you a walkthrough how to set up an integrated automation process with ServiceNow describing exactly this.

With the latest Test Drive update, you can set up a similar flow using our demo ticketing system. To get started, navigate to the AI Ops & Automation tab on the Nutanix® Test Drive landing page.

Once you are logged in, you will be presented with the Automate Operations menu.

Click on “Intelligent Operations”.

From the “Intelligent IT Operations” menu, click on “Remediation with Governance” to begin the walkthrough.

This walkthrough will guide you through how to set up and run the two playbooks to drive the automation:

  • 1st playbook to respond to a memory constrained alert
  • 2nd playbook for approving the ticket that was generated by the first playbook, which will call back into the second playbook and increase the VM memory

You’ll also generate a memory constrained alert to kick off the workflow, then test the approval flow to see the playbooks in action.

X-Play Actions Used:

  • REST API - REST API actions can be used to interact with any other services that expose APIs
  • String Parser - String Parser allows you to parse out values with JSON, XML, or Regex lookups
  • Branch - The Branch action can be used to build conditional logic in the playbook.
  • VM Add Memory - The VM Add Memory action will increase the memory of a VM running in AHV or ESXi (whether or not ESXi is running on Nutanix or not)
  • Resolve Alert - The Resolve Alert action will resolve a Nutanix alert

Try it out now by signing up at AIOps & Automation Test Drive!

To learn about the other walkthroughs in AIOps & Automation, check out this blog post: Automating your IT Operations on Nutanix Test Drive!

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