VMware Cloud on AWS API ラボ マニュアル


このラボ演習では、どのようにプログラマブルな方法で VMware Cloud on AWS プラットフォームと連携することができるのかを見ていきます。vCenter インスタンスと同様に VMware Cloud on AWS と連携する手段として、どのように PowerShell を利用できるのかを確認していきます。そして、どのように VMware Cloud on AWS の REST API で連携できるのか、どのようにコンソールに統合された “Developer Center” と人気のある 3rd パーティー且つオープンソースの REST クライアントを駆使していくのか、について掘り下げていきます。このラボ演習のために、REST クライアントとして “Postman” を活用します。

PowerShell の活用

PowerShell CLI の起動

  1. Start をクリックし、Windows PowerShell が表示されるまでスクロールダウンさせます
  2. PowerShell CLI ショートカットを右クリックし、Run as Administrator を選択します

VMware PowerCLI がインストールされていない場合、これをインストールします

install-Module VMware.PowerCLI

PowerShell セッションで実行ポリシーを Remote Signed に設定する必要があります

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -force

さらに、無効な証明書を無視するよう PowerCLI Configuration の値をセットする必要があります。以下のコマンドをタイプし、これを実行します

Set-PowerCLIConfiguration -InvalidCertificateAction Ignore -Confirm:$false

注意: コピー アンド ペーストでこのコマンドを入力しない場合、”Ignore” の “i” が大文字であることを確認してください

ここで VMware CLI コマンドをインストールします

Install-Module -name VMware.VMC -scope AllUsers

では早速 VMware CLI コマンドを見ていきましょう



次に VMC コンソールからリフレッシュ トークンを取得してきます

ブラウザを開き、vmc.vmware.com にログインします

  1. 新しいタブを開きます
  2. ブックマーク バーの VMware Cloud on AWS ブックマークショートカットをクリックします
  3. VMware Cloud on AWS Experience day に申し込んだ際に利用した E メール アドレスでログインします
  4. 受講者の名前/Org ID のとなりのドロップ ダウンをクリックします
  5. “User Settings” 配下の My Account をクリックします
  6. My Account ページの API Tokens をクリックします
  7. New Token をクリックします
  8. Continue をクリックします

ここで **copy to clipboard” をクリックします。また、必要であればトークンの取り消し、再生成もここで行うことができます。

それでは、PowerShell から VMware Cloud on AWS に接続してみましょう

connect-vmc -refreshtoken "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"

次のコマンドを使用して、どの VMware Cloud on AWS の組織にアクセスできるのかを確認できます


組織の Display_Name と ID をメモします

これで組織の Display_Name が分かりましたので、組織内の SDDC の情報を見ることができるようになりました


注意: # は受講者番号に置き換えてください


その他には、SDDC のデフォルト クレデンシャルを確認することもできます

Get-VMCSDDCDefaultCredential -org VMC-WS#

注意: # は受講者番号に置き換えてください

Developer Center を介した REST API の利用

In this module we will be using the VMware Cloud on AWS REST API to get some basic information about your VMware Cloud on AWS Organization and SDDC deployment. To do this we will be using the new Developer Center feature in VMware Cloud on AWS. This was built specifically to focus on using APIs and scripts to create SDDCs, add and remove hosts, plus connect to and use the full vCenter API set. To get started, let go back to your VMC environment.

このモジュールでは、VMware Cloud on AWS の組織と SDDC のデプロイメントのいくつかの基本的な情報を、VMware Cloud on AWS REST API を使って取得します。このためには、VMware Cloud on AWS の新しい Developer Center の機能を利用します。

Launch the Chrome browser on your Student View Desktop

If you are not already logged in, log into your VMware Cloud on AWS organisation.

  1. From within the VMware Cloud on AWS tab, click on the Developer Center menu

Dev Center

In the Developer Center there are a lot of great resources for you to explore. For example, let’s check out a code sample that was uploaded by one of our API developers. If you scroll through this screen you will see there are code samples for Postman (a REST API Development Tool)

Postman Samples

You will also find samples for Python, PowerCLI, and many others. Anyone can contribute code samples to the community, if that interests you go to http://code.vmware.com or click on the link VMware{code} Sample Exchange.

  1. Click on Code Samples in the menu
  2. Click on Download in the “PowerCLI - VMC Example Script” box
  3. After the script downloads. Unzip
  4. Click on show in folder
  5. Right click on the downloaded script
  6. Click on Edit

This will open the PowerShell ISE environment. Now you can see the PowerShell commands you used in the previous module as well as other commands you can use with your SDDC.

PowerShell ISE のウィンドウを閉じます

Let’s now run some simple REST API commands built into Developer Center. Navigate back to your chrome browser and into your VMware Cloud on AWS page.

  1. Click on the API Explorer heading
  2. Click on the drop down arrow next to “Organizations” dev center organisations
  3. Click on the drop down arrow next to the first “GET” API section (/orgs)
  4. Click on Execute

What did we not do?? We did not put in any authentication to pull this data. The reason is we are using the session authentication to execute these commands. To run these commands in other application, like PowerShell or Postman, you will need to get your resource and session tokens before you can run these commands. THe Developer Center does all this for you.

Let’s look through the response.

  1. Here you see the Organization’s alphanumeric name. Which you can also find in #3
  2. The organization ID. NOTE: Copy the ID number, without the quotes, for possible use in the next step.
  3. The organization Display_Name
  4. The organization Version

In this step, we will GET some information about our organization

  1. Click on the drop down arrow by SDDCs
  2. Click on GET
  3. The Org ID should already be filled in for you.
  4. Click on Execute

Now let’s look at the response body

  1. The creation date of the SDDC
  2. the SDDC ID
  3. the SDDC state


In this module, we will be exploring how to use Postman to execute REST API requests and build automation through collections. Postman is an API Explorer tool. As an example, you can create variables for use within the APIs, test the response, and use webhooks to integrate with collaboration platforms.

Postman is very easy to install, so let’s get started.

  1. Open a new browser tab and go to https://www.getpostman.com
  2. Click on Download the App
  3. Select Postman for Windows (64-bit)
  4. Click Download
  5. Double-click on the downloaded file, the install will execute without interaction.

NOTE: For cleanup you can close all postman tabs in Chrome

  1. Click on the text: “Skip Signing in and Take me straight to the app”
  2. Close the Pop up Window which you are presented with, Uncheck Show this window on launch check box before closing the pop up.

Go back to your browser window, if you do not have a tab opened for VMware Cloud on AWS, follow the below instructions

  1. Open a new tab
  2. Navigate to https://vmc.vmware.com
  3. Log in with you email address which you used to register for the VMware Cloud on AWS Experience Day

Our internal API development team has done a great job pre-creating SDKs for many of the popular languages in use today. For this module, we will be using the SDK for REST to show you how you can easily import and reuse some pre-built collections to create your own.

  1. Click on Developer Center
  2. Click on SDK
  3. Find vSphere Automation SDK For REST
  4. Click View Source

This will download a vsphere-automation-sdk-rest-master.zip file to your machine. Please extract the contents of this zip file.

Now that we have Postman installed and our REST samples on our local system, lets import the VMC collection and use some the requests to build our own collection.

  1. In the Postman Application
  2. Click on Import
  3. Click on Choose Files

To import the VMC collection json file we downloaded earlier.

  1. Browse to the directory we extracted the zip file to earlier. That directory should be “C:\downloads\vsphere-automation-sdk-rest-master\vsphere-automation-sdk-rest-master\samples\postman”
  2. Click VMware Cloud on AWS APIs.postman_collection.json postman collection
  3. Click Open

We now need to get our refresh token for our Org in VMC. Go back to your VMware Cloud on AWS tab in your browser

  1. If you do not have VMware Cloud on AWS, Open a new tab in your browser
  2. Click on the VMware Cloud on AWS bookmark shortcut on the Bookmarks bar
  3. Login with the email address which you used to sign up to the VMware Cloud on AWS Experience day
  4. Click on the drop down next to your Name/Org ID
  5. Click on My Account under “User Settings”
  6. In the My Account page, click on API Tokens
  7. You will see your token here which you created in the previous Powershell section. Please copy this token to your clipboard

Return to the Postman app. We now need to setup a Postman environment for use with VMC. An environment is where we will be creating and storing our variables. These variables can be local or global, depending on your use within Postman. In this module, we will only be using local variables.

  1. Click on New
  2. Click on Environment
  3. Name the Environment “VMC”
  4. In the Key column type in “refresh_token”
  5. In the Value column paste your token you copied in a previous step.
  6. Click on Add
  7. Close the Window
  8. Click on the drop down arrow oin the top right hand corner of the app labelled “No Environment”
  9. Select the “VMC” Environment we just created

Now we will start to build our own collection by using some request that came in the SDK we imported earlier.

  1. Click on Collections in the left hand pane
  2. Expand the “VMware Cloud on AWS APIs” collection
  3. Expand Authentication
  4. Click on the Login “Post” entry
  5. See how this request has our refresh token variable we defined in an earlier step. NOTE: If the environment is not set to VMC, this will request will fail because the refresh_token variable is not defined. refresh token
  6. Click on Send
  7. You will now see the access token that was generated with the refresh token. This is the body or payload of the response to our request.
  8. Click on the Eye icon eye icon

You will see that we have stored your access token into a variable so we can use it for future calls. How did we do that? We ran a “test” on the response body. You will see how in the next step.

access token

  1. Click on Tests

The access_token variable was set by running some java script code against the response. We are also using the Postman setEnvironment variable function to create it.


Lets save this request to our own collection so we can use it later.

  1. Click on the drop down arrow next to “Save” save request
  2. Click on Save As
  3. Change the Request name to “Authorize”
  4. Change the Request description to “Get Access Token”
  5. Click on Create Collection
  6. Type Workshop and click the check box
  7. Select the Workshop folder
  8. Click on Save to Workshop

save workshop

A new window will pop open indicating that you created a new collection. We will not do anything here at this time.

  1. Close this window

Lets request some details from our Org so we can send them to Slack.

  1. In the VMware Cloud on AWS APIs collection, click on Orgs and List Orgs
  2. Click on Headers
  3. Click Send

You see here how we are using the access_token variable for the csp-auth-token. This will authorize our request.

NOTE: This access token is only good for 30 minutes. If you run this request and get a response of 400 unauthorized, go back and run the authorize request.

  1. Look through the response body for your Org’s display_name

Lets save this request to our own collection so we can use it later.

  1. Click on the drop down arrow next to “Save”
  2. Click on Save As
  3. Change the Request name to “Org list”
  4. Change the Request description to “Get a list of your Orgs”
  5. Be sure Workshop is selected under Select a collection or folder to save to:
  6. Click on Save to Workshop

We need to replace the Test code that came with the SDK so we can create the variables we want to use when send our message to Slack.

  1. Click on Tests
  2. Copy and paste the below code into the Tests section.
  3. Click Send
var jsonData = JSON.parse(responseBody);
if (responseCode.code === 200) {
for (i = 0; i < jsonData.length; i++) {
  pm.environment.set("name", jsonData[i].display_name);
  pm.environment.set("ID", jsonData[i].id);
  pm.environment.set("version", jsonData[i].version);
  pm.environment.set("state", jsonData[i].project_state);

Now we can verify if the variables have been created and assigned values.

  1. Click on the eye icon next to the “VMC” Environment in the top right hand corner
  2. Scroll down to see if the new variables were created.
  3. Once verified click on the eye icon again to close the window

Lets save the changes we made to this request.

  1. Click on Save

Now that we have details of our Org lets send them to Slack in a message.

If you are not familiar with Slack, Slack is a collaboration hub tool which brings people together in “Channels”. The tool allows for inbound and outbound API calls for integrations with the systems which Slack teams interact with which allows them to get their work done faster.

To post to slack, a link needs to be generated for the slack channel that we want to post to. This has already been done for you and is listed below. One of the instructors will have this slack channel displayed on the screens. So you can see the results. Slack channel URL: https://hooks.slack.com/services/T9HQFCTC1/B9JBL5SV7ArgKjF4zZDh7dnaWRyKNJfRY

Now we need to setup the request:

  1. Click on “+” across the top to open a new tab new tab
  2. Change the request type to “POST”
  3. Cut and paste the above slack channel URL to the address box
  4. Select Body
  5. Change the format type to raw
  6. Type the below code, or cut and paste it into the Body section. NOTE: You may have to press CTRL-V
"text" : "Your Org ID is: \nYour Org version is: \nAnd your Org
state is: ",
"username" : ""

Lets save this request to our own collection so we can use it later.

  1. Click on the drop down arrow
  2. Click on Save As
  3. Change the Request name to “Post to Slack”
  4. Change the Request description to “Post some Org details to slack”
  5. Be sure Workshop is selected under Select a collection or folder to save to:
  6. Click on Save to Workshop

Check and see if your request posted the Name, ID, Version, and Status of your Org.

The last thing to show you with Postman is the way that you can run a collection to automate a series of tasks. What we have been doing in this module is building a collection. As you see in the screen shot there are 3 tasks in the Workshop collection.

  1. Click on the Arrow in the Workshop window
  2. Click on Run
  3. Click on Run Workshop
  4. Be sure the Environment is set to VMC

If all your work was saved and ran individually, they should run here as well.

  1. Check out the status of each request.

If you have “200 OK” then you will see another post in slack for your workshop Org.

You have completed this lab. Please continue to the API Lab which you can access from this AWS Integration Lab Link

Please add comments below if you would like to give feedback on this lab.


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