Get ready for Changes from Orlando, not be able to create any new blueprints.
Preparation needed: Ensure that cloud catalog owner/designer is trained in template technologies e.g.
- Terraform TF templates
- Amazon AWS CFT (Cloud Formation Template)
- Microsoft Azure ARM (Azure Resource Manager)
- Google Cloud (Google Deployment Manager)
- Ansible Tower Job Templates.
Starting with the Orlando release
Starting with the Orlando release, CMP blueprints will be in restricted usage. The Blueprint capability in ServiceNow CMP will be deprecated in future releases.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
|01||What’s the benefit of moving to cloud templates?||
Cloud template technologies (IaC -infrastructure as code) are well documented, well understood, and are constantly updated by the cloud vendors – this makes it easier to spec the infrastructure environment with latest available cloud vendor offerings. Blueprints require work in creating resource blocks prior to the deployment itself – this makes it a bit complicated.
|02||Why are we obsoleting blueprints?||
We at ServiceNow side love the cloud-agnostics that blueprint offers and we pride ourselves on the outcome that this enables.
|03||How to design cloud template catalog items?||Refer: Create a cloud template|
|04||Is there any place to learn more about cloud catalog items, with working examples?||Refer: "Cloud Management Recipes" & "Updates to the Cloud Management Recipes"|
|05||Does Quota control work for Templates?||
Quota setting is not supported with cloud template catalogs. This is usually not relevant in a public cloud context, where the paradigm of unlimited resources and auto-elasticity applies. Budget alert notifications still work, so generate alerts and measure on the thing that matters – COST.
|06||How the Day2 Operations are provided to the Stacks provisioned by CFT/ARM/GDM?||The Day2 Operations are depending on the Stacks, once the stack got provisioned by the CFT/ARM/GDM catalogs, the available Day2 Operations will work as expected.|
|07||We have CFT for AWS and ARM for Azure, similarly, which templates the VMware support for provision?||
No native templates are available for vCenter deployment, this is the limitation from the VMware Provider - the option is to go to Terraform.
ServiceNow recommends having the Terraform as solution for the VMware provisioning. Refer: Blueprints and Vmware
|08||Like ServiceNow provided the Templates "Cloud Management Recipes" for CFT and ARM, can we also get the Sample Templates for Vmware Provisioning?||
The below Templates for VMware is available.
Please follow "Updates to the Cloud Management Recipes" for more updates from the CPG Product Management
|09||How to configure Ansible Template jobs with Template-based Catalogs?||
We can use the Post-Provisioning scripts as the same way we use for BluePrint execution steps, please refer the below
Note: This is being worked internally for more detailed information on how to use the Post-Provisioning scripts to integrate with Ansible Jobs. We will keep this article updated.
|10||What are the Cloud Providers supported by Terraform with ServiceNow?||Azure (Terraform Enterprise, Terraform Open-Source), VMware (Terraform Open-Source)|
|11||How to add AWS cloud provider in Terraform Connector?||
Add new cloud provider in Terraform Connector (AWS) –
TFE - https://bit.ly/3a2dWmF