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This is a set of helper classes to make developing in the ManageIQ automate model less cumbersome. By putting helper code and commonly used methods in this gem we can reduce the amount of code copied and pasted between methods.

The master branch and version 1.x are being targeted for CloudForms 4.1. If you want support for CloudForms 3.2, please use the 0.x releases based upon the 3.2 branch.


$ gem install miq_dev_util


# Pull the gem in to we can use it
require 'miq_dev_util'


@logger =$evm, 'my_method_name')
@logger.log(:info, 'Hello World')

# There are also shortcuts for different log levels.'Hello info')
@logger.warn('Uh oh')
@logger.error('Something went really wrong.')


@logger.dump_attributes($evm.root['vm'], 'root vm')
@logger.dump_associations($evm.root['vm'], 'root vm')
@logger.dump_virtual_columns($evm.root['vm'], 'root vm')

@logger.dump_info($evm.root['vm'], 'root vm') # dumps attributes,
                                              #       associations and
                                              #       virtual_columns

EMS Credentials

vm = $evm.root['vm']
credentials = MiqDevUtil::EMS.get_credentials(vm.ext_management_system)
vim = RbVmomi::VIM.connect credentials

Automate Model

automate_helper =$evm)

# Instantiate an automate instance at path or raise an exception with the
# message provided if the instantiation returns nil (not found).
automate_helper.instantiate_or_raise(path, message)

# This is a hacky workaround used to get an instance without executing the
# methods on it. It fails if a message is passed in the path or if the
# message field on the any of the methods are *.

# Condense multiple types of VM lookups into one call. This is useful when
# making an Automate method generic enough to be used during provisioning,
# with a custom button, or as a catalog item.
# Lookup methods used and their order can be overridden by specifying
# :lookup_order. The default is [:rootvm, :dialog_id, :provision]
#   * :rootvm    = $evm.root['vm']
#   * :dialog_id = look up the VM in vmdb using the VMDB ID from a dialog
#   * :provision = $evm.root['miq_provision'].vm
# The dialog name that may hold the miq ID is specified via :dialog_name

vm = automate_helper.resolve_vm
vm = automate_helper.resolve_vm(lookup_order: [:dialog_id],
                                dialog_name: 'dialog_vm_id')

Issuing automate requests within Automate.

# Options that are used in the various methods below.
options = {}
options[:namespace] = 'MyCustomCode'
options[:class_name] = 'Methods'
options[:instance_name] = 'do_something'
options[:user_id] = $evm.vmdb(:user).find_by_userid('admin').id

ah =$evm)

# This uses an existing version of $evm.execute(create_automation_request) if it
# already exists (MIQ 5.5+), otherwise it backports a version to use.

request = ah.create_automation_request(options)
# or to specify user and approval
request = ah.create_automation_request(options, userid = 'admin', auto_approve = true))

# To run the automate request in the same zone as the VM.
ah.zone_aware_vm_automation_request(vm, options)

# or to specify user and approval
request = ah.zone_aware_vm_automation(vm, options, userid = 'admin', auto_approve = true))

# To synchronously wait for an automate request to finish.
updated_request = ah.wait_for_automation_request(request)

# Optional parameters
# Wait at most max_wait seconds.
# Check the status ever poll_interval seconds.
updated_request = ah.wait_for_automation_request(request, max_wait: 600,
                                                          poll_interval: 5)

Generic Code

# Perform a deep copy on objects that support marshalling.


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.