Opening custom URLs via Custom Buttons and Automate

For a number of different entities users can create custom toolbar buttons that run an automate method on the particular entity, let that automate method calculate a URL and then have the UI open such URL in a new window.


Create custom button with Automate method:

1) Automation -> Automate -> Explorer:

a) create a new domain with a name

b) select ManageIQ/System/Request

c) Configuration -> Copy this Class (copy it to your new domain from step 1a)

d) select Request Class in your new domain -> Configuration -> Add a new Instance * name TestOpenUrl * to meth1 write test_open_url

e) Select Request class in your new domain, click Methods -> Configuration -> Add a new Method * type: inline * name: test_open_url * data should be (or anything that sets vm.external_url to something):

Create Automate Method

      vm = $evm.root['vm']
      $evm.log(:info, "VM to launch SSH for is #{vm.hostnames[0]}")
      vm.external_url = ""

important: use URL including the protocol (https) or the browser will ignore the request

also disable URL pop-up blocking in your browser to make this work

Automation -> Automate -> Customization -> Buttons

Create a new button for VMs with “Open Url” checked and either w/ or w/o a “Dialog” and “Request” has to be TestOpenUrl

Go to VM summary page and click the new button.

After clicking the button or after submitting the dialog (if you selected one) you will be redirected to VM summary page and a new page will open in a new browser tab.

Example automate code for User

$evm.log(:info, "Current user_id #{$evm.root['user_id']}")
object = $evm.vmdb($evm.root['vmdb_object_type']).find_by(:id => $evm.root['user_id'])
$evm.log(:info, "Current object #{object}")
object.external_url = ""