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Advertise here with BSALooking to prepare a WIndows template for use with vRA7?  Want to utilize the vRA Guest Agent as well as Software Components?  Great!  The very talented Gary Coburn has built a package that will it all for you.  If you have ever prepped a...
Advertise here with BSAOK not too much on this one.  If you wan to upgrade vRA to 7.0.1 and you want to use the plug-in in vRO 7.0 or 7.0.1 you will need this.  That’s basically it.  Just don’t forget you need this if you are upgrading and if you are doing a fresh i...
Advertise here with BSAIf you haven’t looked at Code Stream, you may want to now.  Code Stream as you may or may not know is VMware’s DevOps product, but what you may not know is that with this management pack it adds some features to your vRA deployment that you may be inter...
Advertise here with BSAYou will soon see the theme in all the releases that have been released today.  Earlier I posted that vRA 7.0.1 was released and of course vRA and vRO are tightly tied so it seems obvious they would release an updated vRO as well.  vRO 7.0.1 is a p...
Advertise here with BSA  vRealize Automation 7.0.1 is the first maintenance release for the new vRA 7.x release.  The release provides fixes in many areas, however it is primarily focused on vRA lifecycle.  Fixes include Installation and Upgrade, Licensing, Enterpri...
Advertise here with BSAIf you are looking to try out vRA7 integration with NSX make sure you upgrade your NSX deployment. This update include support for the NSX 1.0.3 vRO plugin needed for vRA integration. New in 6.2.1 The 6.2.1 release delivers a number of bug fixes that have be...
Advertise here with BSAFolks this truly is an amazing leap forward for the vRA platform.  Just look at the list of new features below, which is not a complete list of all there is with this release.  Keep checking back for informative step-by-step articles as well as updated versi...
Advertise here with BSAHave you ever tried to build a day 2 operation for use with Multi-Machine applications?  Well if you have chances are you hit the same issue one of my colleagues Pontus ran in to when he first attempted.  Pontus however didn’t give up when he discovered ther...
Advertise here with BSAEarlier today Michael Dell released a blog post regarding his thoughts and plans for VMware and it’s independence.  One statement that I thought really stood out was “VMware is a crown jewel of the EMC federation. Our intent is only to continue t...
Advertise here with BSAIn this article I’m going to walk you through performing a minimal deployment of vRA7.  Please keep in mind vRA7 is not GA as of the writing in this article and the GA version could have some differences.  Once it is released and you have downloaded the vRA7...
Advertise here with BSAMany of you have already heard the news about vRA7.  Now that it has been officially announced I can start to share some useful information regarding this transformative release of vRealize Automation.  I want to start by stating I cannot discuss anything re...
Advertise here with BSALast week we had our “TechSummit” and VMware and as part of the event their was a hackathon where team or individuals could sign-up and enter a cool integration into the competition.  In the true spirit of a hackathon Tom Bonanno and I decided to...
Advertise here with BSAVMworld2015 Hands On Labs open today! Don’t forget to stop by the Hands On Labs and check out some of this years awesome labs that are available.  Last night we had the lab burn in and they are open to day.  There are labs for just about everything you...
Advertise here with BSAThere is not really much I can add to the debate on NSX vs ACI except to share my opinion on a few things. Let’s look at the world as it is today.  It is a virtual world.  At least 80% of workloads in most datacenters today are virtualized. So that leaves ro...
Advertise here with BSAWhy is there a perception that you can use Cisco or NSX?  If you perform a simple google search you will find many articles that aim to answer the question of Cisco vs. NSX?  This is like saying HP or vSPhere?  It doesn’t make any sense.  Cisco and NSX can c...
Advertise here with BSAToday VMware announced two new projects which it will release as open source.  Project lightwave is a standards-based, enterprise-grade, identity and access management service targeting critical security, governance, and compliance challenges for cloud-nativ...
Advertise here with BSAThis is for all you MacBook users out there.  If you are like me and run a VM to use the VMRC console, well those days are over.  VMware Remote Console 7.1 for mac was released yesterday! Last October, VMware announced the release of the first standalone VMw...
Advertise here with BSAIf you have been looking into Openstack as a standardized api for your cloud infrastructure you have undoubtedly realized how complex it is to get an Openstack environment up and running.  VMware Integrated Openstack or VIO takes the deployment of Openstack ...
Advertise here with BSAFor all of you that have been patiently waiting for NSX 6.1.3 so you can upgrade to vSphere 6, your wait is over!  VMware has relaeased NSX 6.1.3 today and it is now live for download.  On top of support for vSPhere 6 it also includes a number od security an...
So vSphere 6 launched last week and you want to kick the tires in your lab.  Hopefully before you install you head on over to VMware and check out the Interoperability Matrixes. I’ve been reading posts online about folks jumping in with both feet and just straight out upgrading to vSph...
Yesterday VMware was very busy announcing the release of over 2 dozen product which included two new products to the market these two new additions to the VMware portfolio are: VMware Integrated Openstack – That’s right it’s out and it’s available now for you to...
vRealize Orchestrator 6.0.1 is now available.  This is exciting especially of your are running vRA 6.2 and would like to deploy an external vRO server.  That of course is just one of the benefits of the new vRO 6.0,1 release.  Below is additional new features with this release: What’s ...
Today VMware released vRealize Automation (vRA) formerly known as vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) version 6.2.1.  In the release there is several bug fixes and one enhancement.  The enhancement however is one that you may be very interested in. Remote Console is back! – Remote Co...
Version 1.1.0 of vRelize Code Stream has been released today.  For those who are not familiar vRealize Code Stream is a release automation tool for continuos integration / continuos development environments allowing for a rapid development, testing, and provisioning of environments. Ne...
If you read  my blogs you know I’m usually all business talking tech and providing my readers with what I hope is useful information.  Today I’m writing to ask for your support.  My wife and I are raising money for Muscular Dystrophy by participating in the Harley Davidson ...
So far I have covered how to setup Git, Eclipse, Jenkins, Code Stream, and a little Artifactory.  We have Eclipse checking code into Git and Jenkins pulling the code and simply building it into a tar.gz file.  We also have Code Stream setup to use Artifactory and established the means ...
For those of you who are fortunate enough to be able to get a trial for Code Stream this article will walk you through the installation and initial configuration of the product.  Code stream as the name suggest is part of the vRealize product line and shares the same identity appliance...
In part 1 of this article we deployed both GitLab and Jenkins, configured a Git project and connected it to the Eclipse IDE.  In this article we will focus on configuring the Jenkins server to work with our GitLab repository and crate a Jenkins job to build our project. Configuring Jen...
I realize many of you looking to understand what Code Stream can do to help you with your Continuous Integration needs already have Git Jenkins and a whole ton of other tools. However for those who don’t yet have anything in place or for those who are looking to get a better understand...
In December of 2014 VMware released version 1.0 of a new product named vRealize Code Stream.  If you haven’t been following you may not be aware of what exactly it does and why you may be interested in checking it out.  These days DevOps is all the buzz like the term cloud has been for...
vRealize™ Code Stream™ is a new release automation product that allows teams to deliver software rapidly, reliably and of higher quality, all the while lowering manual overhead and operational risks.  It is particularly relevant for organizations that have a Continuous Delivery or DevO...
The much anticipated vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 released today.  This new release is a milestone further tying together components of the vRealize Suite.  With the release of vRealize Operations 6.0 and vRealize Automation 6.2 comes the integration of the two products.  However th...
FIlter vRealize Automation 6.2 has been released.  This release although not a Major Version packs a pretty powerful punch.  It’s loaded with new features and enhancements that you are all going to want.  This release aims to add some features that solve some basic challenges that have...
This is something that has been long sought after by many.  The hardening guide is 38 pages long packed with hardening information for the vRA Appliance, IaaS Server, Identity Appliance, and Application services appliance.  This document takes you through the hardening of the SLES 11, ...
I am frequently get asked “Should we deploy the vRealize Automation Identity Appliance or should we connect vRealize to the vCenter SSO server”?  The answer to this really depends on what is important to you.  There are pro’s and con’s both scenarios.  Let’s look at the vRealize Identi...
Creating an Amazon AWS Endpoint is really just assigning the credentials you would like to use to communicate with Amazon. vCAC already knows how to communicate with Amazon, it just don’t know what it needs to authenticate. To create the AWS Enpoint perform the following steps: W...
Creating an Amazon AWS credential has a few extra steps then a general set of credentials. You will need to login to your AWS account and access your Acess Key Id as well as your Secret Access Key to be utilized in the creation. The steps below outline the process to create an Amazon A...
More and more frequently I get asked about support for configuring LVM(Logical Volumes) in Linux guests provisioned by vCAC. The short answer is the guest agent by default will partition a disk as a standard Linux partition. However because the guest agent allows us to execute scripts ...
In this article we are going to be creating a vSphere Clone Blueprint. To do this we need to have a few things in place before we begin. Within the blueprint configuration there is a template picker that will allow you to pick form the available templates in your environment. In order ...
In this article we are going to cover how to install the vCAC 6.0.x Linux Guest Operations Agent. The Linux Guest Operations agent is used to perform post provisioning tasks inside the Linux Guest Operating system as part of the vCAC provisioning process. The Linux guest agent runs aft...