Written by Simon Eady on 4/4/2022
Published under VCF
Recently I stumbled upon a limitation in VCF that isn’t very clearly documented, and while not an issue you would regularly come accross. It is an import limitation to be aware of if you plan to adjust your pNIC configuration of any VCF hosts post deployment/commisioning. The Problem We have a few customers who will not be able to commision their new hosts with the desired pNIC configuration due to current hardware availability.
Written by Simon Eady on 10/3/2022
Published under VCF
On the 10th February VCF 4.4 was released, this was quite a significant milestone as it removed a few things from the equation and also provided more flexbility. Firstly and arguably the big change. vRealize Suite vRealize Lifecycle Manager 8.6.2, upgrade and deployment of the vRealize Suite products is managed by vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. You can upgrade vRealize Suite products as new versions become available in your vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.
Written by Sam McGeown on 13/12/2021
Published under Cloud-Native and VMware
In my previous post I walked through configuring kubernetes ingress with automatically generated SSL certificates and DNS registration using Tanzu Kubernetes Grid’s Packages. Another of the packaged applications available is Fluent-bit, which enables log forwarding from your Kubernetes cluster and workloads to a range of supported logging endpoints. There are a couple of tweaks required in order to forward logs to vRealize Automation Log Insight Cloud. We need to use the HTTP output in the Fluent Bit configuration to forward the logs as a JSON payload to the Log Insight API.
Written by Sam McGeown on 9/12/2021
Published under Cloud-Native and VMware
So, you’ve set up your shiny new Workload Management on vSphere, created a Namespace and deployed a cluster…now what?! When you deploy a workload cluster from Workload Management on vSphere 7, it comes with basic functionality, but in order to start running workloads you will inevitably need to install additional tools. That’s where Tanzu’s Packages come into play. Tanzu’s User Managed Packages are based on a project called Carvel which:
Written by Simon Eady on 7/12/2021
Published under Career
I am blessed to be working for a great employer, and while COVID had a significant impact everywhere, from a work point of view, I have never been busier. Because we are growing as an organisation, opportunities are surfacing on a regular basis. My focus in the last 24 months has shifted from a more project to project focus to now being involved in several projects at once providing project and architectural governance as well as normal consultant duties.
Written by Simon Eady on 6/11/2021
Published under vSphere
If you have spent any time designing IT soutions with VMware products you will very likely have come into contact with VMware Validated Designs (VVD) VMware Validated Design is a family of solutions for data center designs that span compute, storage, networking, and management, serving as a blueprint for your Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) implementation. The documentation of VMware Validated Design consists of succeeding deliverables for all stages of the SDDC life cycle.
Written by Simon Eady on 2/11/2021
Published under Career and vSphere
Having not sat any VMware exams recently (MSC exam not including) I had to update my VMware certification status and therefore sit the VCP exam. The VCP-DCV 2021 certification validates candidate skills to implement, manage, and troubleshoot a vSphere infrastructure, using best practices to provide a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that can accelerate the transformation to cloud computing. The Exam The exam covers a broad spectrum of vSphere components as you would expect.
Written by Sam McGeown on 1/9/2021
Published under Cloud Native and VMware
Just recently Docker announced some new pricing tiers for it’s almost ubiquitous Docker Desktop. I’m not going to opine much on this, time will tell whether this is a company saving move or not. Suffice to say that I work for a large company and would need a subscription to continue using Docker Desktop. The venerable Corey Quinn was on the news like a flash, so I’ll let you read his thread for some hard core snark analysis.
Written by Sam McGeown on 31/8/2021
Published under Community
I can tell from the ever-increasing urgency of emails from the events team that VMworld 2021 is just around the corner! Virtual conference event fatigue is real. I have attended and presented at many since the pandemic began, with varying levels of engagement. As an introvert, I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but I can’t wait to get pack to meeting up with people in the real world! The value of a conference is super-charged by the mix of dedicated time, networking opportunities and quality live content.
Written by Sam McGeown on 25/6/2021
I was doing some testing with adding an external vRealize Orchestrator 8.4 endpoint to vRealize Automation Code Stream 8.4, and it turns out there’s a redirect that happens with the vRO 8.4 appliance that makes the endpoint validation fail. When you enter the URL and click ACCEPT CERTIFICATE the UI will throw an error: Server error on getting certificates. Http failure response for https://<vRA FQDN>/codestream/api/endpoint-certificate?url=https://<vRO FQDN>: 400 Bad Request