Simon Eady

Simon Eady

An IT Professional with 20 years’ experience with broad technical and managerial experience, which has enabled him to deliver high quality, correctly scaled, easy to use IT solutions which are on budget and in line with business needs and requirements in any environment.

A leader of the Bristol and South West VMUG (VMware User Group)

Technology Specialities: vRealize Operations Manager (vROps), VMware vSphere, vRealize Automation (vRA), and not to shabby with the rest of the VMware stack.

Simon is currently working for Xtravirt as a Senior consultant and can usually be found on twitter @simoneady

vExpert 2014-2020

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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 Simon Eady on 18/6/2021
Published under Career
Being a Consultant within a VMware Principal Partner there are standards we need to meet and preferably exceed. Master Services Competencies (MSCs) are VMware partner designations designed to recognize services-capable partners with delivery expertise and experience within a VMware solution area. With that in mind I sat the VCF Specialist exam. The Exam The exam covers a broad spectrum of VMware technologies (vSphere, NSX-T, vSAN, Tanzu) I was apprehensive about it as there is an awful lot of material to cover that the exam expects you to have good knowledge of.
Written by Simon Eady on 20/4/2021
Published under vRealize Operations
There has been some really exciting things being announced/relased by VMware and their respective product teams recently so lets take a look at all the new goodness in vRealize Operations 8.4 vRealize Operations 8.4 vRealize Operations 8.4 delivers new and enhanced capabilities for self-driving operations to help customers optimize, plan, and scale VMware Cloud, which includes on-premises private cloud or VMware SDDC in multiple public clouds such as VMware Cloud on AWS, Azure VMware Solution (AVS), and Google Cloud VMware Engine (GCVE), while at the same time unifying multi-cloud monitoring, and supporting AWS, Azure Cloud, and Google Cloud platforms.
Written by Simon Eady on 18/3/2021
Published under vRealize Automation
Integrating vROps with vRA 8 using Workspace One Auth Source Product Version - vRealize Automation 8.x Why integrate vROps with vRA 8? vRealize Automation can work with vRealize Operations Manager to perform advanced workload placement, provide deployment health and virtual machine metrics, and display pricing. So what is the problem? When configuring the integration, you will input the vROps URL and it will also ask you to input a username and password of the service account you wish to use.
Written by Simon Eady on 21/2/2021
Published under vRealize Automation
Why use Content Libraries with vRA 8 Product Version - vRealize Automation 8.x What are vSphere Content Libraries? A content library stores and manages content in the form of library items. A single library item can consist of one file or multiple files. For example, the OVF template is a set of files (.ovf, .vmdk, and .mf). When you upload an OVF template to the library, you upload the entire set of files, but the result is a single library item of the OVF Template type.
Written by Simon Eady on 16/2/2021
Using vRealize Orchestreator MP in vROps Product Version - vRealize Operations 7.x and 8.x A few years ago VMware released the Orchestrator MP which is a superb way to directly call vRO workflows from vROps by way of alerts and actions. This opens the door to all manner of ideas for conditional automation using vROps. The limitation Recently for a customer we planned to use the vRO MP to assist a customer with a very unique/niche challenge.
Written by Simon Eady on 15/2/2021
Published under vRealize Operations
vROps Remote Collectors - Design Considerations Product Version - vRealize Operations 7.x and 8.x As part of VMware Validated Designs tyically you would use Remote Collectors not just in different DCs but also local to the analytics cluster. However there are a circumstances where the rules “change”. When using RecoverPoint or Site Recovery Manager Design Assumption - you have Remote Collectors on your Primary Site and on your Failover Site.
Written by Simon Eady on 16/3/2020
Published under vRealize Operations
vROps Cluster without a Load Balancer (gotchas) Product Version - vRealize Operations 7.5 While it is far from recomended to deploy a vROps Cluster without a loadbalancer there are circumstances where this is done. Recently helping a customer deploy a couple of simple issues cropped up that were not immediately obvious as to why they were issues. Unable to connect to Master Node when expanding the cluster We hit this issue and initialy it was a question mark moment there were no firewalls in the way and network connectivity was good end to end.