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

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Written by Simon Eady on 14/10/2015
Published under Community
The first full day of VMworld after PEX was a busy one.After the keynote (highlights were the docker announcements) I was on “booth babe” duty at the VMUG lounge. It was great to meet so many folk who were existing VMUG members and leaders as well as prospective new members. If you are at VMworld this year you should definitely stop by! After lunch I hit the solutions exchange to catch up with a few vendors whom I had a few queries for also took the time to collect the #vExpert hoodie from @simplivity and the #vExpert tile from Tegile (thank you!
Written by Simon Eady on 12/10/2015
Published under VMware
It’s PEX (Partner Exchange Day) at VMworld today so its busy but not the Tuesday (first day) of VMworld busy, last night saw a fantastic #vRockstar party and a great chance to meet and have a beer with many vTwitteratti.      Today of course has been largely overshadowed by the big new concerning the Dell announcement to purchase EMC which has triggered a great deal of discussion and a healthy amount of banter and snark!
Written by Simon Eady on 21/9/2015
Published under vRealize Automation
Recently the team I am working with came across an interesting bug/issue with actions missing from deployed VMs. We had checked and double checked the entitlements yet the actions that should be available to the end-user/customer were not listed. Everything appeared to point to a permissions issue until one of the team members noticed something with regards to blueprints in the catalog. Before I continue with what we observed and how we “fixed” it please bear in mind the blueprints were created programmatically.
Written by Simon Eady on 11/9/2015
Published under vRealize Operations
I must admit I have been quite keen to get a look at vROps 6.1 so I was quick to upgrade my lab from 6.0 to 6.1 (with not problems I might add) and have a good look at the new bits and pieces. The bits I will cover briefly in this post are.. Upgrading from 6.0 EPO functionality Dashboards Automated actions (ON?) Upgrading from 6.0 Ensure you upgrade the OS of the appliance first (if you have one) - vRealize Operations Manager - Virtual Appliance Operating System upgrade (vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-6.
Written by Simon Eady on 10/9/2015
Published under vRealize Operations
So vROps 6.1 has gone GA! What have the guys at VMware added? I have listed what I consider the hi-lights below The maximum of 8 nodes has been doubled to 16! SSO integration has been added (requires vSphere 6.0) **Support for SRM has been added **          vRealize Hyperic functionality has been added
Written by Simon Eady on 27/8/2015
Published under vRealize Operations
One of the great new features included in vROps is High Availability, however when you look a little closer at how it works careful thought needs to go into whether you want to use it or not. I have had several discussions with my colleagues on the subject about whether you should or should not enable it in any given deployment of a vROps cluster. So the following are my thoughts and bullet points for you to consider when faced with same dilemma.
Written by Simon Eady on 17/8/2015
Published under vRealize Operations
Recently I have been working with various products that compliment or are accessed by vCOPs/vROps via Management packs. As vROps is still fairly new in comparative terms to other products like vCOPs and VCE Vision, when planning migrations from vCOPs to vROps it is naturally important to check compatibility and what is required for a successful migration. If you are doing a greenfield deployment of vROps there is nothing to be concerned about, you simply need the VCE Vision appliance running version 2.
Written by Simon Eady on 7/8/2015
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A few months ago I decided to tackle the VCAP5-DCD exam and when booking I gave myself 2 months to study before the date of the exam. I was keenly aware that at least in this calendar year the VCAP5-DCD exam and undergone some changes E.G. it no longer had multiple choice questions (think VCP5-DCV in terms of format) There was a wealth of knowledge out there from people whom had either passed/failed or were currently studying so it didn’t take too long to get an understanding of what disciplines/knowledge VMware were looking for in the exam.
Written by Simon Eady on 18/5/2015
Published under vRealize Operations
Recently I have been looking at William Lam’s excellent post on automating the deployment of vROps. After having a play around with it, to suit my own needs, I made some modifications to the Powershell script so it would support distributed switches. # William Lam # Edited by Simon Eady to support vDS # www.virtuallyghetto.com # Deployment of vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 (vROps)
Written by Simon Eady on 27/1/2015
Published under VMware
Having been a VMUG member for several years and now a VMUG leader I have seen the value of being a VMUG member and attending the meetings/events/conferences continue to increase. So why do I think you should you go? If you are using VMware technologies/products in your workplace or you are regularly consulting on said VMware products, the VMUG events are in my opinion invaluable. It simply doesn’t matter what experience/knowledge you have of the products, whether you are very new to virtualization or an old hand I guarantee you will come away from any VMUG meeting having learned something useful or dare I say been a great source/help to others whom you have met and networked with.