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vRealize Lifecycle Manager 1.2 VC data collection fails when NSX-T hostswitches are in use
18/04/2018 | Sam

When vRealize Lifecycle Manager 1.2 was released recently, I was keen to get it installed in my lab, since I maintain several vRealize Automation deployments for development and testing, as well as performing upgrades. With vRLCM I can reduce the administrative overhead of managing the environments, as well as easily migrate content between environments (I’ll […]

Three Tier App for vRealize Automation
26/03/2018 | Sam

One question I’m asked quite a lot is what I use for a 3-tier application when I’m testing things like NSX micro-segmentation with vRealize Automation. The simple answer is that I used to make something up as I went along, deploying components by hand and generally repeating myself a lot. I had some cut/paste commands […]

Retrieve Blueprint or Virtual Machine Custom Properties using the vRealize Automation API
02/02/2018 | Sam

Just a quick post today, as I was working with a customer recently and we were trying to retrieve the Custom Properties assigned to a vRealize Automation 7.3 deployed Virtual Machine, similar to the one in the image below. It’s not as intuitive as you’d like it to be because of the split between IaaS […]

vRealize Automation 7.3 and NSX – Micro-segmentation strategies
19/01/2018 | Sam
Day 2 Actions Micro-segmentation Strategy

vRealize Automation and NSX integration has introduced the ability to deploy multi-tiered applications with network services included. The current integration also enables a method to deploy micro-segmentation out of the box, based on dynamic Security Group membership and the Service Composer. This method does have some limitations, and can be inflexible for the on-going management […]

#vROps Webinar 2017 – Part 4 : Optimizing Workload Performance Using Automation
22/09/2017 | Simon

In this episode, Sunny gave us a deep dive into the WLP and WLB features of vROps. We were also joined by a special guest, Jad El-Zein who gave us a great insight into how vRA utilises vROps for initial placement of freshly provisioned VMs We would highly appreciate it if you could spend 30 seconds […]

Simon’s #VMworld 2017: Wednesday
14/09/2017 | Simon

Posts in this seriesLooking forward to #VMworld EMEA 2017Sam’s #VMworld 2017: Before I go…Simon’s #VMworld 2017: Sunday and MondaySam’s #VMworld 2017: vSAN Specialist and VMware {Code} HackathonSam’s #VMworld 2017: Day One General SessionSam’s #VMworld 2017: Intro to NSX-T Architecture #NET1510BE and NSX-T and Kubernetes #NET1522BESimon’s #VMworld 2017: TuesdaySam’s #VMworld 2017: Day Two General SessionSam’s #VMworld […]

Looking forward to #VMworld EMEA 2017
01/09/2017 | Simon

Posts in this seriesLooking forward to #VMworld EMEA 2017Sam’s #VMworld 2017: Before I go…Simon’s #VMworld 2017: Sunday and MondaySam’s #VMworld 2017: vSAN Specialist and VMware {Code} HackathonSam’s #VMworld 2017: Day One General SessionSam’s #VMworld 2017: Intro to NSX-T Architecture #NET1510BE and NSX-T and Kubernetes #NET1522BESimon’s #VMworld 2017: TuesdaySam’s #VMworld 2017: Day Two General SessionSam’s #VMworld […]

vRealize Automation 7.3 Distributed Install – Prerequisites
20/07/2017 | Sam
Pre-requisites - Get your ducks in a row!

As a consultant I’ve had the opportunity to design, install and configure dozens of production vRealize Automation deployments, from reasonably small Proof of Concept environments to globally-scaled multi-datacenter fully distributed behemoths. It’s fair to say, that I’ve made mistakes along the way – and learned a lot of lessons as to what makes a deployment […]

Alexa, turn on my workload cluster
06/04/2017 | Sam

Like many other geeks out there, I received an Amazon Echo device this Christmas, and whether it’s a fad or not, I’ve spent a few happy hours setting up my Hue lights and some other automation. The room in the house with the most automation is my office – the novelty may wear off, but […]