Automating VDI Template Creation with VMware Code Stream and HashiCorp Packer – Part 2: Installing the VDI Agents

In part 1 of this series, we built a Windows 10 desktop using HashiCorp Packer. Now we will script the installation of the VDI agents needed for our VMware Horizon environment. After this, we will patch the box with the latest updates, before applying the VMware OS Optimization Tool to produce a lean and clean image. In the last part, we will automate the solution using VMware Code Stream.
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Automating VDI Template Creation with VMware Code Stream and HashiCorp Packer – Part 1: Building Windows

In previous consultancies I’ve worked, it was common practice to frequently patch corporate VDI templates. Whilst continuous patching is a good thing, it is quite often laborious. Any attempt to automate this is seen as difficult and organizations often give up and continue with manual processes. Here I will show how it can be done using Code Stream and HashiCorp Packer. Continue reading

Deploying GitLab Runner to VMware Enterprise PKS

Recently I have been deepening my learning of DevOps methodolgies, specifically around the vRealize Automation and Orchestrator platforms. I have been producing code for both in my development environment for a while and promoting it manually to test, staging and production. However, this is a very error-prone and laborious process that fails to take advantage of Continue reading

Deploy an Azure Kubernetes Service cluster from vRealize Automation – Part 1: Authentication

20161114-1Kubernetes (k8s) is arguably one of the hottest technologies right now. Whether it’s building your own in the private cloud, leveraging vendor implementations to compliment your enterprise apps or consuming public cloud varieties like Amazon Web Service’s EKS – there’s no shortage of ways to deploy k8s.

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Don’t forget about DTC when migrating your vRealize Automation IaaS database

20161114-1HobbitCloud has been enjoying somewhat of an infrastructure refresh recently, with the entire estate being renamed and Windows Servers migrating to 2016 and 2019. Part of this project was to increase resilience in my on-premise data warehouse by implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn Availability Group (AAG) running on Windows Server Core. Continue reading