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

Moving vRealize Automation blueprints between environments with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.2

When large enterprises deploy a cloud management platform like VMware vRealize Automation, they often have a number of different environments. To ensure best practices, blueprints and orchestration scripts are created in development before being tested in another environment, before finally being transported into  Continue reading

Deploying Kubernetes with vRealize Automation

20161114-1A number of customers are very excited about the upcoming release of PKS. However, some are itching to get started with Kubernetes today, and are wondering how they can leverage VMware’s Cloud Management Platform, vRealize Automation, to do so. In this post I will show how you can design a blueprint which with two clicks can deploy a Kubernetes cluster for your users.  Continue reading

Vulnerability scanning with VMware Harbor 1.2 and Clair – Part 1: Building Harbor

At VMworld 2017 VMware announced the latest release of vSphere Integrated Containers, version 1.2. This release also included updated versions Admiral, VMware’s container management platform; and Harbor, their enterprise-class container registry. VMware makes all these products available to consume from a single OVA which can be Continue reading

“Invalid IP Address input” error when requesting a vRA blueprint via Code Stream

20161114-1The other day I successfully demonstrated the power of Code Stream at the UK North-West VMUG. The Management Pack for IT DevOps (codenamed “Houdini”) migrated blueprints between Development and Production, and at the end of the session I built a pipeline for deploying a WordPress application in development. Even though the audience wouldn’t have Continue reading