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Get Your Act Together

Get Your Act Together

Today, I woke up happy. I had nine hours of solid sleep, I had finally seen my family after a week overseas and I was going to sit and pass my VCIX-NV. My prep for this one had been pretty decent, I’d taken a week…

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Removing Data Security After an NSX Upgrade

Removing Data Security After an NSX Upgrade

I’ve recently started studying for the VCIX-NV. One of the first objectives on the blueprint is to upgrade from vCNS to NSX. This seemed pretty straightforward, as I’ve done this when NSX first came out. Admittedly I wasn’t using all of the vCNS capabilities, and…

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vRealize Automation and the Platform Services Controller

vRealize Automation and the Platform Services Controller

With the release last week of vSphere 6.0 also came the introduction of the Platform Services Controller (PSC). The Platform Services Controller combines Single Sign-on (SSO 2.0), Licensing and the VMware Certificate Authority. When you are installing vCenter Server, you have the option to embed…

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What Happened to the Tech Community?

What Happened to the Tech Community?

You know what’s really starting to annoy me? Seeing people sell out to the companies they’ve joined. The word “annoy” is quite mild. It’s actually really starting to make me quite fucked off. I’ve been on twitter for quite a while, and in the last…

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Exam Routines Make for Routine Exams

Exam Routines Make for Routine Exams

Today I got notification from VMware Education that I had passed my VCAP-CIA. A nice feeling, especially after the end of availability notice meant that I only had one shot at it! A number of people at work and in the community have asked me…

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vRA without Windows – The Business Group API

vRA without Windows – The Business Group API

I’ve been asked a few times now if it’s possible to use vRA without Windows. The typical use case for this is if you were only planning on using Advanced Services Designer (ASD) without the typical VM lifecycle management. Most recently, I was asked about…

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Updating vRA Self-signed Certificates with new Self-Signed Certificates

Updating vRA Self-signed Certificates with new Self-Signed Certificates

It has been a little over a year since vCAC 6.0 was released, so many folks who have deployed it in their labs, POCs or other environments for testing purposes are likely to have used the self-signed certificates created in the VAMI at install time…

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Replacing the vRealize Automation Favicon

Replacing the vRealize Automation Favicon

An application “favicon” (sometimes referred to as a shortcut icon or Web site icon), is typically a 16×16 pixel image associated with a Web site or Web page. This special icon appears in the tab when the Web site or application is loaded, and also…

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VCP6-Cloud Exam

VCP6-Cloud Exam

This morning I sat the VCP6-Cloud exam. I looked at the Blueprint for the first time this morning on the train which is where I got my first shock – this wasn’t an exam that tackled a single product. In reading through the blueprint, it’s…

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vRA 6.1 API – Catalog Requests

vRA 6.1 API – Catalog Requests

In the previous post on vRA APIs, we took a look at authentication and getting a bearer token. Some questions have come up for a local project around how we can enumerate the vRA catalog, and then subsequently request something via the API so here…

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