Platypus – vRA7 API Documentation

Platypus – vRA7 API Documentation

One of the most underrated features of vRealize Automation 7 is the new API. With additional platform coverage (I haven’t completely validated but we’re talking upwards of 90%) and the use of HATEOAS, the capabilities that we now have at our fingertips are pretty amazing….

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vRealize Orchestrator and SQL Force Encryption

vRealize Orchestrator and SQL Force Encryption

I’m currently working on an engagement where the customer’s security team has mandated the use of “Force Encryption” on all SQL connections within their SQL 2012 environment. This posed a few challenges when setting up vRO, and since I haven’t found a post that deals…

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vRealize Automation for Service Providers

vRealize Automation for Service Providers

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, in fact every time we have a dot release of vRealize Automation and I have to answer this question (again) I mean to finish it. Finally it’s here! vRealize Automation is a pretty great…

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vRA Hands On Lab Preview

vRA Hands On Lab Preview

The Hands On Labs present a pretty cool model for getting stick time with VMware solutions that you don’t have access to. This year, I was lucky enough to be involved with a lab that orbits around my favourite product. The focus for the memorably…

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Conceptual, Logical and Physical Design

Conceptual, Logical and Physical Design

Short and sweet today! I shared this with a few people as part of the content review for our upcoming book and it got some really good feedback, so thought I’d share it with you all. “Probably the biggest thing to remember when you are…

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For the People, by the People

For the People, by the People

At this time last year, I was neck deep in Mastering vSphere 6. I’d agreed to work with my good friend Nick Marshall on this book as a way to gain some experience in writing a book and working with a publisher. It was both…

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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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