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Want to be Valued? Do Something Valuable

Want to be Valued? Do Something Valuable

I recently got mentioned in a conversation on twitter where some statements were made about the need for companies to make an effort to retain their VCDXs if they didn’t want them to go where they were valued more. This comment (while made with the…

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vRA Appliance Clustering in Under 3 Minutes

vRA Appliance Clustering in Under 3 Minutes

Yep, it’s that easy.

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vCAC 6.1 API – Authentication

vCAC 6.1 API – Authentication

With the release of vCAC 6. 1(or rather vRealize Automation – that still takes some getting used to), the API which was in beta and a real pain to interact with in 6.0 has been made publicly available. In order to interact with vRA 6.1,…

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Application Director Part 3: Creating a Cloud Provider and Deployment Environment

Application Director Part 3: Creating a Cloud Provider and Deployment Environment

In the previous post we registered AppD to the vCAC Component Registry. In effect, this makes vCAC aware of AppD, but it doesn’t quite make AppD aware of vCAC. First of all, you need to ensure that you’re working within the appropriate Business Group. It…

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Enforcing vCAC Service Availability with vCO

Enforcing vCAC Service Availability with vCO

I was having a chat with Nathan at work today about this recent post and the fact that the “service availability” is only an informational piece and doesn’t actually enforce access to the service. For some people this is a suitable approach, but for others…

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Defining Service Support Days

Defining Service Support Days

I was over on the VMware Communities tonight, as I often am when I need to settle my mind (don’t ask, I have problems) when the following post popped up. You’d think that this would be straightforward, but it turns out that when you do…

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VCAC DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS PART 2 – RQ001 Deployment of Virtual Machine(s) with an Operating System

VCAC DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS PART 2 – RQ001 Deployment of Virtual Machine(s) with an Operating System

Requirement Summary A user logs in to the user portal and requests provisioning of a Virtual Machine (VM) with an Operating System. The VM (with the selected OS) is provisioned and ready for access. The requestor is notified of the success or failure of the…

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vCAC Design Considerations Part 1 – Introduction

vCAC Design Considerations Part 1 – Introduction

You know what I love about vCAC? It’s the overlap of business logic and technology. Because of that, the design considerations get super interesting. It’s not just about consolidation ratios, containment, path selection policies and NIOC. It’s about all the stuff you’ve come to know…

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Application Director Part 2: Basic Setup

Application Director Part 2: Basic Setup

Following on from the previous post Deploying the Appd OVA, there are a couple more steps before we get onto registering AppD with vCAC. Typically after an OVA deployment you can just browse to the VAMI or Web Interface of whatever you’ve deployed and carry…

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Application Director Part 1: OVA Deployment

Application Director Part 1: OVA Deployment

I’ve always silently cursed people like Brandon Sanderson who begin writing epic multi-part book series and then diverge off on side projects. Unfortunately, I’m now finding myself behaving more and more like that with my blog posts – but now I have an understanding as…

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