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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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Shut the FUD Up

Shut the FUD Up

Three opinion pieces in two weeks. Too much? Perhaps I’ve just had more things that I’m procrastinating about lately, and my brain is looking for creative ways to avoid doing them… On to the topic – Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Or more simply FUD. Or…

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Defining Vendor Lock In

Defining Vendor Lock In

At Tech Summit last week, someone brought up a blog article which was discussing Virtual SAN vs VSA. One of the cons listed for Virtual SAN was “vendor lock in” (henceforth referred to as VLI – because we need more acronyms starting with V). There…

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vRA Application Architecture: Introduction

vRA Application Architecture: Introduction

I recently shared my philosophy about the importance of understanding the “how” of technology, in order to be able to articulate the “why” of it’s behaviour, and from there be able to explain the “what” in terms of the design decisions that you choose to…

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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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