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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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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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