About the Book

About the Book

It’s been roughly a week since my somewhat cryptic “the book is dead, long live the book” tweet. So, what prompted it and what has happened? Last week, Jad and I had a call with our editor over at VMware Press. She informed us that…

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Postman Collection for the vRA7 API

Postman Collection for the vRA7 API

If you find yourself needing to validate API calls, it’s handy to have them all ready to go in something like Postman. Without further ado, here is the complete API set for vRealize Automation 7.0. To get started, take a look at this post from…

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Real Single Sign On with vRA7

Real Single Sign On with vRA7

It appeals to my sense of humour that removing vCenter SSO from vRA has allowed for the introduction of real single sign on in vRA7. This post isn’t revolutionary, in fact you can read how to set this up in our product documentation. Consider this…

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Dynamic Reservation Selection in vRA7

Dynamic Reservation Selection in vRA7

A common question that comes up is whether or not you can select a reservation at request time with vRealize Automation. In previous versions this was pretty clunky, but in 7 it is now pretty straightforward to setup. Before we tackle the “how” let’s look…

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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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