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Last feed update: Sunday November 13th, 2016 04:05:05 AM

New disk on a new SCSI adapter at request time

Monday March 14th, 2016 08:41:34 PM gary.coburn
I promised in the last post that I would follow up with a section 2, well here it is! How to add a new disk on a new SCSI adapter at the time of request. You may recall from the previous post there was a simple request that a customer was hoping they could provision a new …

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New Disk with a SCSI adapter

Monday March 7th, 2016 06:27:05 PM gary.coburn
Last week I spent some time working on using vRO to populate a new Disk with a SCSI adapter. The request came in as any other typically does with a simple, hey is there any easy way to do this? I dug through what I thought would be a quick and simple set of workflows… …

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New and Improved

Friday February 26th, 2016 01:18:45 PM gary.coburn
Welcome all to the new and improved site for Finally moving from the hosted platform to a custom build of wordpress. So what does that mean for you? Well now the site looks better, will have better navigation and most importantly will be linked with the other automation sites. The biggest benefit for …

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Due to high demand, here’s the combined AAA deployment!

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 03:37:57 PM gary.coburn
I think this may be the highest requested post I’ve had so far. After creating the Dynamic deployment of the App Authoring Agent (AAA for the rest of this post) on Linux using SSH, the demand for a windows, or more importantly combined solution was flooding my inbox. Quick DISCLAIMER based on internal tests by colleagues …

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The missing prepare_vra_template

Sunday February 7th, 2016 07:59:00 AM gary.coburn
Ladies and Gentlemen following me and my blog, let me say that last week was one of those great weeks here at VMware! They say things coming in 3s well last week that is so very true for me. I am now a member of the CTO Ambassador program which brings me closer to my …

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Updated: Getting More Out of vRA – Session 2

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 08:20:03 PM gary.coburn
First off, for all those who attempted to attend the session last week, all I can do is apologize! The platform did not serve use well but we are dedicated to getting this out to everyone! See below are the details and register here! Details are below but I’m looking forward to everyone joining the session …

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Getting More Out of vRA – Session 2

Monday January 25th, 2016 02:16:53 PM gary.coburn
I completely forgot to post for Session 1 but since I’m heading up Session 2 it’s top of mind. Join me to install, configure, and deploy your first VM in less than 2 hours! See below are the details and register here! Details are below but I’m looking forward to everyone joining the session on …

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Dynamic install of the app authoring agent

Thursday January 21st, 2016 01:45:24 PM gary.coburn
Today in our next Event Broker introduction piece we are going to walk through configuring it to dynamically install the agent needed for Application Authoring (ie our Software components option in the enterprise editions). So what does that really mean? Two things in my opinion… First it means you can have a pristine template that is …

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Enabling the Event Broker

Tuesday January 19th, 2016 01:25:13 PM gary.coburn
Welcome to 2016 and my first in-depth post about the new Event Broker in vRA7. As you will see through out the coming posts I’m VERY excited by the Event Broker. The power and flexibility that it will provide can only be matched by your imagination. Examples of this are a number of folks when …

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iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4 – Trade Offs Galore!!!

Friday January 8th, 2016 08:06:37 PM gary.coburn
So first let me say I don’t normally do this, I’ve used this blog entirely on educating folks about the amazing automation stack that VMware has enabled both for traditional IT and the new cloud native world. Today I felt it was worth sharing a very personal experience and decision that has been tough for …

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Last feed update: Saturday April 29th, 2017 07:36:58 PM

Photon OS vs. Photon Platform – Stop The Insanity

Monday April 24th, 2017 09:04:23 PM Ryan Kelly
I get this question a lot, or I think the conversation is about one solution and it ends up being about the other. In this post I will very simply describe both solutions. This is not a 10 pager here, super simple so you can keep this as a handy Continue reading

How to verify Harbor 1.1 is successfully installed

Friday April 21st, 2017 11:42:07 PM Ryan Kelly
In the previous guide we installed and configured Harbor on Photon OS.  In this guide I will walk you through testing that your Harbor registry installation is working and you can push images to it. Pre-Reqs Harbor Registry already installed see my guide here Photon OS with at least 1 Continue reading

Getting started with Harbor 1.1 on Photon OS

Friday April 21st, 2017 11:36:57 PM Ryan Kelly
In this guide I will show you how to install the latest release of VMware Harbor Registry on Photon OS Pre-Reqs Photon OS with at least 1 vCPU 2GB RAM and at least 5GB storage – vSphere OVA Here Internet Access from Photon OS to the internet A quite place Continue reading

Verify your Harbor Registry is backed by S3 Storage

Friday April 21st, 2017 12:12:35 AM Ryan Kelly
In the previous guide we installed and configured Harbor to use S3 backed storage.  In this guide I will walk you through testing that your Harbor registry installation is being backed by S3 storage. Pre-Reqs Harbor Registry already installed and backed by S3 storage see my guide here Photon OS Continue reading

How to configure Harbor registry to use Amazon S3 Storage

Friday April 21st, 2017 12:07:23 AM Ryan Kelly
In this guide I will show you how to configure your Harbor registry to use S3 as the storage backend for image repositories. This will allow you to consume S3 storage instead of local storage or a docker volume for images pushed to the Harbor registry. Pre-Reqs Photon OS with Continue reading

Help me get to VMworld 2017

Monday April 3rd, 2017 05:46:44 PM Ryan Kelly
It’s that time again and this year we are back in Vegas baby! Help me get to VMworld again this year by voting for my speaking sessions. I had a great turnout last year and appreciate the huge support I received. Containers 101 for the vSphere Admin [1466] and Setting Continue reading

vSphere Integrated Containers 1.0 Quick Start Guide

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 06:20:44 PM Ryan Kelly
In this guide I will walk you though a simple installation of vSphere Integrated Containers so you can try it in your own lab or data center. This is meant for evaluation and learning, production installations may require a different configuration. Pre-Reqs Create or obtain a vCenter Server instance with Continue reading

Getting started with vRealize Cloud Client

Monday March 20th, 2017 10:26:26 PM Ryan Kelly
In this guide I will show you how to install and get started with the vRealize Cloud Client command line tool. Pre-Reqs An installation of vRealize Automation 7 see my guide here Download the latest vRealize Cloud Client from here Download and install the latest Java Run Time for you Continue reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Friday March 17th, 2017 07:51:51 PM Ryan Kelly

How to change the vRA 7.2 All Services Icon

Friday March 17th, 2017 12:40:23 AM Ryan Kelly
In this guide I will walk you through how to change that pesky All Services icon to one of your choice. Pre-Reqs vRealize Automation 7.2 or newer installed and configured See my guide here A Linux system with a command line that you can run curl from to connect to Continue reading

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Last feed update: Saturday April 29th, 2017 03:51:34 PM

back to my roots...

Friday September 30th, 2016 09:41:33 PM Paul Gifford
Time for another new adventure at VMware, again...Today is is my last day on the National Cloud Management Specialist Team.  As of Monday, I take my new role as a Cloud Foundation Architect along side 3 other bad-ass colleagues to form the Cloud Foundation Specialist Team covering North America. Our team will be focused on evangelism, customer adoption, and product/service direction of Cloud Foundation and SDDCaaS in close collaboration with the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. 

VMworld 2016 Sessions

Friday July 22nd, 2016 02:40:23 PM Paul Gifford
Come see us at VMworld this year in Vegas.  If you are interested in what VMware is doing in the container space, come see Adam Osterholt, Gary Coburn, Martijn Baecke and I and attend a few of our sessions...

Working with Project Platypus

Monday March 21st, 2016 02:11:00 PM Paul Gifford
This morning , I did a guest post on dailyhypervisor about the recent update on the Platypus Project and I figured that I would do a quick run through on consuming the docker image and playing with the variables.Working with Platypus is pretty simple; let's use vRealize Operations 6.2 as an example below.

Docker Lab Installer

Saturday February 13th, 2016 05:49:32 AM Paul Gifford
In December, I created a VMware AppCatalyst Lab Installer Script which automated the install of Homebrew, Ansible, Packer, Python, VMware AppCatalyst, Docker Toolbox and Vagrant. This lab installer also include a customized docker-machine with the VMware AppCatalyst driver included. I got to thinking, what if someone just wanted a local lab without AppCatalyst and just wanted the native experience with Docker Toolbox and Kitematic? 

Consuming platypus

Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 06:44:00 PM Paul Gifford
Yesterday, Grant and Roman released their platypus project, which is essentially a very simple and elegant way to provide vRA 7 users the ability to explore it's API without the need to connect to a vRA 7 instance. I personally needed this for another project that I am working on with a colleague so I needed to give this a shot as soon as I can. 

CTO Ambassador

Monday February 1st, 2016 06:40:00 PM Paul Gifford
Last night I received an email that I was anticipating for a while, I was selected to be an Ambassador in VMware's CTO Ambassador Program for the 2016 and 2017 tenure.  Needless to say, I am pretty pumped about the opportunity to contribute back to a community that have a special passion for. 

New Year and a new adventure, let's do this!

Thursday January 21st, 2016 06:38:00 PM Paul Gifford
My first 3 years at VMware have been a hell of a ride so far. After starting out as an Account SE covering Enterprise accounts in Calgary and the Prairies, I moved into a Cloud Specialist role covering Western Canada. Looking back on the last few years seems like a blur, after working with so many great customers, colleagues and partners I have gotten used to the extremely fast pace of the company and technology solutions that we deliver to the field.  I have a feeling that I am only just starting down the road of 'fast paced' due to the new role and new specialization that I am moving into. 

Docker Intro

Friday November 13th, 2015 06:34:00 PM Paul Gifford
Containerization uses the kernel on the host operating system to run multiple root file systems.  Each root file system is called a container, each container also has it's own processes, memory, devices and network stack. For more on Containers, see my Containers 101 post. As mentioned in that previous post, Docker has built a very strong ecosystem and simple way of consuming and using containers.  Let's take a look at a couple basics for docker and work from there. 

Container Intro

Monday November 9th, 2015 06:29:00 PM Paul Gifford
What are Containers? Containers are an OS-level virtualization method in which the kernel of an operating system allows for multiple isolated user-space instances, instead of just one. The primary benefits of using containers include limited overhead, increased flexibility and efficient use of storage; the container looks like a regular OS instance from the user's perspective. Changes to the image can be made very quickly and pushed to a repository to share with others for further development and utilization. 

Introduction to Microservices

Tuesday November 3rd, 2015 06:23:00 PM Paul Gifford
The very idea of 3rd Platform is disruptive to the majority of IT shops because it is a radical paradigm shift that transitions from a device centric to a solution orientated approach.  While the 1st platform was designed around mainframes and the 2nd platform was designed around client-server, the 3rd platform is designed around the cloud. In other words, applications are designed and built to live in the cloud. We can e ectively think of this as pushing many of the core infrastructure concepts (like availability and scale) into the architecture of the application itself with containers being a large part of this; they can be thought of as lightweight runtimes for these applications. With proper application architecture and a rock solid foundation either on-premise or in the cloud, applications can scale on demand, new versions can be pushed quickly, components can be rebuilt and replaced easily, as well as many other benefits discussed below.


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Last feed update: Saturday April 29th, 2017 07:37:12 PM

How to be an SE – My Guiding Principles

Friday December 9th, 2016 05:03:38 PM fetachz
I’ve been wanting to make this post for quite some time, but having recently moved to Nutanix, I’ve been drinking from the “proverbial firehose” for a bit longer than I would have expected 🙂 I’ve been working as an SE since I left corp IT for almost 10 years now. It has been absolutely fantastic, … Continue reading How to be an SE – My Guiding Principles

Andreopoulos on Acropolis Part 1

Saturday June 11th, 2016 10:45:51 PM fetachz
A disclaimer before we get started. First, if you are expecting an epic “battle of the hypervisors” article, then please move on. This is going to be a multi-part series as I attempt to explore the viability of AHV (Acropolis Hypervisor) in the market place for a variety of use cases. Secondly, this is a … Continue reading Andreopoulos on Acropolis Part 1

Fun mate…

Sunday May 22nd, 2016 12:12:29 AM fetachz
I’ve played the Vienna for a couple decades now, and I’ve had fantastic results. Here is a little miniature in one of the lines I get from time to time. Black gets a bit greedy and thinks he is pickup on a loose pawn, but in fact, his position isn’t great.

Vote for My VMworld Sessions!

Thursday May 5th, 2016 01:11:36 AM fetachz
I submitted 2 VMworld sesssions this year, along with my colleague in crime Chris Lennon. I think public voting will be opened up very shortly but here is all you have to do: Connect to and login. You must register if you don’t already have a login. In the search field, find both of my … Continue reading Vote for My VMworld Sessions!

vRO (Orchestrator) Plugin for Chef!

Wednesday January 20th, 2016 06:20:22 PM fetachz
Today, VMware officially released our vRealize Orchestrator Plugin for Chef. You can find it on the Solutions Exchange Here: Chef Plugin for vRO   I had a couple customers beta test this and it works very nicely. Enjoy!

vRA 7.0 and Service Now Integration

Tuesday December 29th, 2015 10:36:07 PM fetachz
With the release of vRealize Automation 7.0 comes some fantastic goodies including the new Event Broker system for providing integration and extensibility. Although I thought our previous methods with vRA 6.x and vRO were great, Event Broker just makes life so much easier. Let me explain....


Tuesday December 29th, 2015 01:28:29 AM fetachz
Just want to throw a quick shout out to my buddy and co-worker Ryan Kelly at VMware. He runs a fantastic cloud blog over at vmtocloud , and I piggy backed as a guest blogger from time to time on topics related to vcac (vRealize Automation), vCO/vRO (orchestrator), and ServiceNow. Here is a link to my ServiceNow post … Continue reading vmtocloud

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Last feed update: Sunday November 13th, 2016 04:05:04 AM

vROps/vRO Remediation Action Pack is live on VSX

Wednesday March 25th, 2015 06:09:40 PM ehardcastle
As some of you may know, I recently worked to build  a set of remediation actions for the new vROps 6.x. After several months of work, testing, and documenting the solution it has gone live in the VMware Solutions Exchange. The solution can be found here. An updated blog article will be coming to […]

vCAC/vRA Unable to log into the VAMI Console – expiring root account – UPDATED

Wednesday December 10th, 2014 02:23:24 PM ehardcastle
I just discovered yet another time bomb issue in vCAC/vRA 6.x. There is a 1yr expiration time bomb in the VAMI root account. This will prevent you from logging in to the VAMI console(trying to update to 6.2??). To fix, log in to the console/putty/ssh, and then run this command… chage –M 99999 root Even […]

vCAC 5.x/6.x RDP link address/hostname mismatch

Monday November 10th, 2014 08:00:28 PM ehardcastle
In certain situations, like doing DNS Aliasing for multi domain environments, the fqdn of the vm may not match what is registered in DNS for name resolution, and therefore the  RDP link in the Day Two actions of the vCAC will not work. The good news, our friends in R&D thought of this situation. You […]

Application Director / vRealize Automation Time won’t stay set in console

Thursday October 30th, 2014 10:38:22 PM ehardcastle
When you try to set the timezone in AppD it stays set to UTC time. Simply run this command directly from the AppD console or SSH session. (Note OOTB you cannot SSH to AppD, so you must ssh as darwin_user, and su root) “ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/New_York /etc/localtime”

vCAC 6.0.x with Windows 2012 Guest Agent “stuck” Looping with “wait.vbs” script

Tuesday August 19th, 2014 05:43:57 PM ehardcastle
When installing the gugent and deploying a VM with vCAC 6.0.x you may have noticed that the guest agent gets stuck in a “loop” where it continually re-runs the “wait.vbs” script. This is because the guest agent cannot successfully talk back to the vCAC Server. While working on a cusomer PoC I uncovered a bug […]

vCAC 6.0 and Large AD Forests – User unable to log in.

Thursday June 5th, 2014 01:14:44 AM ehardcastle
I’ve noticed a few times, where I was working with customers to setup vCAC, and while configuring the tenants and attaching the Identity store I would add users as tenant and Infrastructure admins(or just plain users for that matter. But, when the users try to log on, the vCAC portal just flashes and comes back […]

Not all vCAC “Day Two Actions” show up – Re-register vCAC inventory

Wednesday June 4th, 2014 03:07:20 PM ehardcastle
You may have noticed at times, when you do a new install of vCAC, you go to entitle all of the various “Day Two Actions” for a VM. Things like Destroy, reset, Power Off… but the list is glaringly short!!! This means that during the install, not all actions were registered with the vCAC Cafe. […]

Quick and Easy vCAC 6.0.x Troubleshooting…

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 02:43:37 PM ehardcastle
Over the past several months I have noticed that people seem to have a hard time with installing vCAC 6.x. While it may seem an arduous task it is really pretty straightforward, IF all of the basics are covered. I have helped several team members over the past few weeks fix install/config issues and they […]

vCAC 6/vCO Auto create Powershell Host and execute Day Two Commands – draft…

Tuesday April 8th, 2014 05:55:19 PM ehardcastle
First up is the WinRM setup on your PowerShell host.    Remember these are to be executed on the Windows box that you wish to run the PowerShell script from. We will add the below commands to our customization spec that we use for our WIndows blueprints To create a winrm listener and open any […]

vCAC 6.x SSO – Bug Please Read! Lose tenant / System Exception / Blank page Submit button

Monday April 7th, 2014 10:27:34 PM ehardcastle
As many of you know, out of the blue, my lab pod that had been running since the GA of  6.0 suddenly died without warning. I was unable to log in to my tenant, it would just  take my credentials and then refresh back to a blank log in page. After digging deep with support […]

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