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How to configure VMware vRO integration with vRA – KBTV Webinars

In this latest KBTV Webinar you will learn how to configure VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) integration with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA).

This year we will be continuing our KBTV Webinars video series wherein staff members from our Technical Support teams cover and deep dive into a wide range of topics. To start us off, here is a new video which discusses and demonstrates how to configure VMware vRO integration with vRA.

Covered in this video demonstration:

  • Examples of a Simple Installation versus Distributed / HA Installation
  • Advanced Service Designer versus IaaS Extensibility
  • Understand the ways that vRealize Orchestrator is leveraged by vRealize Automation
  • A demonstration of a basic integration configuration between VMware vRealize Orchestrator integration with VMware vRealize Automation

Learn how to upload virtual machines from VMware Workstation 12 to vCloud Air

In our previous video tutorial Learn how to connect VMware Workstation to vCloud Air, we demonstrated how quick and easy it is to connect your VMware Workstation application to a vCloud Air instance.

In this video tutorial we show how you can upload a virtual machine from your Workstation installation to a vCloud Air environment.

For additional instructions and information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Uploading virtual machines from VMware Workstation 12 to vCloud Air (2136045).

Learn how to connect VMware Workstation to vCloud Air

Did you know that you can connect your VMware Workstation application to a VMware vCloud Air instance?

Well, in this short and snappy video tutorial you will learn how you do just that.

For additional information and instructions, see VMware Knowledge Base article Connecting to VMware vCloud Air using VMware Workstation (2097394).

Downgrading from VMware Workstation Pro 12 to VMware Workstation 11

Today we bring you a video which demonstrates downgrading from VMware Workstation Pro 12.x to VMware Workstation 11.x including changing the virtual hardware of your virtual machines.

VMware Workstation Pro 12.x and VMware Workstation 11.x use different virtual machine hardware compatibility. When downgrading Workstation, you must change the virtual machine hardware compatibility version of your virtual machine to Workstation 11.0.

For additional details see VMware Knowledge Base article Downgrading from VMware Workstation Pro 12 to VMware Workstation 11 (2128613).

Upgrading from Workstation 11 to Workstation Pro 12

This video demonstrates how you can upgrade from VMware Workstation 11 to VMware Workstation Pro 12 and is based on VMware Knowledge Base article Upgrading from VMware Workstation 11 to VMware Workstation Pro 12 (2126729).

Before upgrading to VMware Workstation Pro 12:

  • Ensure that your physical machine meets the system requirements. For more information, see the Introduction and System Requirements section in Using VMware Workstation Pro.
  • Shut down your virtual machines.

Installing VMware Workstation Pro 12 on Windows

This video tutorial quickly demonstrates how VMware Workstation Pro 12 can be installed on your Windows PC or laptop.

Before starting with the installation ensure that your physical machine meets all of the system requirements for VMware Workstation. See Getting Started with VMware Workstation 12.x for further details.

For instructions regarding how to download the software and additional information concerning the installation sequence see VMware Knowledge Base article Downloading and installing VMware Workstation (2057907).

How to confirm ESX and ESXi host hardware compatibility

We’ve just put the finishing touches on a new video which discusses how to confirm ESX and ESXi host hardware compatibility using the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guides, which are available here.

You can use the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guides to confirm whether or not your particular server, system, HBA, network card, or other peripheral devices are certified and compatible for use with specific vSphere ESX and ESXi versions.

Additional information is available at Confirming ESX/ESXi host hardware (System, Storage, and I/O) compatibility (1003916).

Issuing a 3rd party SSL certificate to vCenter while using vSphere VMCA to issue certificates to ESXi

This is the second video for today which was produced in conjunction with Mike Foley who is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager at VMware. These videos should be of some help to those of you that are faced with SSL certificate creation tasks relating to vSphere 6. This video discusses and demonstrates Issuing a 3rd party SSL certificate to vCenter while using vSphere VMCA to issue certificates to ESXi which should be of special interest to anyone who has ever asked the question “How do I replace the “external” SSL certificate of vCenter but still use VMCA in default mode?”

Mike has provided additional information and context around this exact topic over on his blog here.

How to create a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6

Today we have two new videos that we produced in conjunction with Mike Foley who is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager at VMware. These videos should be of some help to those of you that are faced with SSL certificate creation tasks relating to vSphere 6. This first video is based on VMware knowledge base article Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.0 (2112009) and it discusses and demonstrates how to create a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.

After watching this video tutorial you should be comfortable with configuring Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA) templates for use with custom SSL certificate implementation in vSphere 6.0.

Mike Foley has published additional information around this very topic over on his blog here.

How to setup mirrored folders between your Mac and Fusion VM

Did you know that you can setup mirrored folders for your Mac and Fusion virtual machine?

Mirrored folders allow the Mac and the virtual machine to see the same content in certain personal data folders. For example, any content put on the Mac’s desktop also appears on the Windows desktop. Similarly any content put in the My Documents folder in Windows also appears in the Mac user’s Documents folder.

The mirrored content resides on the Mac so that it is accessible even when the virtual machine is off. Mirrored folders work by redirecting where Windows looks for certain user folders (Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Movies, and Downloads) from their default Windows locations to the corresponding locations on the Mac. It does this by means of registry redirects (much like Group Policy can redirect user folders to a network location). Mirrored folders allows your Windows virtual machine to treat the Mac’s Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Movies, and Downloads folders as its own; it does not, however, let your Mac see the Windows default Desktop, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Movies, or Downloads folders, and your Mac never has access to data saved on the Windows computer.

This video discusses and demonstrates how to setup mirrored folders for your Mac and Fusion virtual machine. For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Setting up mirrored folders for your Mac and virtual machine (1014127).