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Just Published – Free eBook: The Gorilla Guide to… VMware vRealize Operations 7.5 by vExpert, David M Davis

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I’m excited to announced that my newly released and updated book The Gorilla Guide to… VMware vRealize Operations 7.5 is now available! In the book I start off with some level-setting about what vRealize Operations does, how it’s architected, the value it brings, and the different editions that are available. From there, the majority of the Read more...

The Future of HCI Ops

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There is no denying that two irresistible forces are driving today’s—and tomorrow’s—use of information technology. First, software is key to driving business outcomes, both for staff productivity and communication, and for creating and exploiting competitive advantages. Second, all software needs to run on a cloud of some kind, be it public or private—or, as is Read more...

Network Automation with Cloud Assembly and NSX – Part 4

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The final blog in my series on network automation with Cloud Assembly and NSX will focus on creating on-demand load balancers, using existing load balancers, and reconfiguring load balancers after deployment.  I recommend going through part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this blog series if you’re new to Cloud Assembly. On-Demand Load Balancers Read more...

Network Automation with Cloud Assembly and NSX – Part 3

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Welcome back for part three of a four part series on Network Automation with Cloud Assembly and NSX.  In the previous two posts I covered how to setup Cloud Accounts, verify and configure your initial network profile, then showed how to create on-demand networks and use existing or provider networks.  For this post, I will Read more...

Infoblox IPAM Integration with Cloud Assembly Overview

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Cloud Assembly now includes integration with Infoblox IPAM solutions within your environment.  The IPAM feature is currently in beta and is fully accessible for use.  Once the integration configuration is complete, you are able to provision IP addresses using defined networks in Infoblox.  Assigned IP ranges from Infoblox are added and made available for deployments Read more...

Cloud Automation Services – Touring some of the New Features – August 2019 Edition!

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VMware is constantly and rapidly adding features to it’s SaaS Cloud Automation solutions.  In this post I’d like to highlight a few features: Set Icons on Catalog Items (Service Broker) Enable Custom Forms import / export in the custom Form Designer (Service Broker) Enhancements to the Action Editor (Cloud Assembly) Day-2 action policies (Service Broker) Read more...

Active Directory Integration in Cloud Assembly

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In vRealize Automation, which is our on premise automation platform, you could specify where you wanted a virtual machine object placed in your Active Directory structure using integration Active Directory. This capability is now “out-of-the-box” functionality within Cloud Assembly. Let’s walk through how we set up this new integration.   How to Setup the New Read more...

Action Based Extensibility (ABX) Now Available On-Premises

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  In this blog we are going to cover an enhancement to an already awesome capability with in Cloud Assembly know as Action Based Extensibility (check out the link to see what’s under the covers) or ABX. ABX is VMware’s serverless function capability built into Cloud Assembly. Prior to this months release of features into Cloud Read more...

Operationalize Your HCI Data Center with vSAN ENT+

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I’m very excited to introduce the very new vSAN ENT+ hard bundle for your hyperconverged data center.   Better together, VMware vSAN v6.7 and vRealize Operations v7.5 makes it easy to manage your ‘day one’ and ‘day two’ HCI operations. This bundled release allows IT Admins to administer their infrastructure more efficiently through:   vSAN-aware Workload Placement Read more...

Intelligent Remediation Delivers Quick Time to Value

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Troubleshooting … has been a part of the human condition probably since there were humans. Data centers are no great exception, of course, and are becoming complex to the point of requiring better and more intelligent tools to use in the process. Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we Read more...