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Audit Reporting with vCloud Director

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Tom StephensSenior Technical Marketing Architect @vCloud_Storm Last week I had the pleasure to be in the company of Steve Hester.  Steve is an architect who works for Canadian Pacific.  Besides being an overall great guy, Steve is responsible for some vCloud Director environments that are used to provide on-demand services for developers. While we were Read more...

vCloud Director Network Ports

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Tom StephensSenior Technical Marketing Architect @vCloud_Storm Last week I spent some time at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.  It was a great event, though very different from DEFCON.  To me, the best part of the event was having the ability to talk to customers.  As to be expected, our conversations centered on security.  Read more...

Workaround for Chargeback and the vCD Appliance

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      by Tom Stephens, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware (Twitter: @vCloud_Storm) If you have tried to integrate a VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager installation with the vCloud Director Appliance  you likely ran into some issues.  The main reason for this was the configuration of the Oracle XE embedded database that is bundled with the Read more...

vCloud Director Client for iPad now available!

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      by Tom Stephens, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware  (Twitter: @vCloud_Storm) Today, VMware announced the release of the vCloud Client for iPad app.  Designed for the consumer of a vCloud Director environment, this app provides the ability to manage your cloud with your fingertips. Some key features of the app include: -       The Read more...

The vCloud Director Adapter

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      by Tom Stephens, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware It’s amazing how quickly the resources in your IaaS implementation will get consumed.  Leveraging the vCloud Director catalog and vApp template features, users don’t have to deal with the tedious activities associated with standing up new environments.  This ease of use facilitates the consumption Read more...

The vCloud Director Appliance

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      by Tom Stephens, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware Evaluating software to make sure that it is fit for purpose in your environment can be a time consuming task.  One has to acquire the hardware, get the software, and configure the environment.  Only then can they get to the business of performing the Read more...

vCD Support for vCenter Foundation

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      by Tom Stephens, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware I recently saw a question asking if vCloud Director was supported with vCenter Foundation.  This version is intended for use in small environments, and is limited to being able to manage three vSphere hosts. It’s a good question, as I’m sure there’s a group Read more...

vCloud Director Certification

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      by Tom Stephens, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware Recently, the question came up if VMware was planning to develop a certification around vCloud Director. Yes, we are indeed! As there is still a fair amount of work being done on this front, it would be a bit pre-mature to go into details Read more...

App Aware APIs for Linux

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As some of you have noticed, the APIs for Application Awareness with vSphere 5.0 were missing from the list of available downloads at VMware.com.  This issue has been fixed and the APIs for both Windows and Linux are posted.  These APIs are the same APIs you will find in NeverFail's vAppHA product and Symantec's ApplicationHA Read more...

Supported vSphere 5.0 Advanced Options

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There are several advanced configuration options that one can use to modify the operation of vSphere HA 5.0.  The following lists the supported options that relate to vSphere HA 5.0.  As the use of these options can significantly impact the operation of vSphere HA and hence the availability protection provided, it is highly recommended that Read more...