VMworld Europe 2014 – Looking forward…

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It's October now and it means that VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner. I'll be attending in Barcelona for what will be my 4th VMworld. It will be the first time that I've ever attended under a full conference pass rather than just as a blogger. However, I don't expect the experience to be hugely different. Perhaps in the general sessions the view will be slightly different but that's about it. My employer, Xtravirt, is sending a number of my colleagues along with me to VMworld this year. Whilst we're all very different people working on different projects, we generally have fairly complementary skillsets and a passion for what we do. Speaking just for myself, I'm really looking forward to VMworld. Like my children's … [Read more...]

vBrownbag needs you at VMworld Europe 2014

VMworld Europe 2014 gets under way two weeks from today. There are a large number of excellent sessions available to schedule but if you either didn't get yours selected, didn't submit one but wish you had or just have something that you want to share with VMware users and the community in general then there is another way. Every year at VMworld (both US and EMEA), the vBrownbag crew organise a series of TechTalks aimed at giving anybody who wants to, a chance to present for 10 minutes on the topic of their choice (except for direct product pitches). The schedule has still to be decided but there are open slots available. So, if you have something that you want to share, use the sign up form … [Read more...]

NSX 6.1 goes GA

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Hot on the heels of vCAC 6.1 going GA, NSX 6.1 has appeared on VMware's download site today. In addition to micro-segmentation enhancements and updates to the loadbalancer, this version promises better integration with vCAC. I hope to been spinning it up in my lab this weekend. For a full list of changes, see the Release Notes.   … [Read more...]

ByteSize #0 – The first one

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Sometimes you see something interesting and you want to write a blog post about it but it seems like such a small snippet of information that it doesn’t quite seem worth it. Of course there’s twitter, an ideal platform for short and snappy updates, but sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough. This is my attempt at something in-between and a little bit of fun! Things that I’ve found interesting this month that I don’t want to write an entire blog post about but that deserve more than a quick tweet. And of course, there are the things that are perhaps a little off topic too. IPv4 ranges for documentation - I’ve written my fair share of technical documents in my career so far and I’m sure I’ll write plenty more. What I never knew … [Read more...]

VCP-NV: Getting Started

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So, you’ve decided to take the VCP-NV exam that VMware launched just recently. If you haven’t been living and breathing VMware NSX for the past few months, you’re probably going to need to do some preparation so that you don’t waste the exam fee. Even if you’re an expert, it’s sensible to at least look over the blueprint first and make sure that you have all of the bases covered. Either way, if you want to get this certification then there are three routes that you can take to do it. 1. You’re new to VMware certification Before you can earn the certification, you MUST attend the VMware NSX: Install, Configure and Manage course. Then to earn the VCP-NV certification, simply register for and pass the VCPN610 exam. 2. You have … [Read more...]

vCO 5.5.2 released

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Such a minor update (from 5.5.1), why should I bother to write about this? Well, for two reasons really. Complete support of Dynamic Types. I've been doing some work with these on a current project and the potential is pretty fantastic. vCenter Server plugin enhancement. The property collector is now used to return vCenter Server object properties instead of the inventory service. If you follow the Orchestrator communities forum, you'll probably already know that the inventory service cause quite a few people some problems. If you want to know more about Dynamic types, look at this blog post and this example on the vCOTeam blog site. Download vCO 5.5.2 here. Release notes are here. … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.1 goes GA

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Ping! It's baked and out of the oven at last. vCAC 6.1 has hit a download server near you. I've been waiting for this for a while now, so what's new? From my perspective some of the most interesting new bits are: Tighter Puppet integration Enhanced support for NSX (including the use of NSX / vCNS workflows as actions in the vCAC Advanced Service Designer) - I need to try this out! vCenter Orchestrator plugin enabled scripting of entities including Catalog, Approvals, Entitlements, Advanced Service Designer etc (I've wanted this for a while now) vCAC support for Windows Server 2012 SP1 R2 (.NET 4.5.1) But there's plenty more (see the Release Notes). … [Read more...]

vCO “Plugin” for NSX

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If you're starting to get your hands dirty with NSX and want to automate some operations using vCenter Orchestrator (vCO), there's now a plugin for it that's been released into the community by Christophe Decanini (who writes on the vCOTeam blog and works for VMware). It's not a traditional plugin for vCenter Orchestrator in the same way that there are plugins for vCenter / vCAC / Infoblox etc. Instead it's built on the Dynamic Types plugin that was launched with version 5.5 Update 1 of vCO. The goal of the plugin is to create the ability to offer NSX "as-a-service" operations as catalog items within vCAC. The creation and manipulation of security groups and policies along with the ability to associate VMs with these objects can all … [Read more...]

Installing SQUID on a Synology NAS

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I’m not going to go into exactly why (it’s a minor networking niggle following on from a change in broadband provider) but I wanted a simple HTTP proxy in my lab so that my lab VMs could get out on to the internet. Mostly for installing updates etc. Since my NAS is ideally placed in my network I thought that I’d use that. It’s only a short-term thing anyway. Now in order to get a proxy service on to the NAS, I needed to setup IPKG first. This allowed me to install and configure SQUID as follows: 1. Open an SSH session to the NAS 2. Download and install SQUID 3. Perform a couple of configuration commands 4. SQUID can now be started using /opt/etc/init.d/S80squid start Now there may be some additional changes you … [Read more...]