Howto: Creating a CA template for VMware services

Having setup my lab's PKI infrastructure previously, one of the next steps I needed to complete was to create a template for certificates for VMware's products to use as they require certain properties to be present in the certificates used. There is a KB article that covers this but I wanted to run through it and use some of the specifics for my lab. Template for VMware SSL Certificates This template will provide certificates for ESXi hosts, vCenter, vRA, vRO etc. To create it, we first need the Certificate Templates Console. This can be opened by running certtmpl.msc. Per the KB article, I duplicated the "Web Server" template as a starting point. My first task was to give the template a new name and set the validity to 4 years: On … [Read more...]

vRealize Automation 6.2 is GA

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your downloads! vRealize Automation 6.2 (formerly known as vCloud Automation Center) has gone GA today. Beside the usual raft of fixes, the major focus for this release is the integration with vRealize Operations 6.0 (formerly known as vCenter Operations Manager). Download VMware vRealize Automation 6.2 Also updated to download are: vRealize Business (formerly ITBM) vRealize Operations Insight (a combination of vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight) vRealize Operations (formerly vCenter Operations Manager) And finally, all new and shiny is vRealize Code Stream. This, I am really looking forward to as it's aimed at providing continuous delivery of software releases. And that could … [Read more...]

Thank you VMworld… see you next year?

As always, the highlight of any VMworld for me is the interaction with other attendees. Meeting new people, discussing technology and ideas with old friends and new is what makes it great for me. Also great was that over €143,000 will be donated to charities by VMware as a result of people participating in vGiveback. Once again, the VMware events team have done a great job and I thank them. VMworld 2015 Dates VMworld US 2015 starts on August 30th (Partner Day) in San Francisco and runs until September 3rd. VMworld Europe 2015 starts on October 12th (Partner Day) in Barcelona and runs until October 15th. See you next year? A lot can happen in the 9 months or so until booking for 2015 really gets going. I hope to be … [Read more...]

vRealize Automation v6.2 Announced

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So, vCAC 6.1 was finally announced at VMworld US in August and went GA in early September. Included in that release were some much needed bug fixes and enhancements in a number of key areas: New consumer API Improved partner support with vCO Enhanced integrations with vCloud Suite (specifically ITBM) NSX integration Enhanced Puppet integration Localised Consumer Interface in 12 languages (but crucially not British English!) Bulk import tool User interface configuration Enhanced HA deployment Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have announced that vRealize Automation 6.2 is coming (hopefully in Q4 this year). Besides the obvious name change of the product, this version, coming hot on the heels of 6.1, is intended as a … [Read more...]

vRealize Operations 6.0 Announced

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Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have officially unveiled vRealize Operations 6.0. This rebranding of the vCenter Operations Management Suite not only re-positions the product but it also introduces some much needed enhancements and features. Key amongst those are: New Deployment Model vCOps instances were not very scalable in the past. Once you reached a certain level, you'd be forced to deploy another one i.e. another "Analytics VM" and another "UI VM". Scaling was achieved purely through the manipulation of hardware resources for the VMs. With vRealize Ops 6.0, the analytics and UI components are combined in a single appliance (or apparently a Linux / Windows installer) that can easily be scaled by introduced another instance … [Read more...]

vCloud Director not reporting CPU Utilization

I came across a customer site recently where their vCloud Director (vCD) 5.1 implementation was not reporting CPU utilization for Organisation Virtual Datacenters (Org VDCs). RAM and storage allocation was fine, just CPU was not showing a usage bar, and the mouse over tip reported 0% allocated. Turns out this is a known issue with vCloud Director 5.1, and VMware have released KB 2054043 relating to this issue. Their advice (via the KB) is to: Upgrade vCloud Director to version 5.1.2 or later. Enable Elastic Allocation Pool mode for vCloud Director. To do this: Login to vCD as a System Administrator user. Navigate to Home > Administration > General. Unter the Miscellaneous section, check the box next to 'Make … [Read more...]

vCAC 5.2.1 Released

I missed this on Thursday. It slipped out quite quietly. However, VMware have now released version 5.2.1 of vCloud Automation Center. Possibly the best way to view this release is as an update-rollup as it includes features and fixes introduced in each of the following Hotfixes to 5.2: Hotfix 1 Hotfix 2 Hotfix 3 Hotfix 4 Hotfix 5 Hotfix 6 Also included are a few changes that seem to me to be aimed at closing a few gaps between 5.2 and 6.0. As far as upgrades go, the upgrade path seems to be from 5.2 only or 5.2.1 can be installed from scratch. There are a couple of installation / upgrade gotchas to be aware of so it's worth reading the release notes before planning an upgrade. I'll be giving it a try in the next few … [Read more...]

vCHS in the UK

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I was fortunate and privileged recently to be invited to the UK launch event for VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK. The first of many planned deployments in the EMEA region for VMware. VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service became public in the US in September last year.  Swiftly afterwards, VMware announced their plans to bring the service to EMEA in 2014 and, as of Tuesday 25th February, it is generally available in Europe. Besides being a blogger, I'm also fortunate to work for a leading VMware Partner in EMEA (Xtravirt). As we're one of the few Hybrid Cloud certified partners (at the time of writing), I'm hoping to be working on some vCHS projects in the near future. Exciting! Why the UK and Why now? The feedback from EMEA … [Read more...]

vCAC 5.2 – Accidental Deletion of a non-vCAC VM

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It was tempting to call this article "vCAC Ate My VM" but it's not a useful description of what it's actually about. I was onsite with a customer recently when an odd bit of behaviour occurred whilst testing some out some code in the BuildingMachine stub. I've reproduced what happened in my home lab and while it's a bit worrying and probably a bug, I'd hesitate to ring the alarm bells too loudly. A bit of scene setting is required to explain this first. The customer wanted to use user specified machine names. The blueprints in use have been configured to request a machine name from the person requesting a VM. This name is also used for the VM's guest OS hostname during the customization of the VM. Understandably this has to be … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Attend South West UK VMUG

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As many people will be aware, there are many reasons to go to local VMUG meetings. Many people may not be aware that there is a new VMware User Group being started in the South West. Based in Bristol, the South West UK VMUG aims to bring the best of virtualization, technology, chat, networking opportunities and general cool stuff to the whole of the bottom left side of the UK. We aim to hold 3 free events in the city each year, with the first scheduled for 18th February 2014. But why come along? Amongst many others, here are the top 5 reasons for coming to the South West UK VMUG meeting: 1. Rockstar Speakers We are super lucky to be kicking off our meetings with a keynote speech by Joe Baguley, Chief Technology Officer of EMEA for … [Read more...]