Written by Christopher Lewis on October 28, 2019 .

VMworld 2019 - The Series See links below for the posts within the VMworld 2019 blog series: VMworld 2019 - Time to Make Your Mark VMworld 2019 - Make Your Mark - Cloud Management Edition VMworld 2019 - Make Your Mark - NSX Edition VMworld 2019 - Make Your Mark - VSAN Edition VMworld 2019 - Day 1 VMworld 2019 - Day 2 VMworld 2019 - Day 3 VMworld 2019 - VMworld Fest VMworld 2019 - Day 4 Be sure to check back regularly to see the posts as they appear!

VMworld 2019

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 24, 2019 .

Make Your Mark It is that time again! VMworld 2019 in Barcelona is just around the corner and this year it is all about being ready to #MakeYourMark. This year will be my fourth year attending the EMEA based conference and it will also be my first whilst working at VMware. This year I will be working as a Proctor in the uber coolness that is the on-site VMware Hands on Lab.

VMworld 2019

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 14, 2019 .

Goodbye Wordpress and Hello! Hugo I have been using Wordpress ever since I started my blog in 2016 and whilst it was a great platform to start blogging with, after 3 years I wanted something more from my blog. Reasons for Change My reasons for changing my blog was: Speed - The blog was incredibly slow to load and was not giving the sort of performance I wanted.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on July 24, 2019 .

TL:DR - Achievements/Goals are like buses it seems There have been a few Achievements / Goals Unlocked in the last few months. So rather than multiple individual posts I thought I would capture them here: Learn more about vRealize Operations Manager. Speak at a Tech Conference. Obtain vExpert Cloud Management designation. Retain vExpert NSX designation. Pass the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC Management 2019 Exam.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on July 19, 2019 .

The VMware vExpert Cloud Management 2019 announcement has been released, and I am truly humbled to be recognised for community contributions in the cloud management space. I can’t wait to see what cool stuff this new sub-designation brings to the #vCommunity!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on June 14, 2019 .

Out of the blue this week, I had a query from a colleague about being able to update the vCenter License key programmatically via PowerShell/PowerCLI. This is something I have done before so luckily I had a script.

PowerCLI PowerShell Licensing

Written by Christopher Lewis on May 3, 2019 .

Introduction In this really short blog post we’re going to be showing the step by step process of upgrading your existing deploy of VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) to the latest version (which at the time of writing is v2.1). Why upgrade to vRSLCM 2.1? You can now manage the lifecycle of a VMware Identity Manager provider (i.e. change the vIDM configuration settings!). You can now remove single components/applications from a deployment without having to delete the whole deployment.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on April 7, 2019 .

This is the sixth post in a series of posts covering the replacement of vRealize Automation SSL Certificates. In this post, we will tackle the replacement of the vRealize Automation Appliance VAMI Site Certificate. This post is based on the VMware procedure and this is documented here. Prerequisites The following are expected prerequisites for this walkthrough: A fully deployed and working vRealize Automation solution. A set of certificate files: The RSA Private Key used to encrypt the vRA Appliance certificate.

Certificates

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 22, 2019 .

It has been nearly 20 years since I was last in Bristol, but on Wednesday 20th March I attended and presented at the UK ’s South West VMUG to a small but engaging crowd of IT professionals with a shared interest in VMware products. Who are the UK South West VMUG? The South West VMUG (@swukvmug) may not be the biggest VMware User Group in the UK (with about 20-30 people), but the calibre of the leadership team (Barry Coombs, Megan Warren, Simon Eady and Jeremy Bowman) meant the day was always going to be a success for its attendees.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 28, 2019 .

Introduction I truly believe there is a not-so-exact science behind taking exams. In this post I’m going to share with you the tips and strategies I use to ensure maximum success when taking multiple-choice exams. Note: This post is NOT about minimising study effort, it is about maximising effectiveness on the day of the exam. Every good (400+) score I have achieved has a foundation of hard work and sacrifice attached to it.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 26, 2019 .

TL;DR Yesterday morning (Monday 25th) I took the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) 6.5 - Data Center Virtualization (DCV) Design Exam (3V0-624) at my local approved Pearson Vue Exam Centre. I’m disappointed with the score but I managed a pass. What this pass does mean, is that I also get the shiny new VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCIX-DCV) digital badge! Exam Preparation I have been putting this exam off for the last 12 months due to various reasons.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 7, 2019 .

#WreckingCrewReunited Today I was lucky enough to be able to present to a capacity crowd at the North East VMUG. There was an #EPIC line up that included the #WreckingCrewReunited Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman and Rawlinson Rivera #NoPressure. Presenting other community sessions along with me were Gareth Edwards (on Terraform) and Jorge del la Cruz (on Monitoring vSphere with opensource tools). We also heard from Kev Johnson around upgrading to vSphere 6.

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