VMware have just released VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 vRealize Automation 7.1 Release Notes Download VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 (MyVMware account required) Remember those change requests and Approvals when your doing an upgrade - and for your own sake, test the upgrade path in a representative environment first! :-)

Written by Christopher Lewis on August 23, 2016 .

VMware vRealize Automation

Just got confirmation that I’ve been selected to be included in the vExpert Class of 2016. I am truly humbled that my contribution to the wider VMware community has been recognised by my peers. I have only had the opportunity to share my thoughts, tips, tricks and experiences for the last 9 months but look forward to maintaining this for many years to come. In becoming recognised as a vExpert, I will be listed amongst some giants of the industry and community!

Written by Christopher Lewis on August 19, 2016 .

VMware vExpert

I thought I would share a quick script to create a vCenter User Role with all the appropriate permissions for use with vRealize Automation (6.x or 7.x). The script creates a new User Role within vCenter called vRealize Automation User. Note: if you don’t like the name you can change the $role property to anything you like. The script prompts for following information: vCenter Server FQDN the vCenter/SSO User with rights to create the role the vCenter/SSO User password the vRealize Automation Service account (that you want to assign to the permission) And then automagically creates the new vCenter role with the required privileges and assigns permissions to the vRealize Automation service account from the root of the vCenter Server and propagates down.

Written by Christopher Lewis on August 16, 2016 .

PowerCLI PowerShell

This is the final post in a series of post on automating the deployment of the Platform Services Controller (PSC). To be honest I didn’t expect these posts to turn into a series but as I like to share. The previous two articles in this series can be found here: HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI & JSON - Part 1 How to Automate the installation of the External Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI & JSON - Part 2 Within this final post, I will tackling the automated deployment of a two node PSC Cluster and will be sharing the script I use.

Written by Christopher Lewis on August 11, 2016 .

Platform Services Controller VMware vRealize vSphere

Over the last few months I have been designing and building a solution for vRealize Automation 6 for a customer. (I know, I know, its not the latest and greatest version with all the whiz-bang features of vRA7 - but the only solace I take is that the VCAP-CMA exams are currently based on vRA 6 - so hopefully it is good practice). You will have noticed that the last few posts I have created are concerning the VMware vSphere Platform Services Controller (PSC) and how to install it (and automate it).

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 29, 2016 .

VMware Platform Services Controller vRealize Automation vSphere

As a follow on to my previous article, HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Service Controller using PowerCLI & JSON - Part 1, I had a new customer requirement to deploy the Platform Service Controller as the identity solution for vRealize Automation 6.x, but this time directly onto a VMware vCenter Server rather than an VMware vSphere ESXi host. I can hear you all screaming at the article about vRealize Automation 7, how it is much cooler and has its own highly available vIDM - but this project started when vRA7 had only just come out and the customer didn’t want to take the risk.

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 25, 2016 .

Platform Services Controller PowerCLI PowerShell PSC VMware vSphere

As a follow on to my previous article on how to deploy HOWTO: Deploy the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform Services Controller, I thought I would share a way to automate the delivery of the vSphere Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI/Powershell. The main credit for this article goes to the information in the brilliant PowerCLI Reference 2nd Edition (see my review here) of which my colleague Jonathan Medd (www.jonathanmedd.net / @JonathanMedd) was a co-author.

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 3, 2016 .

Platform Services Controller PowerCLI PowerShell PSC VMware vSphere

The following instructions will help you deploy a standalone VMware vSphere Platform Service Controller. Instructions In the software installer directory, double-click vcsa-setup.html. Wait for the browser to detect the Client Integration Plug-in and allow the plug-in to run on the browser when prompted. On the Home page, click Install to start the vCenter Server Appliance deployment wizard. At the End User License Agreement screen, check the “I accept the terms of the license agreement checkbox”, and click Next.

Written by Christopher Lewis on May 23, 2016 .

Platform Services Controller PSC VMware vSphere

Being able to Power on a Virtual Machine is a PowerCLI 101 subject (right after the Connect-VIServer). Start-VM -VM "VM Name" -Server "vCenter/ESX Server Name" However, how about being able to choose what to do with a Virtual Machine based on its current Power Status? That is where (amongst other ways) the PowerShell Switch command comes in. Firstly we get the Virtual Machine Object using Get-VM into an object called (funnily enough) $VM.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 25, 2016 .

VMware PowerCLI

As part of my VMware home lab setup I wanted to be able to run a PowerCLI/PowerShell script to Power On/Off my hosts as required. The first objective was being able to power the hosts on using their IPMI interfaces. Thankfully the Microsoft PowerShell has something that does the job quite nicely called Physical Computer System View (PCSV) Device Cmdlets. Using Get-PcsvDevice Using the Get-PcsvDevice command interactively will require you to provide an IP Address/Hostname, a protocol (such as IPMI) and a set of credentials.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 25, 2016 .

Microsoft PowerShell Home Lab

This is Part 4 of a series on Monitoring Processes in Linux using VMware vRealize Operations Endpoint Operations Management (EPOPS). Creating the MultiProcess Object for a single Linux Machine Creating a MultiProcess Object for a Linux Machine (via Inventory Explorer) Creating Object Relationships Identifying the correct process.query string Firstly I would highly recommend the following steps are taken within a test/lab environment. Within my lab environment I had numerous instances of core CentOS7, so if you have a more feature rich installation of Linux some of the steps may not be necessary.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 21, 2016 .

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations

The main prerequisite information for installing the EPOPS agent is information required to populate the agent.properties file once installation is completed (but not started), this includes: IP or hostname of the vROps Server (agent.setup.serverIP) SSL Port to be used (default is 443) (agent.setup.serverSSLPort) Account used to register the agent in vROps (agent.setup.serverLogin) Password for the Registration Account (agent.setup.serverPword) The Certificate Thumbprint of the vROps Server (agent.setup.serverCertificateThumbprint) (optional) Agent Listen Port (default is 2144) if you are deploying VMware vRealize Hyperic as well (agent.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 21, 2016 .

Endpoint Operations Management EPOPS Linux VMware vRealize Operations