I tend to rebuild my vRealize Automation (vRA) labs ALOT. I am currently lucky and have two environments, my vRA 8 homelab and my vRA Cloud org. I wanted a way to provide a consistent configuration to both environments. I had two options open in front of me: Use native REST API Use the Terraform Provider for vRA 8/Cloud As vRA 8 / Cloud is an API first platform, I could have definitely used the native API to complete the configuration I am looking to do.
Written by Christopher Lewis on April 8, 2020 .
Reflecting on 2019… Where to start this post? For those who follow me on Twitter or on my blog, I would like to say Thank You for being part of the continuing journey in 2019! This year has actually been a little quiet for me. Personal It has been a pretty quiet year for me this year, thankfully! The biggest things for me are Son 1.0 (4) started primary school and Son 2.
Written by Christopher Lewis on December 31, 2019 .
Purpose One of the recurring themes I hear when talking to people in the community but also when talking to customers there is a perception that vRealize Automation 8.0 does not have an Anything as a Service (XaaS) capability. This is not true and hopefully the following article will paint a clearer picture of what vRealize Automation 8.0 can actually do in this space. Background What is vRealize Automation 8.
Written by Christopher Lewis on December 12, 2019 .
Introduction In this post we’ll be looking at how we can deploy vRealize Automation 8.0 using the new Easy Installer that ships with the product. I’ll be concentrating on the UI version of the installation as that is what most people who are new to the product will use. The process below mirrors that of the vRealize Automation 8 Installation Guide on the VMware Documentation site. Before using this guide, be sure to check there for the latest information on the installation process.
Written by Christopher Lewis on December 4, 2019 .
Make Your Mark - Cloud Management Edition What Sessions Should I Go To So you’re interested in Cloud Management** content at VMworld 2019**? Well look no further… here is @thecloudxpert guide to the sessions you should be aiming to get into! They range from Level 100 - Level 400 to give you a well rounded experience. Roadmap Session Deep Dive into VMware Cloud Management: Current State and Roadmap [HBO3088BE] with Purnima Padmanabhan (VMWare) and Pontus Pettersson (VMware).
Written by Christopher Lewis on November 1, 2019 .
VMworld 2019 Europe - The Series VMworld 2019 Blogs VMworld 2019 - Time to Make Your Mark VMworld 2019 - Make Your Mark - Cloud Management Edition VMworld 2019 - Key Announcements VMworld 2019 - Recap Be sure to check back regularly to see if the posts appear as I get the time to complete them!
Written by Christopher Lewis on October 28, 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.
Written by Christopher Lewis on October 24, 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. Offline Blogging - I always found WordPress easy to use but I disliked the new interface and found it difficult to be able to write blogs offline.
Written by Christopher Lewis on October 14, 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. Pass the vRealize Operations 7.
Written by Christopher Lewis on July 24, 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!
Written by Christopher Lewis on July 19, 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.
Written by Christopher Lewis on May 3, 2019 .
- Configuring Multi-Org Tenancy in vRA 8.1 - Part 8: Integrating the Embedded Orchestrator
- Configuring Multi-Org Tenancy in vRA 8.1 - Part 7: Understanding vRealize Orchestrator Options
- Configuring Multi-Org Tenancy in vRA 8.1 - Part 6: Configuring Tenant Administrators
- Configuring Multi-Org Tenancy in vRA 8.1 - Part 5: Configuring Directories
- VMworld 2020: My Top 4 Sessions - The Best of the Rest