Written by Christopher Lewis on June 19, 2018 .

VMware have just released the latest version of their networking monitoring tool, VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.8. The cool new features include: vRealize Log Insight integration. Increased monitoring of AWS Availability Zones. Cisco ASA support. Check out the Release Notes

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Written by Christopher Lewis on June 19, 2018 .

If I get to go to VMworld in Barcelona this year it will be my 3rd time in 3 years (I think that makes me Alumni). It will also be the 2nd time that I have self funded my trip to the VMware annual conference. Who should be going to VMworld? If you work with VMware technologies and want to understand more about VMware’s different products from the experts and consultants who deliver the best and most complex environments, then it is the ideal place to get that knowledge.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on June 11, 2018 .

With the release of VMware vSphere 6.7, the feature parity between the legacy flex and HTML5 client is getting closer. In addition, with the release of VMware NSX-v 6.4.1 more VMware NSX-v features are also available in the HTML5 client (as seen below). Note: At one of the keynotes at VMworld 2017 Europe, Ray O’farrell committed to the HTML5 client would have FULL feature parity at the next MAJOR release.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on June 6, 2018 .

I’m extremely humbled to make the cut for this 2018 intake of the vExpert vSAN program. I’m in the company of some titans of the community! Congrats to everyone who made it! See the full announcement here. That’s 3 out of 3 sub-designations to the vExpert program! Now I just need to somehow keep them all!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on April 5, 2018 .

The following post is a part of my unofficial study guide for the VMware Specialist: vSAN 2017 Digital Badge. The full study guide can be found here. Objective 2.2 - Describe vSAN Requirements The requirements for VMware vSAN are split into multiple categories: Hardware Cluster Software Networking Licensing Hardware Requirements One of the most important requirements in VMware vSAN is that all hardware components (i.e. cache devices, capacity devices, drivers, and firmware versions) in VMware vSAN must be certified for VMware vSAN AND listed in the vSAN section of the VMware Compatibility Guide.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on March 26, 2018 .

Last week I had the pleasure to present to the guys at the London VMUG for the first time. Due to work and family commitments I only managed to get the presentation finished (literally) 1 minute before I took to the stage. The session went well and evoked a lot of discussion which was great. But as there was so much content and discussion we managed to finish 15 minutes late… ops!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on March 9, 2018 .

I am, again, extremely humbled to be awarded the vExpert accolade as part of the class of 2018 (3rd year in a row). It is an honour to be amongst such an awesome bunch of people constantly contributing to the VMware community. Well done everyone who applied and made it! If you applied and didn’t make it, keep working towards it #NeverGiveUp

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Written by Christopher Lewis on March 8, 2018 .

Today was a big day for VMware and VMware Cloud Services with their global Cloud Briefing. The briefing concentrated around their two mantra’s: Any Application, Any Cloud, Any Device and Consistent Infrastructure, Consistent Operations. Both of which resonate with what I am seeing customers are looking for. The Highlights During the briefing there were multiple announcements were made and demo’s given, including: VMware Cloud on AWS General Availability of VMware Cloud on AWS in **EU West (London) **- Frankfurt coming soon!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on January 22, 2018 .

I realise I am a little late to the party with 2017 reflection posts, but I am going to do one anyway. What an end to 2017! As those who follow me on twitter will know, I had an eventful Christmas this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there were a heck a lot of people who had worse Christmas for many different reasons. I got a rather ill very quickly the weekend before Christmas with both Pneumonia and Sepsis, my chest x-ray showed my lungs covered in snow, inflammation blood count was sky high and I spent 5 days in hospital being pumped full of multiple different antibiotics.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 12, 2017 .

This is the fourth in a series of posts covering the replacement of vRealize Automation SSL Certificates. In this post, we will tackle steps required to update the embedded vRealize Orchestrator certificate following the replacement of the vRealize Automation Appliance certificate. This post is based on the VMware procedure and this is documented within the VMware Documentation Site here. According to the VMware, the reason for completing this additional step is that if you replace or update vRealize Automation certificates without completing this procedure, the vRealize Orchestrator Control Center may become inaccessible, and errors may appear in the vco-server and vco-configurator log files.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017 .

This is the third in a series of posts covering the replacement of vRealize Automation SSL Certificates. In this post, we will tackle replacing the vRealize Automation IaaS Manager Service 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 IaaS Manager certificate.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017 .

This is the second post in a series of posts covering the replacement of vRealize Automation SSL Certificates. In this post, we will tackle replacing the vRealize Automation IaaS Web Server 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 IaaS Web certificate.

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