Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017 .

In this series of posts we will walk through the process of upgrading all of the vRealize Automation Certificates. We’ll be moving from self-signed certificates that were deployed during the installation, to certificates that have been provided by an Enterprise Certificate Authority (CA). It is worth noting that the same process can be used to replace expiring SSL certificates as well. Amongst other reasons, the purpose of doing this is to update the certificates so that communications between components is secured via a CA and for the following sites within the vRealize Automation deployment to be secured and trusted:

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017 .

This is the first in a series of posts covering the replacement of vRealize Automation SSL Certificates. For the purpose of these posts, I have deployed vRealize Automation 7.3 environment with self signed certificates. This means that when you navigate to https://vra7.fqdn/vcac, the site is not secure nor trusted. Therefore, you will be presented with something like the following in your browser (I mostly use Chrome): We’re looking to achieve the following in the browser URL bar after the certificate has been replaced.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 27, 2017 .

Skills and Abilities Objective 4.1 - Configure and Manage Logical Firewall Services Configure Edge and Distributed Firewall rules according to a deployment plan: Create/configure Firewall rule sections for specific departments Create/configure Identity-based firewall (IDFW) for specific users/groups Configure SpoofGuard policies to enhance security Filter firewall rules to narrow a scope Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: * A working VMware vSphere 6.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 20, 2017 .

Skills and Abilities Objective 6.3 - Configure and Manage Universal Logical Security Objects Configure Universal MAC Sets Configure Universal IP Sets Configure Universal Security Groups Configure Universal Services and Service Groups Configure Universal Firewall Rules Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: A working VMware vSphere 6.x environment with 2 vCenter Servers and 2 Platform Services linked in ELM. A working VMware NSX 6.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 27, 2017 .

The VMware vExpert Cloud 2017 announcement has been released, and I am humbled to be recognised for community contributions in the VMware Cloud space. See the full vExpert announcement here.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 17, 2017 .

Just a short one for this post. Read all about my views on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMConAWS) in this new article here. TL:DR Version VMConAWS is an #awesome joint proposition from VMware and AWS but like with most Public Cloud Platforms/Services, it isn’t without its barriers to adoption. However, we have to remember that the service is in initial availability so therefore it is expected that the service may have some limitations and options that are not available right now.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 13, 2017 .

Skills and Abilities Objective 6.2 - Configure and Manage Universal Logical Network Objects Create/configure Universal Logical Switches Create/configure Universal Distributed Logical Routers Configure local egress Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: A working VMware vSphere 6.x environment. A working VMware NSX 6.x environment configured for Cross-vCenter NSX Objective Breakdown Create Universal Logical Switches This is essentially the same as the creation of NSX Logical Switches (which is covered in Objective 2.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 12, 2017 .

Skills and Abilities Objective 6.1 - Configure Cross vCenter VMware NSX infrastructure components Configure NSX manager roles (Primary, Secondary, Standalone, Transit) according to a deployment plan: Assign Primary role to specified NSX Manager Assign Secondary role to specified NSX Manager(s) Deploy/Configure Universal Controller Cluster Configure Universal segment ID pools Create/Manage Universal transport zones Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective: A working VMware vSphere 6.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 9, 2017 .

The following post is a part of my unofficial study guide for the VMware Specialist: vSAN Digital Badge. The full study guide can be found here. Objective 2.1 - Provide a high-level description of vSAN VMware vSANā„¢ aggregates local or direct-attached data storage devices to create a single storage pool shared across all hosts in the vSAN cluster. vSAN eliminates the need for external shared storage, and simplifies storage configuration and virtual machine provisioning.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 4, 2017 .

In my constant strive to learn new technologies I have decided to create an unofficial study guide containing my notes for the VMware Specialist: vSAN Digital Badge exam. The Study Guide can be found here.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on September 25, 2017 .

I have worked in “the industry” for the last 17+ years, so picking up new technologies and learning as much as I can (or at least as much I need to know to be dangerous) has become second nature to me. If I was just starting out in IT today, I’m not sure where I would start. I know when I started back in the day with software packaging with WISE Package Studio, Networking was a dark art.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on September 18, 2017 .

Wednesday night is PARTY night at VMworld Barcelona and who better to party with than friends, fellow #vExperts and the Kaiser Chiefs! Here is a selection of photo’s from the party. The Kaiser Chiefs were a lot better than expected!

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