Category : Certification

Written by Christopher Lewis on July 18, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 5.3 - Create/Modify/Execute a vRealize Orchestrator Workflow Create/modify/troubleshoot actions Create/modify/execute vRO workflows Install/launch/use the vRO client Configure variable binding in a vRO workflow Perform logging from a vRO workflow Add schema elements to a vRO workflow Run workflow(s) in the vRO HTTP-REST plug-in to invoke a REST operation Modify a workflow to display a non-default icon Create a configuration element Modify a workflow to use to a configuration element Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

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Written by Christopher Lewis on June 1, 2017

Today I sat the VMware Certified Professional 7 - Cloud Management and Automation exam and I’m glad to say I passed! About the VCP7-CMA exam The VCP7-CMA Exam is 85 questions in 110 minutes with a passing score of 300 / 500. For more information seee the exam page. My take on the exam In my view, the exam was a fair reflection of the content on the Exam Blueprint and a vast improvement on the VCP6-Cloud exam I took 18 months ago.

VCP7 VCP7-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 20, 2017

It was not an unsurprising email I got last week from VMware certification services confirming what I expected but sincerely hoped wouldn’t happen. I had narrowly failed at my first attempt at the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam (see my original post here). As I had complained/registered with the exam center after the exam, they raised a case with Pearson Vue for me. I took to twitter to vent my frustration at PearsonVue and with VMware Education about the quality of the exam (hardly a “world class service” that I’m now expected to pay more money for!

VCAP6-CMA VCIX6 vRealize Automation

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 15, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 8.2 - Configure vRealize Business Standard Costing and Reporting Knowledge: Configure cost drivers according to a deployment plan: Assign cost for operating system licensing Edit cost for server hardware, storage, and network Create a monthly cost for facilities and maintenance Configure CPU and memory utilization costs Configure Consumption Analysis: Edit consumer hierarchy Edit price value according to a deployment plan Edit/Import budget to estimate your cost Generate vRealize Business vCenter Server report Generate a vRealize Automation Report Select and export the appropriate report Filter and Search for specific reports based on customer requirements IMPORTANT NOTE: The steps in this guide utilise vRealize Business for Cloud.

VMware VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 13, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 7.1 - Deploy and Manage a vRealize Application Services Appliance Knowledge: Assign a user the necessary permissions to gain access to Application Services. Install and set up the Application Services virtual appliance. Configure Application Services to use a proxy. Register a cloud provider with Application Services. Map a Cloud Template to a Logical Template. Map Application Services to a vRA reservation policy Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Application Services VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 12, 2017

This post is a part of a series of posts for preparation for the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam. For the full exam prep resources check here. In this post we are covering the deployment of vRealize Application Services. Prerequisite Steps A fully deployed vRealize Automation implementation. Overview Deploy VMware vRealize Application Services Appliance. Configure VMware vRealize Application Services. Navigate to the Application Services Portal Step by Step Instructions Note: For anyone who has deployed an OVF/OVA before (such as the vRealize Automation Identity Appliance or the vRealize Automation Appliance) the steps will look very familiar!

VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Application Services VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 12, 2017

This post is a part of a series of posts for preparation for the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam. For the full exam prep resources check here. In this post we are covering the deployment of vRealize Business for Cloud. Prerequisite Steps A fully deployed vRealize Automation implementation. Overview Deploy VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Appliance. Configure integration with vRealize Automation. Step by Step Instructions Note: For anyone who has deployed an OVF/OVA before (such as the vRealize Automation Identity Appliance or the vRealize Automation Appliance) the steps will look very familiar!

Certification VCAP6-CMA VCIX6 VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Business

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 6, 2017

Today marks the end of a journey to obtain my VCP6-NV and obtain the tri-fecta of SDDC VCPs (i.e. VCP6-DCV, VCP6-CMA and VCP6-NV). I originally took the remote VMware NSX 6 ICM Course in December 2015 (run by the #awesome @JensSoeldner). The course was hard going not only because it was in GMT+1 time zone but also (and mainly) because networking has always been a dark art. Jens actually managed to make it interesting!

VMware NSX-V VCP6 VCP6-NV

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 13, 2017

This morning I “sat” the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam. As you may have noticed I have been posting a lot of study materials recently on this. (see here for my Study Resources). I turned up 10 minutes early like a good candidate, after being booked in and led into the exam room, the adjudicator attempted to log me in. That’s when the first problem hit. We were prompted with an unexplained error message that took ~1 hour to sort and it seems it was a problem between the PearsonVue software and my VMware Education account (something about not having the right entitlement).

VCAP6-CMA VCIX6 vRealize Automation

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 11, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 8.1 - Deploy and Manage a vRealize Business Standard Appliance Deploy vRealize Business Standard appliance Integrate vRealize Business Standard with vRealize Automation: Add vRealize Automation Hostname Configure SSO Default Tenant Configure SSO Admin User Configure SSO Admin Password Set Time Sync Mode Create a Tenant in vRealize Automation that leverages vRealize Business Standard: Specify an Identity Source Specify a tenant admin Assign vRealize Business roles: Business Management Administrator Business Management Read only Business Management Controller Add one or more virtual environments to vRealize Business Standard Add one or more vCenter Server instances to vRealize Business Standard Update the Reference Database Information in this post uses vRealize Business for Cloud (7.

VMware vRealize Automation vRealize Business VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 11, 2017

Objective Overview Objective 3.1 - Configure and Manage NSX Integration with vRealize Automation Implement machine blueprints that use: External network profiles Routed network profiles NAT network profiles Private network profiles Deploy applications using a pre-configured networking model Deploy applications using a fully automated networking model Configure static and dynamic routing Deploy an application that uses an automatically provisioned load balancer Apply a security policy to elements of a multi-machine blueprint Automate the application of a security policy to new machines provisioned from a blueprint Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

vRealize Automation VCAP6 VCAP6-CMA NSX-V

Written by Christopher Lewis on February 11, 2017

NOTE: I’M IGNORING THE BLUEPRINT HERE AS THE CRITERIA DOESN’T MATCH THE OBJECTIVE. Objective Overview Objective 4.4 - Import existing workloads Set Global Properties according to a deployment plan Locate log files for the appropriate user Generate a log support bundle for all vRealize Automation components View and export log data for further analysis Configure database log file rollover Objective Prerequisites The following prerequisites are assumed for this Objective:

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