Category : vRealize Suite

Written by Christopher Lewis on May 3, 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 February 7, 2019 .

#WreckingCrewReunited Today I was lucky enough to be able to present to a capacity crowd at the North East VMUG. There was an #EPIC line up that included the #WreckingCrewReunited Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman and Rawlinson Rivera #NoPressure. Presenting other community sessions along with me were Gareth Edwards (on Terraform) and Jorge del la Cruz (on Monitoring vSphere with opensource tools). We also heard from Kev Johnson around upgrading to vSphere 6.


Written by Christopher Lewis on October 8, 2018 .

Introduction I have been working on deploying VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) 1.2 for a customer into their environment. One of the customer requirements was to be able to use SSO and RBAC with vRSLCM. The only way to this in vRSLCM is to VMware Identity Manager (VIDM). Whilst this process is semi-automated, it hasn’t been as easy as it should have been. Following on from my initial article (VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager – The tale of SSO and RBAC) I came up against another issue that I thought was worth sharing.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 7, 2018 .

Introduction Recently I was asked to deliver a solution for VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) 1.2 for a customer to support their requirement for content management between VMware vRealize Automation 7.3.1 environments. The reason we decided to use vRSLCM rather than VMware vRealize CodeStream Management Pack for IT DevOps (AKA Houdini) was we wanted to future proof the solution. If you didn’t know, from VMware vRealize Automation 7.4 onward, the Houdini functionality has been deprecated and is not supported.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on July 21, 2017 .

Today marks another “milestone” in my personal certification journey. Following the successful completion of the VCAP6-CMA Deploy exam (post), I can now call myself a VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 - Cloud Management and Automation. Note: I’m still waiting for VMware Cert Manager and Acclaim to catch up!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on July 21, 2017 .

Today marks the end of another certification journey. After taking the exam Wednesday afternoon, I received notification this morning that I passed the 3V0-633 VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 - Cloud Management and Automation - Deploy Exam. Note: I am still waiting for Cert Manager to be updated but that should happen in the next 24hrs! It has been a long and trying road getting this exam in the bag, and I have blogged about my experiences:

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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 July 15, 2017 .

One of the many prerequisites of the VMware vRealize Automation Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) components (including Microsoft SQL Server) is the installation and configuration of Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC). Not installing and configuring MS DTC correctly can be the the bane of someone trying to install VMware vRealize Automation. ProTip 1 - Uninstall MS DTC via PowerShell MS DTC seems to be installed by default in Windows, but if you have cloned (without Sysprep) the Windows image, then MS DTC will need to be removed (and re-installed).

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Written by Christopher Lewis on July 15, 2017 .

VMware vRealize Log Insight is not only available as a standalone product. The deployment of vRealize Log Insight can be completed in a few easy steps: Deploying the vRealize Log Insight Appliance Configuring the first vRealize Log Insight Appliance (optional) Configuring additional vRealize Log Insight Appliance(s) Configuring vSphere Integration Deploying the vRealize Log Insight Appliance Navigate to the VMware vCenter Server Web Client (https://vcenter.fqdn/vsphere-client/) and log in using appropriate credentials.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on July 10, 2017 .

Anyone and everyone should know by now that vRealize Automation 7.3 came out within the last month. My lab was due for a refresh so I scraped the vRA7.2 lab I had previously created and started a fresh with vRA7.3. The installation is as smooth as it has been since its release (in a good way)! Health Service Once configured, the first thing that hit me was the new Health option under the Administration menu.


Written by Christopher Lewis on June 1, 2017 .

VMware vRealize Automation 7.x introduced a #awesome Installation Wizard. This was a #QuantumLeap forward from the vRA6 installation mechanism that can be best described as laborious. The Installation/Configuration Wizard guides you through all of the stages of the installation and can even install all of the IaaS prerequisites for you. In my experience from vRA6, getting the prerequisites correct, was the place where most pain was caused. This was the reason @vBrianGraf created some powershell scripts to handle it.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on May 26, 2017 .

Intro I was drafted into a customer today to try and work out why, amongst other small niggles, their Windows Virtual Machines had suddenly started to hang during provisioning. The deployments were from a relatively standard IaaS Blueprint that was created 6 months ago. I thought I would share my thought process/steps (right or wrong) to solving the issue and also tell you what happened. I’m not really a “check the logs” kind of guy (unless its uber complicated).

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