#vRockstar For me, this event marks the official #vCommunity start of “VMworld week” in Barcelona. This was my third year at the pre-VMworld party, vRockstar. As usual, the event was oversubscribed and sold out in record time weeks in advance. With another change in location this year, the event was held at the Obama English Pub/Grill (https://obamabcn.com/). The venue was nice albeit a little smaller than the previous venues, the staff were nice and the food was awesome (once it had arrived).

Written by Christopher Lewis on November 7, 2018 .

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This year I was lucky enough to be given a #vExpert blogger pass to the VMworld 2018 Europe event in Barcelona. This will be my third year in a row! #AchievementUnlocked #vExpert #Blogger #VMworld2018 pic.twitter.com/4ry8Mog0yj — Christopher Lewis (@thecloudxpert) November 5, 2018 Posts Here is a list of all my planned posts of the event: vRetreat - Cohesity vRockstar VMware {Code} Hackathon (Team #PowerVKE)) Keep checking back for this and more content!

Written by Christopher Lewis on November 7, 2018 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 17, 2018 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 8, 2018 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 7, 2018 .

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The Session Builder for the VMworld Europe 2018 content catalog is now live! So if you’re going to be in Barcelona in November, you best head on over to the VMworld Scheduler site and get your sessions booked in before the spaces run out! My VMworld Focus Areas Personally, I will try to limit my focus to three main themes this year because there really isn’t enough time in the 3-4 days:

Written by Christopher Lewis on September 25, 2018 .

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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

Written by Christopher Lewis on June 19, 2018 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on June 19, 2018 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on June 11, 2018 .

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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!

Written by Christopher Lewis on June 6, 2018 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 5, 2018 .

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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!

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 26, 2018 .

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