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

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 9, 2018 .

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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!

Written by Christopher Lewis on March 8, 2018 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on January 22, 2018 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on December 12, 2017 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017 .

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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:

Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on November 27, 2017 .

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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.x environment configured for cross-vCenter NSX.

Written by Christopher Lewis on November 20, 2017 .

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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.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 27, 2017 .

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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, 2017 .

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