PRO TIP: Configuring MSDTC for VMware vRealize Automation

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... Continue Reading →

PRO TIP: Knowing when to install vRealize Automation 7.x IaaS Prerequisites manually

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... Continue Reading →

Troubleshooting a hanging Blueprint Issue

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... Continue Reading →

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