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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 1, 2019

Make Your Mark - Cloud Management Edition What Sessions Should I Go To So you’re interested in Cloud Management content at VMworld 2019? Well look no further… here is @thecloudxpert guide to the sessions you should be aiming to get into! They range from Level 100 - Level 400 to give you a well rounded experience. Roadmap Session Deep Dive into VMware Cloud Management: Current State and Roadmap [HBO3088BE] with Purnima Padmanabhan (VMWare) and Pontus Pettersson (VMware).

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 12, 2017

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.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017

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.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017

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.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017

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:

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2017

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.

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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 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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