vRealize Automation – Linux username/SSH key provision during request
Sep21

vRealize Automation – Linux username/SSH key provision during request

I wanted to share this super simple Software Component in vRealize Automation that I came up with in order to better streamline Linux deployments to end-users/developers. My vRA Linux blueprints/templates all have an administrator username and SSH key setup, but require additional users be created or scripted with automation outside of vRA.  Not a huge deal, but if you want a truly hands-off solution all within vRA then you...

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Need to document your environment?  Check out “As Built Report”
Sep12

Need to document your environment? Check out “As Built Report”

Documentation – ew, yuck.  I know, I know.  However, if you work in an environment with tight change control and validation requirements then this will strike your fancy. For the longest time I’ve combined bits and pieces of various scripts and utilities such as RVTools, Alan Renouf’s vCheck Report, some aspects of vDocumentation (thanks to Ariel Sanchez’s Philly VMUG session on the topic), along with some...

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vSphere HTML5 Web Client New (Fling) Feature – Code Capture!
Sep02

vSphere HTML5 Web Client New (Fling) Feature – Code Capture!

Hey all – I wanted to share one of the cooler debuts recently which is the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Code Capture feature. If you’re like me and and are trying to automate functionality or processes that you might ordinarily perform within the HTML5 client but by using the CLI/API, VMware has you covered!  They’ve added an awesome new Fling that creates a “record” button within the HTML5 client and allows...

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vThinking Aloud: Publish Content Library to S3 for Cross-Region/Cross-Account Replication
Jul25

vThinking Aloud: Publish Content Library to S3 for Cross-Region/Cross-Account Replication

What if you could publish your Content Library directly to AWS S3 and then Cross-Region Replicate it for better availability? Come read my thoughts on the topic!

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Open VM Tools 10.2.0-3 vSphere Guest Customization Issues
Jul25

Open VM Tools 10.2.0-3 vSphere Guest Customization Issues

Hey all – I recently went to deploy a solution involving a few Ubuntu 16.04 LTS VMs in my lab to eventually put on AWS.  There are some issues I’ve been having with deploying (updated) Ubuntu 16.04 LTS templates to my vSphere 6.7 cluster (though this seems to not work in 6.5 as well). I have a number of templates in my labs (and in production, having the same issue).  One thing I try to do is keep templates up to date so I...

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