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  • Deploy and configure VMware NSX in 23 minutes

    Published May 26, 2016 by -- 3 Comments

    VMware NSX is completely software based. This means it’s flexible as heck and you can have a lot of instances running concurrently. It also means you can go crazy with your network topology designs and amount of tinkering you can do with your virtual network. I am someone who loves to tinker. Sometimes a bit too much. A consequence of t ...

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  • vRA custom host name using Orchestrator and Event Broker

    Published May 25, 2016 by -- No Comments

    This week we have a contribution from a guest writer, Dimitri de Swart, who is a CMP Specialist SE at VMware Benelux. Dimitri shows you how to create a custom host name using Orchestrator and Event Broker when deploying a virtual machine using vRealize Automation. Custom host name use case In a recent POC the custome ...

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  • PowerShell Friday: Using the Cisco ACI API

    Published May 20, 2016 by -- No Comments

    One of the great things of all network virtualization solutions, is that they can be automated using some form of API that they publish. Cisco ACI is no different and offers a RESTful API which you can consume to do stuff on the network. Well, it’s a ‘sort-of’ RESTful API, as the ...

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  • Bye bye, VMware vSphere C# client

    Published May 18, 2016 by -- No Comments

    VMware has announced that the vSphere C# client will no longer be available with the next release of vSphere. It should not come as a big surprise as VMware has been preparing for this for a long time. VMware has been transiting away from the C# client for the last several releases. In recent updates made to vSphere 6.0 VMware has moved ...

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  • Resetting the root & admin password of VMware Identity Manager

    Published May 18, 2016 by -- No Comments

    The VMware Identity Manager (previously known as Workspace Portal) is a virtual appliance with Linux on it. When you install it, you configure a root and admin password for access to the administration interface. You need this password for appliance maintenance, upgrades, etc. As with keys, it is possible to loose this password and being ...

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  • Linux Desktops with Horizon

    Published May 14, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Since version 6 Horizon has the possibility to use Linux desktops for VDI. There are other ways to access your Linux, like VNC,NX, X-terminals, or even SSH if you only need a text based session. By using Horizon to deliver your Linux desktop you get the option to amp up your Linux virtual desktop with graphical power with GRID cards, unif ...

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  • Three Dimensions of Storage Sizing & Design – Part 1: Overview

    Published May 10, 2016 by -- No Comments

    Why do we build ICT infrastructures? What is the most important part in those infrastructures? It is Data! With the di ...

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  • A low budget SMB environment – Part 3: Configure and Run

    Published April 30, 2016 by -- No Comments

    This is the final part of the series on a low budget SMB or lab environment with VMware and vendor support. In this part we will configure our hosts, connect them to the storage, deploy vCenter and deploy our fi ...

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  • Introducing vmwareapis.com: a Hosted Project Platypus

    Published April 25, 2016 by -- No Comments

    APIs are everywhere these days. As a VMware engineer with a broad range of products to support, APIs are ways to speed things up dramatically. Instead of clicking yourself silly, things can be done without seconds. Finding the documentation for all the different APIs can be challenging though, as there’s a PDF here, a knowledge base sit ...

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  • PowerShell Friday: Load PowerCLI from your own script

    Published April 22, 2016 by -- No Comments

    When you want to start your PowerCLI scripts or just use the cmdlets for VMware, you can start VMware vSphere PowerCLI from your start menu. From the window you get you can use all PowerCLI cmdlets that you need or your own scripts. But what if you want to use the default PowerShell instance or PowerShell ISE to edit and run your scripts ...

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  • Deploy and configure VMware NSX in 23 minutes
  • vRA custom host name using Orchestrator and Event Broker
  • PowerShell Friday: Using the Cisco ACI API
  • Bye bye, VMware vSphere C# client
  • Resetting the root & admin password of VMware Identity Manager
  • Linux Desktops with Horizon
  • Three Dimensions of Storage Sizing & Design – Part 1: Overview
  • A low budget SMB environment – Part 3: Configure and Run
  • Introducing vmwareapis.com: a Hosted Project Platypus
  • PowerShell Friday: Load PowerCLI from your own script

Deploy and configure VMware NSX in 23 minutes

VMware NSX is completely software based. This means it’s flexible as heck and you can have a lot of instances running concurrently. It also means you can go crazy with your network topology designs and amount of tinkering you can do with your virtual network. I am someone who loves to tinker. Sometimes a bit too much. A consequence of this, is that I sometimes break my virtual test lab and have to re-install it and return to the starting point. This has happened a few times. I also like to use clean labs for customer demo purposes, just to [ … ]

vRA custom host name using Orchestrator and Event Broker

This week we have a contribution from a guest writer, Dimitri de Swart, who is a CMP Specialist SE at VMware Benelux. Dimitri shows you how to create a custom host name using Orchestrator and Event Broker when deploying a virtual machine using vRealize Automation. Custom host name use case In a recent POC the customer had a special use case which I tackled singing vRealize Orchestrator and the Event Broker Service. So, what was the use case? Roll out a new Windows vSphere virtual machine using a custom hostname based on the machine type (Development=’dev0001‘, Test=’tst0001′, Production=’prd0001′, etc.). The hostname has to be the [ … ]

PowerShell Friday: Using the Cisco ACI API

One of the great things of all network virtualization solutions, is that they can be automated using some form of API that they publish. Cisco ACI is no different and offers a RESTful API which you can consume to do stuff on the network. Well, it’s a ‘sort-of’ RESTful API, as they only seem to use GET and POST functions, no DELETE, PUT, etc. Instead to delete an object, you do a POST with the status ‘deleted’. Anyway, details. PowerTool Cisco has a PowerShell implementation for multiple products, for example UCS and ACI. They call their module [ … ]

Bye bye, VMware vSphere C# client

VMware has announced that the vSphere C# client will no longer be available with the next release of vSphere. It should not come as a big surprise as VMware has been preparing for this for a long time. VMware has been transiting away from the C# client for the last several releases. In recent updates made to vSphere 6.0 VMware has moved functionality into the web client, such as Update Manager, that has further removed the need to run the C# client at all. (Details on the next version of vSphere like version number and release date are still unknown.) For customers [ … ]

Resetting the root & admin password of VMware Identity Manager

The VMware Identity Manager (previously known as Workspace Portal) is a virtual appliance with Linux on it. When you install it, you configure a root and admin password for access to the administration interface. You need this password for appliance maintenance, upgrades, etc. As with keys, it is possible to loose this password and being unable to upgrade the appliance (as a colleague of mine learned). As the password reset process is not really documented fully, I thought I’d throw the steps to reset the root and admin user passwords together. We begin with resetting the root password and to [ … ]

Linux Desktops with Horizon

Since version 6 Horizon has the possibility to use Linux desktops for VDI. There are other ways to access your Linux, like VNC,NX, X-terminals, or even SSH if you only need a text based session. By using Horizon to deliver your Linux desktop you get the option to amp up your Linux virtual desktop with graphical power with GRID cards, unified access by using the same client for Windows and Linux desktops and more. The Linux desktop in Horizon was one of the things I had on my todo list, but today I finally managed to do it. So here [ … ]

Three Dimensions of Storage Sizing & Design – Part 1: Overview

Why do we build ICT infrastructures? What is the most important part in those infrastructures? It is Data! With the digital era we need to store bits of information, or so called data, so we can process, interpreter, organize or present that as information by providing context and adding value to the available data. By giving meaning and creating context around data we get useful information. We use data carriers to protect the precious data against loss and alteration. Exchanging floppies/tapes with each other was not that efficient and fast. So storage systems came into play, to [ … ]

A low budget SMB environment – Part 3: Configure and Run

This is the final part of the series on a low budget SMB or lab environment with VMware and vendor support. In this part we will configure our hosts, connect them to the storage, deploy vCenter and deploy our first virtual machine. In the last part we installed ESX and assembled the QNAP storage with the disks. So we first need to configure our hosts, create an NFS share to store our virtual machines (VM’s) on, first of which will be our vCenter VM. There are several ways of offering storage to your ESX environment. In large [ … ]

Introducing vmwareapis.com: a Hosted Project Platypus

APIs are everywhere these days. As a VMware engineer with a broad range of products to support, APIs are ways to speed things up dramatically. Instead of clicking yourself silly, things can be done without seconds. Finding the documentation for all the different APIs can be challenging though, as there’s a PDF here, a knowledge base site there, etc. Project Platypus is looking to change that by centralising VMware API documentation in a neat little container for ease of use. The presentation is handled by Swagger UI, which is pretty sleek. The project is hosted on [ … ]

PowerShell Friday: Load PowerCLI from your own script

When you want to start your PowerCLI scripts or just use the cmdlets for VMware, you can start VMware vSphere PowerCLI from your start menu. From the window you get you can use all PowerCLI cmdlets that you need or your own scripts. But what if you want to use the default PowerShell instance or PowerShell ISE to edit and run your scripts? Then you have to load the modules and snapins yourself, since the PowerCLI configuration isn’t loaded automatically. When you start PowerCLI a lot of things are loaded and configured. If you know all the modules that need to [ … ]