New Challenge – Touchdown at VMware

By | February 4, 2016

In May 2012, I made a conscious decision to identify a route to elevating my career.  I decided to jump into the deep end and transitioned into consulting from a pure infrastructure (VMware customer) background. Xtravirt Limited (VMware Enterprise Partner) afforded me that opportunity to enhance my career, which I’m extremely grateful for.  The folks I’ve worked with are incredibly… Read More »

VMworld 2015 – SDDC6254 – The Best SDDC

By | December 9, 2015

Management – vRealize Suite Networking – NSX Storage – Virtual SAN Compute – vSphere Infrastructure is delivered as a service, and control of data center is entirely automated by software.  Ideal for private, hybrid & public clouds Accelerate speed of IT using Virtualization & Automated DC operations = Capex\Opex reduction Mobile Workforce for business – Secure, faster delivery… Read More »

VMworld 2015 – SDDC5027 – VCDX Unwrapped

By | December 9, 2015

DNA of a VCDX candidate Real-world experience in design, architecting, presenting & implementing solutions Does not ask what needs to be done, they actively seek out solutions when problems present themselves Traits Self-motivated and driven Applies critical thinking Particular customer environment may not fit best practice Organised and methodical Good designs and documentation.  If customer is paying for… Read More »

EUC5733 – Deep Dive on Horizon 6 Cloud Architecture – Best Practices to deploy HA Virtual Desktop Solution

By | December 9, 2015

Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA) used to address challenges: Active\Active Datacentres (for View) Disaster Recovery Deploying across multiple locations Scale beyond 10k desktops Multiple client URLs No visibility on sessions across multiple pods Pre-CPA Single site HA of Horizon, required replicated images across desktop clusters (blocks) Multiple DC HA of Horizon – included lots of replicating of entitlements, orchestration… Read More »

vCNS Edge device failed to deploy

By | December 9, 2015

Problem Statement: After deploying vCloud Networking & Security suite (vCNS), and attempting to deploy Edge devices from vShield Manager, the deployment quickly fails after running through the configuration wizard with ‘Edge device failed’. Inspecting the logs from vShield Manager (Tech support bundle), the following entries stand out:- 2015-07-17 11:07:48.798 GMT ERROR pool-1218-thread-1 ResourcePoolVcOperationsImpl:348 – Failed to install OVF.… Read More »

vROps – vCNS One-Armed, Highly Available load balancing

By | December 9, 2015

Requirements As the solution scales and the number of administrators and consumers requiring access grows, the HTTPS requests on the vROps UI will increase the traffic and the load on the nodes. Prevent a node outage (either the Master or Master Replica) from disrupting access into the solution Use a common name and DNS entry to access the solution Constraints No available… Read More »

vRealize Operations (vROps) Error – & Buffer space

By | August 21, 2015

Problem Statement vROps node (Windows deployment) was going off-line every 12-24 hours, losing the ability to connect to either Product or Admin UIs via HTTPS. Check the following log files to begin investigation (data\log\vcops) casa.log web.log collector.log api.log The below errors were common across some of the log files. No buffer space available (maximum connections reached?): connect exception:… Read More »

vRealize Operations (vROps) SSL Certificates

By | August 20, 2015

Step 1 – Setup\Configure OpenSSL Step 2 – Generate\Install Certificates for vRealize Operations Manager Install Download and install OpenSSL from here Example – Win64 OpenSSL v1.0.0s Light vROps Certificate Requirements:- File encoded in PEM format Certificate is valid for Server Authentication All certificates in the chain are included The private key is included (2048 bit RSA) The private… Read More »

vRealize Operations (vROps) – Post-install and First boot scripts error

By | August 20, 2015

Problem Statement: Attempting an installation of vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2 fails with the following message:- Error Running PostInstall Script – Unfortunately, an error was encountered running the Post-Install and First Boot scripts. After completely uninstalling the previous vROps installation via the Control Panel, and completing a reboot of the system, I tried the… Read More »