DIY – Resource Guru Outlook Calendar Integration with Zapier and AWS

The company I work for uses Resource Guru as a central resource scheduling tool for our engineers. Project Managers love it because they have a consolidated view of all of the engineers’ schedules, but for the engineers, it’s ANOTHER tool they have to log into. The main complaint I hear is: “Why should I have to manage another schedule, when I …

vRealize 7 Application Services – Windows Agent Install

I am new to Application Services, and had some trouble successfully preparing the template. To prepare the template, a few pieces of software (including an agent) have to be installed in the template for vRA to be able to interact with the VM once it is deployed. Here are a few resources I found that helped me successfully create/deploy a …

vRealize Automation 7 – Custom Email Template XaaS Cleanup

A customer recently contacted me to help resolve a few issues with vRA 7’s custom email templates. Here are some of the changes I had to make. Templates have been updated from 6.2. Grab the new templates from the ‘Attachments’ section in the following KB: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2102019  Multiple XaaS (anything as a Service) workflows are displayed in the Approval notice. This …

Building Your Own Voice Activated Skynet with Amazon Web Services

Hey all, Here are a couple of videos from this year’s Sirius Madness event where @virtualtacit and I demonstrated using Amazon Web Services and Alexa (Amazon Echo) to flip a Raspberry Pi controlled drone. Below you can find some of the background on how we built it. Oh, and aside from the fact that voice controlled drones are awesome!, our …

vRealize Automation (vRA) – 401 – Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials.

Hello World! It’s been a while (okay maybe more than a while) since I have had some time to post, but stumbled upon an issue today I thought I would share. I made a few configuration changes while troubleshooting why the built-in vRealize Orchestrator service was no longer accessible from my vRA environment. After making said changes, the ‘Infrastructure’ tab …

EMC Common Antivirus Agent (CAVA) – Virus Scanners Offline

Hey folks, @virtualtacit (http://blog.virtualtacit.com) and I ran into an interesting issue recently where the EMC CAVA antivirus servers were in an “OFFLINE” state and virus scanning services were down. EMC’s Common Anti-Virus Agent is software that runs on a Windows operating system and leverages the system’s antivirus client to scan CIFS shares that are located on a VNX File or …

VMware vCenter vApp – Invalid Hostname. FQDN is required for joining a domain.

Hey folks, I recently upgraded my lab to vSphere 5.5 and decided to try out the vCenter virtual appliance (VCVA). During the install I entered the hostname without a domain since I wasn’t sure what domain it was going to reside on. Later when I tried to configure authentication I ran into this error. It wasn’t apparent at the time …

RecoverPoint/SE 4.0 SP1 – Deployment Manager Bug

Hey folks! Just a quick note on a bug I noticed with the RecoverPoint 4.0 Deployment Manager. Admittedly this had me scratching my head for a few minutes while I wondered why the “Next” button wasn’t available. At the “Installation and Change Management procedures” page in the DM, you have to select the various checkboxes to confirm you have reviewed …