VMware on AWS – Initial Availability

A few weeks ago at VMworld the VMware on AWS offering went into initial availability. From now until probably the end of the year customers are limited based on a number of factors, including use-case and size. Here’s what you need to know about the current release: 1 Year Reserved: $51,987 or $5.93/hour* 3 Year Reserved: $109.366 or $4.16/hour* Any service …

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 (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 …

Introduction to EMC ViPR: My First PluralSight Course

I’m very excited to announce that i’ve officially completed my first video training course for Pluralsight: Introduction to EMC ViPR.   The course will take you through an overview of what EMC ViPR is as well as plenty of demos that walk you through the concepts, setup, configuration and adminstation. Should any of you have a chance to check it …

CloudPhysics – Getting Spooky With It

Halloween is upon us! As this scary(?) holiday filled with elaborate costumes, haunted houses and free candy approaches, our friends over at CloudPhysics are running a fun Halloween themed campaign open to everyone. Curious if you’re running software vulnerable to Heartbleed or Shellshock? Are you running software that’s [nearing] end of support (Windows Server 2003 anyone)? Do you have unrealized, …

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 …