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 …

Blueprints as Code in vRealize Automation 7 Part 1 – Exporting Blueprints

I’ve been doing some work recently with vRealize Autmation 7 and exploring options of how to export blueprints so that they may be stored in a source control system, such as Github. In doing so I discovered a great post by Kris Thieler (@inkysea) which describes his newest Jenkins plugin for vRealize Automation (vRA) 7. One of the enhancements with …

The Madness is Coming…

March Madness is upon us! Like peanut butter brings jelly, March Madness brings Varrow Sirius Madness. That’s right, on March 17th, 2016, Sirius will be hosting Sirius Madness in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can expect upwards of 1,000 people to be attendance , over 50 breakout sessions across a broad range of technology disciplines and two keynotes that you won’t want …

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 …

The Unofficial Official VMware Certified Professional 6 – DCV Study Guide

With VMworld 2015 around the corner I thought this would be a great time to announce our latest version of the VMware Certified Professional – DCV study guide. A few years back, Jason Langer (blog / twitter) and I teamed up with Veeam Software and released the VMware Certified Professional 5 – DCV study guide, which you can find here. …

I can HaaS…Hadoop as a Service Setup

There seems to be a lot of focus today around XaaS (anything as a service). There is also lots of talk about big data, typically Hadoop, and being able to automate the Hadoop lifecycle. We’ve had a number of customers ask us about deploying Hadoop clusters using the XaaS model instead of deploying each component manually. Here’s an introduction video …