Configuring vCenter SSO Federation in vCloud Director 8.20

By | 31/01/2018

There are 3 authentication methods that are supported by vCloud Director:

1: Local: These are the local users which are created at the time of installing vCD or creating any new organization.  If you have configured vCD with default configuration, then the first local account that is created is “administrator” user who is system admin for the vCD.

2: LDAP service: A LDAP service enables the organization to use their own LDAP servers for authentication. Users can then be imported into vCD from the configured LDAP. If you have a multi-tenant based vCD deployment, then each organization can use their own LDAP service for authentication. read more

DRS/SDRS Affinity & Anti-Affinity Rules

By | 23/01/2018

Although there are 1000 of articles written on this topic, purpose of writing this article is to cover few objectives of VCAP6-Deploy exam. When I published my VCAP6 study guide, few topics I left purposefully as I had planned to write them later when I get some time.

So in this post we will be discussing about DRS & SDRS affinity/anti-affinity rules. 

Affinity Rules – VM to VM

Affinity rules are used by DRS to keep 2 virtual machines always running together. Affinity rules are generally used to keep virtual machines toether which have dependency on each other. read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 10: Catalog Management

By | 15/01/2018

In last post of this series we learnt how to create and design blueprints. This post will be focussed on catalog management. Once you have created blueprint items, next thing is to associate them with a service and defining the entitlements so that end user can start requesting items from catalog to which they are entitled for.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vRA Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 9: Configuring Blueprints

By | 15/01/2018

In last post of this series we learnt about Network profiles and Reservations. In this post we will be focussing on how to create blueprints. Blueprints in one thing with which you will be spending a lot of time day in day out. 

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vRA Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX

3: Installing SQL Server for IaaS DB

4: Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation Appliance read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 8: Creating Network Profiles & Reservations

By | 11/01/2018

In last post of this series we covered creation of Fabric groups and Business groups. In this post we will learn about Network Profiles and Reservations.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vRA Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX

3: Installing SQL Server for IaaS DB

4: Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation Appliance

5: Tenant and Users Initial Configuration

6: Configuring Endpoints

7: Creating Fabric and Business Groups read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 7: Creating Fabric and Business Groups

By | 08/01/2018

In last post of this series we learn how to add varios endpoints to vRA so that the endpoints can be consumed by the users. The resources presented by endpoints first needs to be aggregated in fabric groups so that they can be assigned to users. In this post we will learn about fabric groups and business groups and will walkthrough how to create them

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: vRA Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 5: Tenant and users Initial Configuration

By | 04/01/2018

In last post of this series, I walked through the vRA appliance deployment and configuration. We verified that deployment was successful and we were able to login to vRA appliance using the SSO user. 

In this post we will learn about default tenant initial configuration and how to associate directory services with vRA.

If you have landed directly on this page by mistake, then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX

3: Installing SQL Server for IaaS DB read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 4:Installing and Configuring vRealize Automation Appliance

By | 01/01/2018

In last 3 posts of this series, we learnt how to setup environment and integrate NSX with vSphere etc. There are lot of pre-works which needs to in place before going ahead with vrealize Automation deployment and I tried to cover few of them in earlier posts. Few will be covered in upcoming posts of this series.

If you have landed directly on this page then I encourage you to read earlier posts of this series from below links:

1: Lab Setup

2: Installing and Configuring NSX read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 3: Installing IaaS DB

By | 31/12/2017

One of the requirement for installing vRA is to have a database server for IaaS components. This DB server can reside on same host where IaaS role will be configured or can be external to IaaS host.

To see list of supported database that can be used for IaaS DB, please see vRealize Automation Support Matrix document from VMware. 

Below table shows list of database that is suported with vRA 6.x/7.x

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Note: Express versions of MSSQL are not supported. If you don’t have MSSQL enterprise edition for lab setup and you want to use express edition in your lab then please see this article by Rob Bastiaansen. read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 2: NSX Deployment and Configuration

By | 31/12/2017

In last post of this series I discussed about my lab setup. In this post we will learn how to deploy and configure NSX.

Last year I did a complete lab on NSX and posted few blog articles on installation and configuration stuffs. So in this post I will not go into much details on NSX stuffs. If you are new to NSX then make sure you read VMware documentation on NSX deployment.

Also you can view below articles from my blogs on NSX.

1: Installing and Configuring NSX

2: Deploying NSX Controllers

3: Preparing Esxi Hosts and Cluster read more

vRealize Automation 7.3-Simple Installation: Part 1: Lab Setup

By | 31/12/2017

One of the first goal for 2018 is to pass my VCP7-CMA exam and thus I decided to set up a home lab on latest version of vRealize Automation i.e 7.3 and this post is all about my lab setup.

1: In my lab I am using vSphere 6.0 U3 and I have deployed 4 hosts and each host have 4 vCPU and 32 GB RAM.

2: Deployed vCSA 6.0 U3 (vCenter with Embedded PSC)

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3: Purely using vDS (v6.0) in my lab and I have created port groups for separation of traffic. Each Esxi host have 4 NIC’s :

  • vmnic0 for Management network : 192.168.109.X/24 
  • vmnic1 for vMotion network: : 192.168.108.X/24
  • vmnic2 and vmnic3 for iSCSI storage connectivity: 192.168.106.X/24

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4: Deployed openfiler and created 2 volumes. Both mapped to single target and servicing all 4 Esxi host that are in mgmt cluster. Thus each esxi host is mounting 2 luns from openfiler appliance.  read more

VCAP6-DCV Deploy Study Guide

By | 29/12/2017

Section 1 – Create and Deploy vSphere 6.x Infrastructure Components

Objective 1.1 – Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration

Objective 1.2 – Deploy and Configure Core Management Infrastructure Components

Objective 1.3 – Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components

Objective 1.4 – Perform Advanced Virtual Machine Configurations

Section 2 – Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Storage Infrastructure

Objective 2.1 – Implement Complex Storage Solutions

Objective 2.2 – Manage Complex Storage Solutions read more

Back To Basics: Migrating from vSS to vDS in vSphere 6

By | 29/12/2017

In this post we will see how to migrate from vSphere Standard Swith to vSphere Distributed Switch. Let’s get started.

Before performing any migration, make sure you have a vDS deployed and fully configured i.e portgroups created, uplinks created, appropriate uplinks placed in respective portgroups.

Here is a review of my environment.

1: I have a vDS created and different port groups for separation of duties. 

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2: Uplinks created and meaningfully named.

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3: Teaming and Failover configured. Each of the portgroup in my lab have only one active uplink. Rest of them I have placed in unused.  read more