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Adding unsupported rev of VxRail to VCF – What happens

This post explains how VMware SDDC Manager validates VxRail code levels and rejects VxRail systems that are out of compliance.

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Dell EMC VxRail Management Pack for vROps

The VxRail Management Pack for vROps has been released. This post is a quick overview of what this provides and how to install it.

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Using VxRail with VCF and vRealize Suite

This is a short post highlighting how some of the vRealize Suite products interact with VxRail, how they connect, and what kind of information is provided by each specific to the VxRail itself.

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Sample VCF on VxRail Architecture Diagrams

This post contains some sample high level architecture diagrams that I have put together for enablement purposes.

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VxRail ACE Upgrade Manager

With the GA release of VxRail ACE on November 4th comes the first phase of it’s Smart Lifecycle Management. This blog post provides an overview of what this Smart LCM brings to the table for VxRail customers.

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VxRail ACE Resources

VxRail ACE went GA on November 4th 2019. This post contains links to various VxRail ACE resources.

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Deploying VCF on VxRail – Understanding What does What

Published Aug 19th 2019

This post is a result of me wanting to understand the various install-tools, steps, and processes involved in deploying VCF on VxRail.

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Using VxRail ACE to identify Performance Anomalies

Published August 1st 2019

VxRail ACE provides the ability to identify performance anomalies on the VxRail system, while at the same time learning which anomalies are to be expected as the norm.

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Expanding Log Insight on VxRail for High Availability

Published 11th July 2019

A standard VxRail deployment provides the ability to deploy a VMware vRealize Log Insight appliance in Standalone Mode. In order to provide high availability for this Log Insight instance, the single vRLI appliance should be expanded to a 3-node vRLI cluster.

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“Fix This First” – What your VxRail ACE Health Score is really telling you

A very basic rule of thumb when it comes to system monitoring is that Red is Bad, and Green is Good. Yellow/Orange/Amber then might mean that something is wrong, definitely not quite right, and needs attention before it goes Red.

The VxRail ACE Health Score helps customers prioritize those issues that need attention.

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VxRail ACE – A Technical Overview

As of June 3rd 2019 VxRail ACE (Analytical Consulting Engine) is in Early Access availability for VxRail customers. This post should give you a better idea of what ACE is and how it works.

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Forward Avamar Proxy log files to Log Insight

This post covers how to configure integration between Avamar Proxy Servers and VMware Log Insight.

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Forward Avamar log files to VMware Log Insight

This post covers how to forward the log files for DellEMC Avamar Server to VMware Log Insight.

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Backup vRealize Operations Manager with Avamar

This post covers how to manage On-Demand and Scheduled Backups for VMware vRealize Operations Manager with Dell EMC Avamar.

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Past EMC Whitepapers Authored and Co-Authored

This post is simply a collection of some documents that I have authored or co-authored on behalf of EMC in the past. I like to keep these available for reference after the public links have been killed off.

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Adding VVD vCenter Clients to Avamar

This post covers how to add VVD on VxRail vCenter Servers to DellEMC Avamar.

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On-Demand Backup options for vRA Virtual Machines

This post provides a walk through of executing an on-demand Backup of a Virtual Machine owned by vRealize Automation, changing an existing VM Backup Policy, and adding Data Protection to an unprotected Virtual Machine using the DellEMC Data Protection Extension.

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vRA Actions and Entitlements for VM Data Protection

This post covers how to configure User Entitlements for Virtual Machine Actions in vRealize Automation, specific to the DellEMC Data Protection Extension.

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Adding Data Protection to vRA VM Blueprints

This post covers how to enable automated data protection services for Virtual Machines in VMware vRealize Automation, using the Data Protection extension from Dell EMC

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Installing the vRealize Data Protection Extension from Dell EMC

This post covers the installation of the vRealize Data Protection Extension from Dell EMC.

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