Category: General

EHC on VxRail – From Hooray! to EHC

Support was recently announced for the Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud platform on the VxRail HCI appliance. Aimed at smaller enterprises, this platform has been greatly anticipated and is generating huge interest with customers. What may not be as widely known and appreciated is how much the overall installation is accelerated by the EHC Automated Installation Tool.

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vR Ops and ViPR Alert Notifications 

This post demonstrates how to create proactive alerts and notifications for DELL EMC ViPR within VMware vR Ops, and also how to link associated resolutions to the VMware vRA service catalog.

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vRA VM Backup, Delete, Restore – What’s the Problem?

Virtual machine lifecycle management is a key feature and function of VMware vRA. Policies can be put in place to control virtual machine requests, approvals, provisioning, expiration, and reclamation. With the EHC solution, we can also include automatic backup and restore in the VM lifecycle.

But what happens when a user decides to destroy a VM, only to realise shortly afterwards their mistake, meaning they now need to restore a VM that has been destroyed? Well, that’s the thing …

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Updating Certificates for vR Ops

Going through a process of converting all self-signed certificates in our EHC environment to CA-signed certs. First we converted all of the vCenter Server certificates, available here, but then we were faced with updating the certificates used by the various other vRealize Suite components that integrate with vCenter.

vRealize Operations Manager was the first on the list of those components.

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Converting vCenter Self-signed Certs to CA-signed Certs

This post provides some high-level detail on what was required for us to migrate to CA-signed certificates on an existing vCenter Server  installation. Our overall plan was to upgrade versions of the EHC solution (EHC v3.1 to EHC v3.5) which meant that we needed to upgrade from vSphere v5, using SSO, to vSphere 6, using the new PSC (Platform Services Controller).

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Starting this Blog

LittleMan

After debating for a while about whether or not to start my own blog (where to put it, internally/externally, time commits, content, etc, etc), and after much coercion from colleagues (looking at you @DavidCRing) I’ve decided to give it a go.

Hopefully the content that I post here will be useful to others. My initial intent is to post content which is complimentary to the various documents  (Whitepapers, Solution Guides, Build Guides, Reference Architectures, Tech Notes) that I have been producing for the past number of years for my employer. This content is all available publicly anyway but this blog may provide the platform to expand on some of the topics and technologies.

If you like or find any particular post, please share and be social. If not then I welcome constructive feedback.

Btw, ‘Scamallach’ is Gaelic/Irish for Cloudy (pronounced ‘Scom-ull-uck’). It’s the best I could come up with!

Steve