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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EHC Disaster Recovery as-a-Service Overview

The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud DRaaS solution leverages DellEMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines-based disaster recovery to restart or recover VMware virtual machine workloads and cloud management infrastructure to another converged infrastructure platform on an alternate site.

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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 vROps

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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Enterprise Hybrid Cloud: Creating a Backup Service Level

One of the services provided by the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution (EHC) is Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), which enables cloud users to manage and consume data protection backup services through a single user portal. The EHC solution leverages service levels throughout the solution, using policies to control resources such as compute, storage, network, and data protection.

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