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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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vRB Storage Costs by Storage Profile begone

For any customers accustomed to using VM Storage Profiles as a means to display their Storage Costs in vRealize Business, be aware that as of vSphere v6.0, this is no longer possible.

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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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Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Multisite Services

The release of Enterprise Hybrid Cloud v4.0 has enabled EHC customers to leverage EHC services across multiple sites. This multi-site functionality is one of the major themes for the v4.0 release and is based upon the ability to provide EHC services to multiple vCenter endpoints.

This post will explain some of the options available to EHC customers.

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Upgrade vRB v6.2.3 to v7.1

We wanted to upgrade our EHC lab instance of vRealize Business Standard (v6.2.3) to vRealize Business for Cloud (v7.1.0). Using vRB v7.x has been a common request for some of our Financial customers who required vRB to support the Swiss Franc.

So after a quick glance at the vRB 7.x Install Guide, we realised that this is a migration, not an upgrade.

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Monitor RP4VM with vR Ops

The recent release of EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) for vRealize Operations Manager provides the ability to discover and monitor EMC RP4VM (RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines).

This post will walk through the installation and configuration of the RP4VM adapter in vR Ops and show some of the available dashboards.

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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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Monitor EMC Avamar with vR Ops

The latest release of EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) for VMware vRealize Operations Manager went GA May 2nd 2016, and among the many new features and supported objects is EMC Avamar.

This post will walk through the installation and configuration of the Avamar Adapter in vR Ops and show some of the available Avamar dashboards.

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EHC – Backup as a Service: Automated VM Protection

The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution provides fully automated data protection backup and restore services for virtual machines, with EHC Backup as a Service (BaaS).

At virtual machine deployment time, cloud users in the vRealize Automation self-service portal, can choose to protect their machines with a predefined backup service level. This automatically adds data protection backup to their virtual machine, but also enables them to initiate on-demand, point-in-time backups and restores of their virtual machines.

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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.

In the EHC solution, a Backup Service Level = an EMC Avamar Backup Policy, but there’s a bit more gets configured under the covers.

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EMC Storage Analytics & vR Ops

The EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) management pack integrates the features and functionality of vRealize Operations Manager with a wide range of EMC products. The ESA delivers custom analytics and visualisations that provide detailed visibility into the EMC infrastructure, enhancing troubleshooting and proactively identifying storage performance and capacity issues for remediation.

This post will focus on the installation, configuration and operations provided by the VNX adapter (mainly because that’s all that I have in the lab right now!)

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Branding vRA Catalog for Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

Appearance matters, so when you make the effort to install and configure vRA itself or as part of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution, it makes sense that you should customise/brand the vRA catalog services. This is especially important if the environment is customer-facing, be it a demo/PoC or a real customer environment.

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