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Blueprints as Code in vRealize Automation 7 Part 2 – Adding Blueprints to Github and Setting up Jenkins

Welcome to part 2 of this 3-part series on blueprints as code in vRealize Automation 7 (vRA 7). In part 1, we walked through how to export blueprints from vRA 7. In this post we’ll discuss putting those exported blueprints into a source control system (Github) and setup our Jenkins server.  Here are links to the […]

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Unity VSA Storage Pool Creation

Once you have deployed Unity VSA, as covered in the previous blog, you will need to create a storage pool if you want to serve out any storage.  I have listed the steps below. Under the Storage Pool Section go to Pools. Select the + to start the “Create Pool Wizard” Name the Pool Assign […]

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DIY – Resource Guru Outlook Calendar Integration with Zapier and AWS

The company I work for uses Resource Guru as a central resource scheduling tool for our engineers. Project Managers love it because they have a consolidated view of all of the engineers’ schedules, but for the engineers, it’s ANOTHER tool they have to log into. The main complaint I hear is: “Why should I have to […]

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vRealize 7 Application Services – Windows Agent Install

I am new to Application Services, and had some trouble successfully preparing the template. To prepare the template, a few pieces of software (including an agent) have to be installed in the template for vRA to be able to interact with the VM once it is deployed. Here are a few resources I found that […]

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vRealize Automation 7 – Custom Email Template XaaS Cleanup

A customer recently contacted me to help resolve a few issues with vRA 7’s custom email templates. Here are some of the changes I had to make. Templates have been updated from 6.2. Grab the new templates from the ‘Attachments’ section in the following KB: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2102019  Multiple XaaS (anything as a Service) workflows are displayed […]

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Building Your Own Voice Activated Skynet with Amazon Web Services

Hey all, Here are a couple of videos from this year’s Sirius Madness event where @virtualtacit and I demonstrated using Amazon Web Services and Alexa (Amazon Echo) to flip a Raspberry Pi controlled drone. Below you can find some of the background on how we built it. Oh, and aside from the fact that voice […]

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Amazon IoT Button Hacking: Part 1

Purpose I am working on the steps to grab the firmware from the Amazon IoT button and flash it onto the $5 DASH Buttons (think Tide/Cottenelle/Ziploc). There are a few really good existing articles that detail the steps, but I had some difficulty getting started. To be fair, the articles are great, but I am […]

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Unity VSA Deployment

Unity VSA Deployment EMC released the new mid-range storage array “Unity” at EMC World this year.  There are 3 different options: Unity All Flash, Unity Hybrid Flash and UnityVSA.  The Unity VSA platform can scale up to 50TB and can be fully unified.  The UnityVSA Community edition allows up to 4TB of capacity for free!  […]

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Blueprints as Code in vRealize Automation 7 Part 1 – Exporting Blueprints

I’ve been doing some work recently with vRealize Autmation 7 and exploring options of how to export blueprints so that they may be stored in a source control system, such as Github. In doing so I discovered a great post by Kris Thieler (@inkysea) which describes his newest Jenkins plugin for vRealize Automation (vRA) 7. […]

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Nvidia Grid M10 Released: All about the density

I have long thought that GPUs and VDI/SBC workloads should and will become ubiquitous, you can read more on my thoughts on that here.  One of the key challenges has been getting the density and number of users per server to acceptable levels. NVIDIA has made strong progress on that front with the release of the M10 GRID cards which are capable of supporting up to 64 vGPUs or users per card with two cards per box pushing up to 128 vGPUs/users. I think target usage will be around 100 users per server with two (2) NVIDIA Tesla M10 cards installed. Below are the specs for the NVIDIA Grid TESLA M10 I think this is going to go a long way to helping making GPU’s more ubiquitous in EUC scenarios such as VDI or SBC. For more details check out the official announcement on the NVIDIA website. Cannot wait to get my hands on my one.

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Sirius Madness Session: Can I Move My Stuff To OpenStack?

March 17 marked the first Sirius Madness, a new name for the always-awesome annual event Varrow Madness.  I’m happy to report that this year’s Madness felt like the conference we’ve come to expect every year (with just a little less orange). This time I presented an intro to OpenStack.  Until mid 2015 I wasn’t super […]

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Updating Synology DSM

I have two Synology boxes, an older DS212 and a DS1815+ that I use for my lab and other purposes. They were in need of an update andI thought I would put together a simple post about upgrading Synology to the latest DSM. This process covers updating from Synology DSM 5.2-5592 Update 2 to Synology DSM 6.0-7321 Update 6 Synology Update 6 release brought a ton of new features and fixes, you can read more about that here. Some highlights MailPlus / MailPlus Server – all new private cloud mail server New Collaboration Tools – SpreadSheets and Note station SSD Cache – Greater support for SSD cache Data Protection – snapshot replication Virtual DSM & Docker – Containers (This is probably the feature I am looking forward to the most) Cloud & File Syncing – more 64 Bit Architecture Modularization New Accessibility Features Now onto the upgrade process.. Notes: My upgrade was completed from a MacBook Pro using Chrome and Synology Assistant for initial connection. Shouldn’t be much if any difference depending on your environment. You can download the Synology Assistant from Synology for your model here. Open Synology Assistant (or optionally enter the address in a browser for your Synology […]

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Avamar 7.3 is now available

Avamar 7.3 is now available for download and some interesting new features are: Customers can now finally deploy Avamar Virtual Edition 7.3 or upgrade from Avamar Virtual Edition 7.2 on their own without the assistance of EMC EMC Remote Proactive Services will continue to be available to perform upgrades for customers Both the OVA and OVF templates […]

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EMC World 2016 – EMC Elect Meetup with John Roese, EMC CTO

Got here a bit later due to giving feedback to a product manager on MyService360…when I came in, the room was doing introductions and topics were interested in. General topics of interest are around Dell/EMC/VMware, Software Defined Cloud/Storage, NFV – lots of familiar faces in the room. I’ve sat in several of these sessions (invite … Continue reading “EMC World 2016 – EMC Elect Meetup with John Roese, EMC CTO”

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Unity: Next Generation NAS & File Capabilities

True Unification No separate hardware for File and Block Built in 10GbT IP Ports (2 per SP) Flexible multi-tenant virtual file serving technology Provides SMB and/or NFS No separate CIFS server Unified storage pool architecture Create a Storage Pool, then a NAS server, then the file system Private LUN will be created in the pool […]

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