vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager – Getting Started

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager is VMware's solution to deploy, configure and upgrade the vRealize solution stack: vRealize Operations vRealize Automation vRealize Business for Cloud vRealize Log Insight Typically you would install each of the vRealize solutions separately, management of this and patching/upgrading is time-consuming so a dedicated solution to manage...

Sending vROps Alerts to Slack

If you are a VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) customer and a slack user, then you'll probably be pleased to see native Slack integration with vROps. It's been possible to post alerts to Slack via REST Notifications, but it is also nice to see Slack natively supported within vROps version 8.1....

Installing VMware vCenter Server (VCSA) 7.0 !

This post is part of my vSphere 7.0 installation guides. As with ESXi 7.0, there is virtually no difference between installing VCSA 6.7 and 7.0. However, since I was going through it anyway in my lab, I thought I'd take the screenshots and put them into a quick post. (Afterall,...

ESXi 7 on Raspberry Pi & ARM

For what feels like a couple of years, VMware has been teasing us with the idea that a later version of ESXi will run on ARM processors. At VMworld 2019 in Europe, ARM had their own stand which was managed by VMware employees (including Alexander Frankichen) from the ARM team....

How to provide feedback directly to VMware 1-on-1

Being able to provide feedback to hardware and software vendors is challenging. Most companies will allow you to send in your suggestions or product feedback via an online form or ticket which can work out okay. However, there is nothing better than being able to talk to someone at the...

Using vRealize Operations to identify Zombie VMs

This month the vExpert Cloud Management team challenged its members to utilise VMware Cloud Management tools to locate Zombie VMs. If we were able to do this, we were awarded a free T-Shirt and some trees planted in our name in the Amazon Rainforest. Quite a cool idea! Of course,...

Migrating AWS EC2 Instances to VMware (Free software)

Earlier this week I posted about how to Migrate VMware Virtual Machines into AWS EC2 instances. I had a lot of interest from this post (1000's hits in the first 24 hours) and several people have asked me about migrating AWS EC2 Instances back to VMware Virtual Machines. So here...

Migrating VMware VMs to AWS – A to Z (Zero Cost)

There comes a time when you might need to leverage the benefits a public cloud such as AWS has, to host some applications. In my day to day experience, this generally applies to public-facing web applications. There are many benefits as to why you might want to migrate such an...

vRealize Operations Manager (vROps) 7.5 – What’s New?

Queue an announcment of a massive update to vROps - Proof that VMware is committed to full cloud management (in a single pane of glass) via their flagship, award-winning, cloud management solution, vRealize Operations Manager. There are dozens of very useful and exciting changes in this release, I'm actually surprised...
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