Microsoft AD / DNS Integration over SSH

This is a retake on an older post of mine but now includes integration information for vRA 7. No more WinRM, no more Downloading and Installing stuff on DEMs. We just execute Powershell via SSH.

This post is seriously cool - it applies to technologies like Puppet, Chef and Ansible too.

In fact, I have some sample Ansible code that shows the use case here too.

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vRA 7.x Content coming...

A good deal of my content on this blog is related to the previous iteration of vRA (6.x).

I'm not sure if I want to create a section for 6.x, a section for 7.x or maybe leverage tags to identify which article applies to which version, if there's a difference.

Anyway, I'll certainly be posting some new content in the coming weeks around vRA 7.x.

There's a massive demand for this. I met customers, partners and users alike at #VMworld who had a good deal of use cases that I though would provide some good content.

Stay tuned.



A New Look

I decided to clean up my site and remove some of the clutter since I refer to my blog a lot for reference. I figured I'd make it easier on the eyes.

Also very cool is the Search Feature. If you know you saw something you liked on my site, hit the search feature on the right of the page. It's super powerful and the preview mode is really really awesome.

I hope to post a little more information on vRA and vRO soon, as soon as I get a moment to do so.
Happy reading!


Dynamic "T-Shirt" Sizing in vRA: Reducing Blueprint Sprawl by using Dynamic Properties and vRO

In this post, I'll show you how to assign predefined "cookie cutter" style sizing to a single blueprint, reducing the need for static sprawl. This involves custom properties, property dictionary and a little vRO work.

Hope it helps someone out there.

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Applying a vCenter Customization Spec Dynamically in vRA / vRO

This article shows you how to reduce or negate blueprint sprawl attributed to having multiple customization specs per environment, or per domain.

It involves some vRO integration, scripting, custom properties and a simple concept.

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Enabling Advanced Services Designer in vCAC 6.x

A quick and simple post that had me scratching my head for a little while.

The sometimes-elusive Advanced Services tab...

Can't see the "Advanced Services" tab in vCAC?

Two things need to happen:

1. Make CERTAIN that you are licensed for "Advanced" or "Enterprise" edition.

Standard Edition (Bundled in vCloud Suite Standard) will not allow for Advanced Services.

You need "Advanced" or "Enterprise" edition to use XaaS / ASD

2. Make sure your user has the correct privileges:

Here's how you enable it:

Navigate to "Administration", then "Groups":

Step One: Navigate to "Groups"

If you haven't already done so, create a new Group. I would call this Group "Service Architects".

Then, for this group, ensure the checkbox option "Service Architect" is checked:

Create a group that contains the user you are using, and give it the "Service Architect" role.

Save the group, log out, log in again, and you're D.O.N.E.

Hope it helps.