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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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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VMware vCloud Automation Center

So, vCloud Automation Center is a buzz in the industry, and people want to know what it does, right?
We hear often, in the marketplace, that there is a lot competition to the product, but in honesty, there really isn't.

I'll be posting more information on extending this product, integrating with AppD, vCO and the like, and where things are going etc.

Put simply, it allows for automation, lifecycle management of Infrastructure, provided as a service (IaaS), and now, provides a portal that provides XaaS. 

The backend is delivered via integrations with vCenter Orchestrator (awesome tool, btw) and vFabric Application Director for more complex platform-as-a-service deliveries (PaaS).

Furthermore, Application Director integrates with Puppet Labs to deliver a very powerful level of automation when provisioning Platforms.