I realised that it's been a while since the last post was added to this blog so I thought I'd write this and summarise what's actually been going on. In in reality I've updated every page on this site with instrcutions, screenshots and "gotchas" for the newer versions of the products. So, the homelab guide … Continue reading Site Status – All Pages Updated
ow that the IaaS server is installed and vRA is up and running you can go and do STUFF with it! But what if you don't really know what 'stuff' is supposed to look like? Well, at the end of part 3b of this series we pressed the button marked Create Initial Content. This creates … Continue reading Installing Minimal vRA 7: Part 4 – Running Initial Content Creation Item
Stage 0: I Should Have Clicked the Button This post, right here, is one of the reasons why vRA 7 is leagues ahead of vRA /vCAC 6.x. In vRA 6 you had to manually ensure that each of the many, MANY pre-requisites for installing the IaaS server on a Windows machine were exactly right … Continue reading Installing Minimal vRA 7: Part 3b Iaas Install and Automatically Installing Pre-Requisits
Now that we know what we're aiming for we can get the really easy bit out of the way right now. Deploying the vRA 7 Virtual Appliance. Throughout this example I'm using the svc-vra-admin account created in step 1 as it has rights for pretty much everything. NOTE: My lab was running vSphere 5.5 when I … Continue reading Installing Minimal vRA 7: Part 2 Deploying The vRA Appliance
Finally, after pretty much a full year of waiting VMware released version 7 of the vRealize Automation suite. Rumour is that it's far easier to install, more stable and bug free than before. Given the difference between the hell that was 6.0.1 and the, much better but still poor, 6.2.2 releases I've had the pleasure … Continue reading Installing Minimal vRA 7: Part 1 Which Version For The Lab?
Well, I was greeted with a text from a friend this morning excitdly saying that vRA 7 was finally available on the VMware portal. He was right, it is! So this means I'm in download and read mode. Hopefully I'll be able to get it in to the home lab reasonably simply.
Some people have expressed an interest in seeing the exact parts list for the HomeLab in < 100Watts. Well, here it is and I've included a link to where you can get it (no affiliation or kickbacks, just a link of convenience). NOTE: Prices vary wildly and prices paid were correct at time of my … Continue reading Specification (Parts List) For the Homelab in <100 Watts
Yesterday I did my 2nd ever public presentation. This time to the London VMUG community on choosing the perfect home lab and only using 100Watts of power int he process. As some have asked for the slides I'm putting them here with context for a refresher and in-case you missed it. I messed up on … Continue reading VMUG Talk: HoleLab in 100 Watts
... That the vCAC 6.0.1 install guide never got completed. Well you are right. By the time I remembered I was blogging about it 6.1.1 was out and then 6.2 and then there were plenjty of other blogs with guides on how to install it around. So I'm halting there and waiting for V7 before … Continue reading You May Have Noticed….
In this part of the install guide we will be deploying the vPostgress Virtual Appliance. In a regular, simple, install of vCAC the vCAC appliance would be configured to use the embedded database. However, when scaling out or going Distributed you should use a desperate appliance for high availability and performance reasons. This is completely … Continue reading Installing vCAC 126.96.36.199 – Part 4: Deploying The vPostgres Appliance