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 22.214.171.124 – Part 4: Deploying The vPostgres Appliance
Continuing from the previous posts. Here we shall generate the certificates used for the vCAC appliances. Step 5: Install Open SSL VMware requires that a very specific version of Open SSL is installed for use with vCAC 126.96.36.199 appliances and components. In this instance we have to use Open SSL v0.9.8zb as anything from the … Continue reading Installing vCAC 188.8.131.52 – Part 3: Certificates Prep and Configuration (Continued)
When installing vCAC in a distributed / load balanced way it is not possible to use self-signed certificates to get everything working correctly (wildcard certs are not supported either). Therefore, correct certificates have to be generated for your environment and then issued for the various vCAC components. In a production environment the Public Key Infrastructure … Continue reading Installing vCAC 184.108.40.206 – Part 2: Certificates Prep and Configuration
This series of posts will guide you through a full distributed install of VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC 220.127.116.11). This is something I’ve done in a live environment but I’m going to try to re-create a small setup in my lab environment to enable me to test upgrading between vCAC versions. Why? Because I’m interested. … Continue reading Installing vCAC 18.104.22.168 – Part 1: Windows Pre-Requisites