November 30th, 2014 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

With my vRealize Automation / vCloud Automation Center lab mostly working, I did want to recognize a few things we missed that you might like to investigate further on your own.

First, if you look back you’ll notice we did not do anything specifically with vCenter Orchestrator.  Like vSphere templates, you can publish vCO workflows as catalog items to perform advanced or no routine tasks.  For example maybe you are an organization that makes heave use of vApps in vSphere and want to continue that.  vRA has no concept of vApps but using vCenter Orchestrator I could publish a workflow that will create the vApp and create virtual machines inside the vApp.  Additionally I could tie vCO into other infrastructure such as Active Directory or my storage layer using EMC ViPR for example.

We did not work with any of the advanced networking solutions such as VMware NSX or vCloud Networking and Security.  Consider the need for an isolated multi-virtual machine development environment, I could deploy an NSX edge device and places all of the virtual machines behind the edge device and provide access to the application to a specific set of users or other network segments.  Also missed in these posts were adding additional endpoints to connect to services such as vCloud Air or EC2 – things that could enable you to build a “hybrid” cloud

The last item I will cover here is charge back using vRealize Business (formerly IT Business Management Suite).  With vRB…no sorry not doing it – with ITBM you can get much more granular in cost tracking and turn that data into charge back to other groups or show back to justify your IT budget (remember IT people – you job is not to make money, its to support the business).

Thank you for following along with my vCAC / vRA posts, I hope you found them useful!

Whats missing from my vRealize Automation lab

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November 6th, 2014 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

It’s been a few years since I had to spend most of my days as a network admin.  Every now and then I’ve played network admin/engineer for short periods but was only for specific projects and then went back to my generalist type work.  As “SDN” has become more prevalent I need to brush off that part of my brain.  In an effort to learn NSX, I wanted to consolidate the resources I am using to learn so others can benefit from what I have found, and also add what they are using.  Also, thank you to everyone currently engaging me on Twitter in this conversation, either answering questions or pointing me to more great content.

NSX Resources

NSX Community Resources

#vBrownBag EMEA NSX VCP-NV series:  http://professionalvmware.com/?s=vcp-nv

Kamau Wanguhu’s blog:  http://www.borgcube.com/blogs/?s=vxlan&searchsubmit=

Anthony Burke’s blog:  http://networkinferno.net/nsx-compendium

NSX Official Documentation

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/VMware-VXLAN-Deployment-Guide.pdf

NSX Hands-On

Without actually having an environment to play in, the VMware HOL have great labs once you’ve done the reading to apply that knowledge

http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/catalog/130

What I am using to learn NSX

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