February 9th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

One of the most dreaded things for me is dealing with budget, more so when I do not have visibility into the budget. So many times have I requested something and been told “it’s not in the budget”. Has this ever happened to you? What if your job is the budget? Are you using a bunch of tools to keep track or a custom excel sheet?

IT Budget TemplateYou are a small IT shop or small business, and IT budgeting is new to you, where do you start?  Have I got good news for you, the folks over at turbonomic have created a FREE IT budget template. I personally love starting with templates as they give me a starting point and save me time.

This IT budget template was developed between turbonomic and some of it’s customers, meaning the real world value is there. I have seen other templates before and I have to say this one is a great starting point.

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As a small business or even figuring out finances for a home lab setup here are some things to keep in mind.

Things to Consider

Software Licenses – Software is the pinnacle of IT spend, There are some with yearly support costs, initial buy pricing, yearly renewals. Keeping track of this will help you maintain and plan your spending. More importantly you may find that you are over spending on licenses that you are paying for and could result in a savings.

Infrastructure – The cost of buying servers and storage is definitely something you want to plan for in your budget. Not only do you have to account for the cost of the infrastructure, you have to plan for the support contracts on that.

Training – The most important part of your finance to plan for and most over looked. The best way for your company to get the most out of both your software and infrastructure investments is deeper understanding on how to utilize it to it’s full potential.

Download the IT Budget Template 

Nerd’s Blurt

Staying on track of your budget is vital, I wanted to share this free template from turbonomic with you all, as it can help you. Did I mention it was free? I love that part and yes I downloaded it myself and will say it is done very well. Simple to understand, if you are a beginner or just want a better way give it a look.

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November 22nd, 2014 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

Home stretch, 15 posts and we are about to see our first catalog item published!  Lets get going and create the entitlement which is how we define what can be done in vRealize Automation / vCloud Automation Center

  • Log in as tenantadmin
  • Click Administration >> Catalog Management >> Entitlements
  • Click the Add button and fill in the information as follows

vra-entitlement

  • Click the Next button
  • Click the plus sign next to Entitled Services, select Clone Linux Template and click OK
  • Click the plus sign next to Entitled Catalog items, select CentOS template and click OK
  • Click the plus sign next to Entitled Actions, Select Machine from the pull down and chose all of the items, Select Virtual Machine from the pull down and select Destroy; click OK
  • Click the Add button

Log out as tenantadmin and log back in as luke, you should now see your vSphere template, which is now a vRealize Automation / vCloud Automation Center blueprint published!

hooray

Creating Entitlements – vRealize Automation Series Part 15

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November 21st, 2014 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

In order to use vSphere templates in vRealize Automation / vCloud Automation Center and Application Services / Application Director there is a bit of preparation you need to do, especially if you want to use Application Services.  There are guest agents for both vRealize Automation and Application Services so lets get started.  A quick assumption here, you already have a linux virtual machine installed with VMware Tools.  I am going to cheat a bit here and use the e1000 NIC, if you want to use the VMXNET3 adapter see my post on how to install VMware Tools…which needs Perl…which needs network access…which needs Perl!  Let’s get started with the specifics on configuring your Linux VM; I have a CentOS virtual machine called vxprt-centos-tmp that is powered on and ready to configure.  Log in via the VMRC or SSH to get started:

Note that as of Application Services 6.1, you cannot use CentOS7 – at the very least the guest agent will not install, I have not tested beyond the agent installation so certain functionality may work.  The support matrix has more details on supported operating systems.

  • For linux, this is bundled into an installer
  • Logged in as root run wget http://192.168.6.22/tools/preparevCACTemplate.sh – replace with your server name as necessary (I’ve not configured all network settings for this VM)
    • If wget is not installed, run yum install wget
  • Type ls – notice preparevCACTemplate.sh is grey
  • Now run chmod +x ./preparevCACTemplate.sh
  • Type ls again, notice now its green; +x added execute permission on the script
  • Now run the script;  ./preparevCACTemplate.sh – the vCloud Automation Center Agent Installer will start
VMware vCloud Automation Center / vRealize Automation Application Services linux agent installer

VMware vCloud Automation Center / vRealize Automation Application Services linux agent installer

  • Enter the following information in the wizard:
    • vCloud Automation Center Manager Service Server:  192.168.6.20
    • vCloud Automation Center IaaS Server:  192.168.6.21
    • Application Services Server:  192.168.6.22
    • Check certificates:  n
    • Download timeout:  Just press enter
    • Download and install Java:  y
    • When prompted click Y to install

The installer will download all of the necessary components and place them in the correct location; a nice step forward from vCloud Automation Center and Application Director 6.0.   You should receive a message that the Installation Complete Successfully and Ready to capture as a template… however there is still one more step we actually need to do – remove the 70-persistent-net.rules file.  This file keeps track of MAC addresses and it will change every time we clone the template.  By removing it, it will recreate the file on first boot.

  • Type cd /etc/udev/rules.d
  • Type rm 70-persistent-net.rules
  • Type y
  • Type shutdown now -h to shutdown the virtual machine
  • Return to the vSphere Web Client
  • Right click on the powered off virtual machine and select All vCenter Actions >> Convert to Template

We should now be ready to add the vSphere template as a Blueprint in vRealize Automation Center

Preparing vSphere Templates – vRealize Automation Series Part 13

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