vRealize Automation v6.2 Announced

So, vCAC 6.1 was finally announced at VMworld US in August and went GA in early September. Included in that release were some much needed bug fixes and enhancements in a number of key areas: New consumer API Improved partner support with vCO Enhanced integrations with vCloud Suite (specifically ITBM) NSX integration Enhanced Puppet integration Localised Consumer Interface in 12 languages (but crucially not British English!) Bulk import tool User interface configuration Enhanced HA deployment Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have announced that vRealize Automation 6.2 is coming (hopefully in Q4 this year). Besides the obvious name change of the product, this version, coming hot on the heels of 6.1, is intended as a maintenance release to fix a number of bugs. But vRealize 6.2 is also intended to introduce some new functionality to complement recently announced changes to vRealize Operations: Integration […]

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vRealize Operations 6.0 Announced

Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have officially unveiled vRealize Operations 6.0. This rebranding of the vCenter Operations Management Suite not only re-positions the product but it also introduces some much needed enhancements and features. Key amongst those are: New Deployment Model vCOps instances were not very scalable in the past. Once you reached a certain level, you’d be forced to deploy another one i.e. another “Analytics VM” and another “UI VM”. Scaling was achieved purely through the manipulation of hardware resources for the VMs. With vRealize Ops 6.0, the analytics and UI components are combined in a single appliance (or apparently a Linux / Windows installer) that can easily be scaled by introduced another instance to the cluster. The product now includes built-in clustering capabilities, enabling very easy scaling between a small deployment and a much larger one as well as […]

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vCAC 5.2.1 Released

I missed this on Thursday. It slipped out quite quietly. However, VMware have now released version 5.2.1 of vCloud Automation Center. Possibly the best way to view this release is as an update-rollup as it includes features and fixes introduced in each of the following Hotfixes to 5.2: Hotfix 1 Hotfix 2 Hotfix 3 Hotfix 4 Hotfix 5 Hotfix 6 Also included are a few changes that seem to me to be aimed at closing a few gaps between 5.2 and 6.0. As far as upgrades go, the upgrade path seems to be from 5.2 only or 5.2.1 can be installed from scratch. There are a couple of installation / upgrade gotchas to be aware of so it’s worth reading the release notes before planning an upgrade. I’ll be giving it a try in the next few days. It’s not […]

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vCHS in the UK

I was fortunate and privileged recently to be invited to the UK launch event for VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK. The first of many planned deployments in the EMEA region for VMware. VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service became public in the US in September last year.  Swiftly afterwards, VMware announced their plans to bring the service to EMEA in 2014 and, as of Tuesday 25th February, it is generally available in Europe. Besides being a blogger, I’m also fortunate to work for a leading VMware Partner in EMEA (Xtravirt). As we’re one of the few Hybrid Cloud certified partners (at the time of writing), I’m hoping to be working on some vCHS projects in the near future. Exciting! Why the UK and Why now? The feedback from EMEA customers indicated that many of them were concerned about data locality […]

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vCAC 5.2 – Accidental Deletion of a non-vCAC VM

It was tempting to call this article “vCAC Ate My VM” but it’s not a useful description of what it’s actually about. I was onsite with a customer recently when an odd bit of behaviour occurred whilst testing some out some code in the BuildingMachine stub. I’ve reproduced what happened in my home lab and while it’s a bit worrying and probably a bug, I’d hesitate to ring the alarm bells too loudly. A bit of scene setting is required to explain this first. The customer wanted to use user specified machine names. The blueprints in use have been configured to request a machine name from the person requesting a VM. This name is also used for the VM’s guest OS hostname during the customization of the VM. Understandably this has to be unique within the DNS zone / network […]

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