Month: May 2013

Friday Shorts – vClouds, Veeammy Secret Features, DMZ stylin, Sysprep

So join now, ’cause at the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than just being really, really, really good looking. Right kids?!. – Derek Zoolander from Zoolander Veeam keeps packing on features On Monday of last week, Veeam announced a couple of pretty cool new features that will be bundled in with the others that they have been slowly releasing over the last few months. One question that i have seen come up many times in the Veeam forums, sometimes even authored by myself is what the best way to get your backups offsite may be. Well Veeam has answered that with their very own wan acceleration and data movement options. Yup, your backup vendor is not only providing you with the option to move those backups offsite, but are now providing you with the most efficient way to do so. Veeam is slotted to be GA sometime in Q3 of this year! Cant wait! In the mean time have a look at what Veeam has put together for their monthly draw, a pretty sweet mobile lab that I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on. DMZ and VMware vCloud Networking and Security You know vShield right? Ever wonder what VMwares’ recommendations are about how to properly design, configure, secure...

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vExpert – What it means to me!

There have been a ton of vExpert posts over the last few days since the announcement of the 2013 recipients so I’m just going to throw another one into the fire!  Once again I’m stoked to be nominated as a 2013 vExpert!  I find it amazing to look at my growth over the last three years and am proud of how far I’ve come, both professionally and personally and a big part of that is a direct result of this community. So a big thank you to VMware, John Troyer, and the rest of the community team and most importantly the community itself.  I’ve always said that my main reason for starting this blog, doing those VMworld/VMUG presentations, evangelizing technology in general is not to gain titles like vExpert (although I’ll take it, it’s pretty sweet) it was to simply give back to the community that I’ve gained so much from. More so than the title, it’s really the retweets, the comments, the thank you emails, the suggestions, the help and the feedback that I get from all of you that makes all of this worthwhile and self fulfilling.  Also big congrats to all of the new and returning vExperts!  There is a lot of them which is super awesome!  Honestly it’s a great group of people with a lot of brain power and its’ quite humbling to have my...

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My First vCenter Orchestrator Workflow – Part 6 – Resources

OK!  Finally the end of this series!  Honestly without the existence of the following resources there is no chance in hell that I would have been able to even develop a simple workflow, let along start scripting and what not.  I was a couple weeks into vCO before I even learned that you can switch to ‘design’ mode 😉 So, if you are looking for some awesomeness on vCO, have a look at the following… Official vCenter Orchestrator Documentation – Should really be your first go to reference for all that is vCO Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator – Although official docs SHOULD be your first go to item – I find that this book written by Cody Bunch actually IS my first go to reference. www.vcoteam.info – Great blog with a ton of script examples and whatnot!  Bookmark this… www.vcoportal.de – Ditto to the above line, might better bookmark this on while you in your bookmarks…This is a fabulous blog! VMware vCenter Orchestrator blog – the official blog from VMware centered around vCO. VMware API and SDK documentation – this always helps when trying to determine what type of objects or properties any given function requires. Good Ol’ Twitter – Follow @cody_bunch, @josh_atwell, @vCOteam, @technicalvalues – there are a ton more but these are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head...

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Friday Shorts – #Veeam SureReplica, #TOVMUG wagging, Au Revoir Les Habitants!

And now a 24th Stanley Cup banner will hang from the rafters of the famous Forum in Montreal! The Canadiens win the Stanley Cup!. – CBC’s Bob Cole in the dying seconds of game 5 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals Veeam v7 adds SureReplica Veeam has announced another feature of their upcoming release of Backup and Replication v7.  This time, applying the virtual lab and their SureBackup technology to your Veeam Replica’s – SureReplica.   A lot of environments I have seen that use Veeam use it to backup locally and replicate to a DR site.  So being able to put all of those dedicated resources in your DR site to work and spin up those replica’s inside isolated labs is a pretty awesome feature.  Aside from simply ensuring the integrity of the replica there are many use cases for an isolated virtual lab.  Think of things like patch management testing, application update testing, penetration testing, the list goes on and on!  This was only the 7th feature unveiled of v7 and Veeam has a couple more to showcase before finally releasing the product sometime this year 🙂   Sign up if you interested in being on of the first to know the new features. TOVMUG Represent! You can’t be involved in the virtualization community and not know about Mike Lavericks’ chinwags!   If you don’t, certainly his latest...

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My First vCenter Orchestrator Workflow – Part 5 – A little bit of SQL

Thus far in this series of posts we have installed and configured vCenter Orchestrator as well as setup and utilized a couple of plugins; the vCenter plug-in and the PowerShell plug-in.  Before the series ends I wanted to go through one more plug-in.  The SQL plug-in.  The SQL plug-in is used for, well, you guessed it; running SQL queries against a database.  If you remember in Part 4 we setup a workflow that took two input parameters; a host and a location code.  The script then went on to create a new port group on a vSwitch named locationcode-VM_Network.  The logic in itself works fine and the workflow validates, the only problem I see with it is that the user needs to enter the ‘location code’ manually as an input.  Now I know you are all very careful and take your time when doing things, but I’m not, and more than likely after doing this 40 or 50 times you can count on me keying in that location code wrong 🙂 – Enter the SQL plugin. So the setup is as follows; I have a database containing a table with the following columns; locationcode and deployed (boolean).  What I would like to do is have an input parameter that would allow me to select the location code from a list of non-deployed locations in a drop-down box (rather than manually enter this information...

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