I wanted to have a look at using Vagrant with vSphere to help provision a dev environment, mainly for an excuse to have a look at Vagrant. This post will cover the steps I used to get Vagrant up and running, and able to provision a VM on an ESXi host, via vCenter.

To start with, we need a place to run Vagrant. I decided on using a minimal Centos 7 build as my Vagrant host. After installing Centos, the Ruby package will need to be installed. To do so, I followed the tutorial here, covering how to get a recent version of Ruby installed. Once installed you can check the version:

[root@localhost ~]# ruby --version
ruby 2.1.8p440 (2015-12-16 revision 53160) [x86_64-linux]

The version I have installed it 2.1.8. With that done we can move on to installing Vagrant. First we need to download the .rpm package, which can be found here.  On my system, I used ‘wget’ to download the Centos Vagrant rpm file: [click to continue…]

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This post is intended to address the VCAP design objective around gathering and analyzing application requirements. At the time of writing, the required ‘Skills and Abilities’ listed by VMware for this topic are:

  • Gather and analyze application requirements for a given scenario
  • Determine the requirements for a set of applications that will be included in the design
  • Collect information needed in order to identify application dependencies
  • Given one or more application requirements, determine the impact of the requirements on the design

This objective is really about understanding the best practices around virtualising applications, and including the necessary requirements in the design. This begins by determining what those requirements are. [click to continue…]

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VCAP6-DCV Design Journey – Objective 1.1 – Gather and analyze business requirements

June 9, 2017

This post is intended to address the VCAP design objective around gathering and analyzing business requirements. At the time of writing, the required ‘Skills and Abilities’ listed by VMware for this topic are: Associate a stakeholder with the information that needs to be collected. Utilize inventory and assessment data from a current environment to define […]

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vSphere 6.5 – Upload log bundles to VMware direct from the vSphere Web Client

May 8, 2017

I stumbled across this new feature recently when working on a SR with VMware. It’s now possible to upload log files requested by VMware support directly from the vSphere Web Client. To do so, click ‘Administration’ on the menu, then ‘Upload File to Service Request’: From here you can select the file you wish to […]

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Replacing vRealize Operations Manager Certificates

April 7, 2017

I had a project recently to deploy a three node highly available vROPs 6.4 solution. This included the master node, a master replica and a remote collector situated in a different datacenter. Due to security requirements it was necessary to replace the default self-signed certificates with a trusted certificate signed by an internal CA. I […]

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VCSA 6.0 /storage/core 100% Usage

March 9, 2017

I ran into this issue recently when one of the vCenter appliances in my test environment triggered this alarm in the vSphere web client: Logging into the VCSA via SSH and running ‘df –h’ showed that the /storage/core area was indeed 100% utilized:

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AWS VPC Limits Flashcards

January 17, 2017

I’ve created these flashcards on AWS VPC limits as I’m currently studying for AWS certification – maybe useful to some as a study aid! Note that some of the limits can be increased by submitting a request. Check out the link at the bottom of the page for more information. 

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VCAP6-DCV Design – Storage Policies and Storage DRS

January 5, 2017

The intention of this post is to take a look at storage policies, storage vMotion and Storage DRS from a design perspective, to address the exam objective focusing on these technologies. The idea here is not to explain the technologies in detail, there’s plenty of information else where – instead I will look to highlight […]

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VCAP6-DCV Design – Storage IO Control

December 23, 2016

I’ve written about Storage IO Control previously, when covering the VCAP5-DCA objectives. I wanted to revisit the topic as part of my preparations for the design certification. So to start, what is Storage IO Control or SIOC?  VMware state that: “vSphere Network I/O Control (NIOC) and vSphere Storage I/O Control (SIOC) monitors your network  and storage […]

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Upgrading VCSA to 6.5

November 24, 2016

I recently upgraded the infrastructure hosting my lab environment to vSphere 6.5, as it had been running on vSphere 5.5 for quite a while. I was keen to check out the new features 6.5 offers – which are covered in detail here, and wanted to see how smooth the upgrade process is. This post covers […]

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