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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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Increasing Allocated Disk Space for an External Platform Services Controller

November 8, 2016

I had an issue recently with logs on an external Platform Services Controller using up over 90% of the available free space on the volume. In the past, when I’ve needed to extend disk space on a VCSA I have followed this VMware KB which instructs how to extend disk space using ‘vpxd_servicecfg storage lvm autogrow’, […]

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Updating VCSA 6.0 to 6.0 U2

October 6, 2016

I recently updated my vCenter Server Appliance and external Platform Services Controller in my lab to 6.0 U2, as I wanted to make use of the re-introduced VAMI, though there are also a number of other improvements.  The VAMI or Appliance Management User Interface has been in the vCenter Server Appliance since version 5.0.  It’s great […]

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Cloning VCSA 6.0

September 26, 2016

I recently had a need to clone my nested lab environment, so I could do some testing without breaking my lab. I had some issues with the cloned VCSAs networking, so posting what I worked through here. When starting the cloned VCSA, the progress bar halted around three quarters of the way along. I hit […]

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VCP6-CMA – Create and Manage Business Groups

July 11, 2016

This post will take a look at creating business groups in vRealize Automation. Business groups are created by Tenant administrators, and are often aligned to a line of business or department. Before a user can request resources in vRA, they must be a member of a business group. One of the requirements when creating a […]

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VCP6-CMA – Create and Manage Reservations and Reservation Policies

July 6, 2016

Reservations and reservation polices are about reserving storage and compute resources for a vRA tenant, which essentially sets a limit on how much resources they can consume. Before members of a business group can request machines, fabric administrators must allocate resources to the business group by creating reservations. Each business group must have at least one […]

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VCP6-CMA – Create and Manage Fabric Groups

June 30, 2016

This will be a fairly short post to cover the VCP-CMA objective around creating and managing vRealize Automation fabric groups. A Fabric Group is a collection of resources that vRA can make use of. Fabric groups can be created by IaaS Admins. Creating a Fabric Group Log into vRA then go to Infrastructure tab | […]

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VCP6-CMA – Adding a vCenter Endpoint

June 30, 2016

This follows on from my recent articles on deploying and configuring vRealize Automation. Before you can start creating fabric groups in vRA, vCenter needs to be added as an Endpoint, so that vRA can access the resources it presents. To add a vCenter endpoint we need to log into vRA (https://FQDN/vcac/) as an IaaS Admin, […]

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