VCP6-CMA – Deploying vRealize Components – vRO – Configuration

May 30, 2016

This post follows on from my previous one, where I covered deploying the vRO appliance, along with some initial configuration tasks. Picking up where I left off, the next task is to head back to the vRO appliance’s homepage (https://vRO-FQDN:8281), which is where the vRO client can be downloaded from: The client runs on Windows, […]

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VCP6-CMA – Deploying vRealize Components – vRO – Appliance Deployment and Configuration

May 24, 2016

Following on from my recent posts on deploying vRA and IaaS, this post will cover deploying and configuring the vRealize Orchestrator appliance. Due to resources in my lab environment I will be deploying a single vRO instance, using the embedded database. In production, it’s recommended to use a more highly available configuration for vRO. Deploying […]

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VCP6-CMA – Deploying vRealize Components – IaaS

May 17, 2016

This post follows on from deploying the vRA appliance. Here, I’ll be looking at deploying the IaaS components. I’ll be using the minimal deployment model, which will install all the necessary IAAS components on the same Windows server. In production you’d likely want to use a distributed deployment. The IaaS deployment is made up of […]

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VCP6-CMA – Deploying vRealize Components – vRA Appliance

May 12, 2016

This post is intended to cover the VCP6-CMA objective around installing and upgrading the vRealize components. When deploying vRA its recommended to deploy onto a vSphere dedicated management cluster, with the aim being to have separation between the management/infrastructure components and the virtual machines that provide services to users and run business applications. A typical […]

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Deploying a Secondary Cisco Nexus 1000v VSM

March 22, 2016

I recently wrote about deploying the Cisco n1000v switch in a vSphere 5.5 environment. That post covered the initial deployment and configuration tasks. This post picks up where I left off, and will go over how to add a secondary VSM to add redundancy to the n1000v deployment. Deploying a secondary VSM is very similar […]

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Deploying Nexus 1000v Switch on vSphere 5.5

February 22, 2016

In this post I will cover how to deploy the Cisco n1000v switch on vSphere 5.5 – including the initial deployment of the switch appliance, some initial configuration, followed by deployment of a second VSM to make the deployment highly available. If you’re still reading then you likely already know what the n1000v is and […]

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Etherchannel – Link Aggregation Modes on Cisco Switches

February 9, 2016

This post is a bit of a departure from the usual topics covered on this site, but there’s a good reason, as I’m currently studying to renew my Cisco ‘CCNP’ certification. One of the study topics covers etherchannels and the various ways in which they can be configured. I’m not going to cover what an […]

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AAA – Configuring Authentication on Cisco Devices

January 17, 2016

As the title suggests, this post will take a look at configuring AAA on Cisco switches, which is another of the CCNP Switch objectives. To start off, what is AAA? It stands for Authentication, Authorization and Accounting, and is essentially a framework for controlling access to resources, and auditing that access. Authorization is about identifying […]

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Deploying a Highly Available Platform Services Controller Topology – Part 3 – Configuring Citrix Netscaler

January 15, 2016

This post follows on from my recent posts on configuring highly available Platform Services Controllers. By the end of my previous post on this, I had deployed two platform services controllers, configured as a subordinate CA, and configured with the VMware HA scripts. The next step is to configure the external load balancer to provide […]

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Upgrading Citrix XenServer 6.0.2 to 6.5 Using the Rolling Pool Upgrade

January 4, 2016

I wanted to have a look at the latest build of Citrix XenServer – so thought I’d do a post on the upgrade process. I’m currently running XenServer 6.0.2, and have two hosts configured in a Resource Pool: Looking at the XenServer 6.5 Installation Guide (page 24), it states that a direct upgrade from 6.0.2 […]

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