This post is mostly just going to be a short shoutout to a blog that has helped me a few times now. Eric Shanks at The IT Hollow has a great series on vRealize Automation 7. He covers topics from installation and configuration, through administration, integration, and upgrades. I haven’t been through all of it yet, but I’m betting I’ll be referencing most of it over the next few months.
I’ve been quiet on here for a while, and I wanted to give you an explaination. It’s not because I’ve got nothing going on or to talk about. It’s quite the opposite. First I want to say thanks to Ariel, Carl, and the rest of the PGH Little Hack crew for being so welcoming and helpful. They’ve helped me take my Pittsburgh and Central PA VMUG attendances to the next level by pushing me to collaborate and contribute with the vCommunity.
Sometimes it feels like I should just redirect my blog to William Lam’s. It’s not that I read through it, implementing what he wrote about a year ago; but every time I have a task to tackle he’s in Google’s top five results. Recently my question was TLS, and he wrote my answer 18 months ago. VMware has a nice tool with great documentation and the best name: The TLS Configurator.
I’ve been a fan of VMware’s Site Recovery Manager since I began working with it about 5 years ago. It’s a simple but powerful orchestrator to fail over one or all of your VMs to another site. There are plenty of good guides on getting it working, and it is intuitive enough that most of the time you can just wing it; not that I condone that kind of administratorship… :-)
Somewhere between the fat client and the Flash web client, VMware lost the ability to export a VM or template as an OVF. My experience is that though it runs and appears to succeed, you never get a good file out. I’ve tested with multiple vCenters, browsers, VMs, and Flash and H5 clients; it all fails. Enter OVFTool. VMware OVFTool is a command-line utility that allows you to import and export OVF packages to and from many VMware products.