One of the whitepapers I have been working on has just been published. I have been working on this whitepaper with two of my fellow colleagues, Duncan Epping and Hany Michael. I am extremely excited by the publication of this whitepaper, as it is my first official whitepaper. It has been an interesting challenge and an exciting one to work with Duncan again (first time since the cloud practice days), and to also work with Hany. This whitepaper talks about how to implement a hybrid cloud strategy, and the concepts needed to do this. It covers VMware vCloud Air, VMware NSX and VMware vRealize Automation, and how they fit together to provide you with a hybrid cloud. It also has a really cool diagram produced by Hany. This was such a great project to work on, and was a joint collaboration between the Office of the CTO, the vCloud Air […]
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vCloud Ecosystem components explained
During VMworld Chris Colotti and I presented quite a few group discussions on VMware vCloud. During these discussions some people were amazed to find out how many components/products are involved in making up the vCloud environment. When planning on building a VMware vCloud, you are not just installing vCloud Director and pointing it to vSphere, you are designing/building a whole Ecosystem. The list below shows which components are used in building a full vCloud environment. They are listed in order of priority. vSphere ESXi vCenter vCloud Director vShield Manager vCenter Chargeback Vcenter Update Manager vCenter Orchestrator vCloud Service Manager vCloud Connector So why are these components important? When designing a vCloud environment, you need to take into consideration the availability of certain components, like vCenter for example. This is no longer a management tool that is used to manage your virtual infrastructure. This is a critical component of your vCloud […]
Cannot add groups to vCD after configuring LDAP
I discovered today building a new vCD 1.5 home lab, that once you configure the System LDAP, you dont have the option to add any LDAP groups. This confused me, it was possible to do this in 1.0.x. Why isn’t it available in 1.5? What I discovered is that the GUI is still configured for non LDAP authentication. Once you have configured LDAP and started the synchronization log out of the vCloud Director GUI and back in. You will then see that groups is listed under the administration tab. The GUI needs to update its configuration options. Simple solution, but still confusing until you realise.