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VMware vCloud Director 8.0 Beta

VMware has just opened up an open beta for VMware vCloud Director 8.0 version. This is a major new release of vCloud Director and has lots of integration with new and important products to enable cloud providers deliver a true seamless cloud experience. I am now hearing people say, why would I want to test vCloud Director? Well, firstly if you are a service provider and are part of the vCloud Air Network, this will eventually become the latest version that you will be deploying. Secondly, it comes packed with cool features and integration with other VMware products. Just look at the list: vSphere 6.0 and NSX 6.1 compatibility Virtual Data Center (VDC) templates for self service enablement of OnDemand infrastructure vApp enhancements for better usability VM limits and throttling to drive better operation efficiency and minimize noisy neighbor issues in multi-tenant environments OAuth suport in authentication providers Better provisioning […]

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vCloud Air Technical Marketing is Hiring

vCloud Air Technical Marketing is Hiring

Looking for a new career? Are you someone who likes to teach technology to people? Do you get a buzz out of presenting to large crowds live on stage? Know about Cloud, Storage and Management? VMware’s vCloud Air technical marketing team might be looking for you. The team that I work in is currently looking to recruit two people to help create new content, assist customers with their use cases for cloud, and to talk to the virtualization community about cloud and how it can help drive customers business develop. Preferred candidates would be based on the west coast, or willing to relocate to Palo Alto. Job Description: The vCloud Air Platform team is looking for a Technical Marketing Manager (TMM) to support our growing user community. The candidate should have hands-on experience with virtualization (vSphere) or cloud (such as AWS, Azure, etc.) technologies and experience blogging or presenting about […]

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vSphere Replication Unable to obtain SSL certificate – Bad Server Response

Working on upgrading our vCloud Air TMM lab today, I came across an interesting error that had me baffled for quite some time. I was upgrading the vSphere Replication Appliance from version 5.8 to version 6.0 and everything went smoothly.  After logging out and clearing the cache for the web browser (as documented here), I came across a new field that needs to be configured for the vSphere Replication Appliance to work.  Its the LookupService Address.  This didn’t exist in the previous version, but easy I thought.  Lets enter the vCenter server FQDN and away we go. vSphere Replication Unable to obtain SSL certificate Then I received the error: Unable to obtain SSL certificate: Bad server response; is a LookupService listening on the given address? If you perform a quick google, you are reffered to this KB article, but DNS wasn’t the problem, I could ping both the long FQDN […]

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Subscription Cloud

Hey, where has my Subscription Cloud gone?

I received an email today asking “Hey Dave, where has my Subscription Cloud gone?”.  I responded with Let me Google that for you… Actually I didn’t because I knew why they were asking. As of yesterday 20th January, VMware announced its new vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud On-Demand offering. Read here all the details. This has brought with it a completely new interface for logging into your VMware vCloud Air Subscription based clouds.  Its actually really straight forward to access all your subscription based clouds. The first thing you notice is that now redirects to, presenting you with a different login screen Lets login and see what we find.  In the old days, once we logged in, we would see a list of regions and our clouds underneath these regions.  However with the release of VPC On-Demand we have the ability to add different services to our clouds. […]

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vcloud air disaster recovery

Enhanced vCloud Air Disaster Recovery features coming soon

Lots to talk about over at VMware’s Cloud Services Business Unit.  Yesterday VMware made the Virtual Private Cloud On-Demand Generally Available which is the new pay as you go credit card offering.  They also announced enhanced Disaster Recovery features that will be released in the coming months.  I think this announcement went a little unheard due to the big splash On-Demand made. This release is of particular importance to me, as it is the one I am concentrating all my time and effort developing demo’s, video’s, tutorials, use cases and presentations on, so excuse me for being a little excited lol.  I will also be talking about this more in-depth at the London VMUG on 22nd January. The three key features for the next release of vCloud Air Disaster Recovery are: Native Fail back Native fail back allows you to replicate your virtual machines back to your on premises datacenter, […]

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