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  • PowerCLI: An Aspiring Automator’s Guide
    Getting into scripting can be daunting. It’s easier to just use existing scripts found online, but if you choose this route you’ll quickly run into limitations. If you take the time to learn how to create your scripts, trust me, you’ll never look back! Automating vSphere is particularly useful for countless applications and the best […]
  • How Can CloudHealth by VMware Help Me?
    Introduction Over the past 12 months we have seen further growth within the cloud, as many organisations scale or create new digital services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Improved speed and agility has allowed businesses to pivot where traditional siloed infrastructure may have caused them to stall. As the usage of cloud services expands, […]
  • Cloud Disaster Recovery Options for VMware Virtual Machines
    Introduction In my day job I am often asked about the use of cloud for disaster recovery. Some organisations only operate out of a single data centre, or building, while others have a dual-site setup but want to explore a third option in the cloud. Either way, using cloud resources for disaster recovery can be […]
  • How to Upgrade to vRealize Operations Manager 8.3
    Introduction Recently I installed vRealize Operations Manager 8.2 in my home lab environment. Less than a week later 8.3 was released – of course it was! The new version has some extra features like 20-second peak metrics and VMware Cloud on AWS objects, but what I’m interested to look at is the new Cloud Management […]
  • Disaster Recovery Strategy – The Backup Bible Review
    The following post reviews The Backup Bible, a 204 page ebook written by Eric Siron and published by Altaro Software. I’ve decided to break this down into a short discussion around each section, 3 in total, to help with the flow of the text. The Backup Bible can be downloaded for free here. Initial thoughts […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vRealize Operations Manager 8.2
    Introduction In this post we take a look at a vRealize Operations (vROps) deployment for vSphere 7; building on the installation of vCenter 7.0 U1 and vSAN 7.0 U1. Shortly after installing vROps 8.2, vRealize Operations 8.3 was released. The install process is similar, you can read what’s new here and see the upgrade process here. […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vSAN 7.0
    Introduction This second post in a new lab series provides a walkthrough for installing the latest iteration of vSAN 7. At the time of writing the latest version of vSAN is vSAN 7.0 Update 1. To read about what’s new see vSphere 7 and vSAN 7 Headline New Features. VMware vSAN is a software-defined storage […]
  • How to Install vSphere 7.0 – vCenter Server Appliance
    Introduction This opening post in a new lab series provides a walkthrough for installing the latest iteration of vSphere 7.0; bringing cloud-native workloads to the data centre with embedded Kubernetes and Tanzu. vSphere 7.0 was initially released in June 2020, and followed up with vSphere 7.0 Update 1 in October 2020. The current version at […]
  • What is Oracle Cloud VMware Solution?
    Introduction Oracle Cloud VMware Solution (OCVS) provides high performance dedicated hardware using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), running the full VMware software stack. Announced August 2020, Existing VMware and Oracle customers can now take advantage of: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model with VMware overlay – abstracting functionality into the software for the customer to control, whilst consuming the […]
  • Relocating UK Public Sector to the Cloud
    Introduction A recent guidance paper published by The Commission for Smart Government urges the UK Government to take action towards transforming public services into intrinsically digital services. The Commission advises the government to move all services to the cloud by 2023. It is clear from the paper that strong leadership and digital understanding amongst decision […]
  • Helping UK Public Sector Organisations Define Cloud Strategy
    Introduction Cloud computing services have grown exponentially in recent years. In many cases they are the driving force behind industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, enabling Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), or the Internet of Things (IoT) powering smart homes and smart cities. High speed networks are enabling secure data sharing over […]
  • Migrate to Microsoft Azure with Azure VMware Solution
    Introduction Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is a private cloud VMware-as-a-service solution, allowing customers to retain VMware related investments, tools, and skills, whilst taking advantage of the scale and performance of Microsoft Azure. Microsoft announced the latest evolution of Azure VMware Solution in May 2020, with the major news that AVS is now a Microsoft first […]
  • Google Cloud VMware Engine Explained
    Introduction Google Cloud VMware Engine (GCVE) is a fully managed VMware-as-a-Service solution provided and managed by Google, or a third-party VMware Cloud Provider, that can be deployed in under 2 hours. VMware Engine runs VMware Cloud Foundation on dedicated Google Cloud bare metal servers, with native cloud integrations including Google’s innovative big data and machine-learning […]
  • AWS FSx File Server Storage for VMware Cloud on AWS
    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is an excellent example of quick and easy native AWS service integration with VMware Cloud on AWS. Hosting a Windows file share is a common setup in on-premises data centres, it might be across Windows Servers or dedicated file-based storage presenting Server Message Block (SMB) / Common Internet File […]
  • How to Deploy VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
    Introduction VMware Horizon Cloud is a cloud-native virtual desktop platform that transforms an organisation’s digital workspace experience. Virtual desktops and applications can be accessed by end-users securely from any device, anywhere, with a cost-effective subscription-based model. Infrastructure administrators can deploy highly available and distributed environments consuming capacity from Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud on AWS, or […]
  • Alexa, Add 2 Hosts to my SDDC
    Recently I was doing labs for the AWS Developer Associate exam when it occurred to me that some time ago, I read a VMware blog about using Amazon Alexa to invoke VMware Cloud Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The post was Amazon Alexa and VMware Cloud on AWS by Gilles Chekroun, and I decided to give […]