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Upgrading Hosts with missing dependencies

with the release of vSphere 7 on the 2nd of April it was time to upgrade the Lab. That said, I deployed a new VCSA. Why a new one you will ask? Well because the old VCSA had some milage and all the settings have been automated over time so why bother treating it as a...

FreeIPA as VCSA Identity Source

Having a centralized Identity management is IMHO mandatory for every environment (not just from a auditing perspective, but maintinging local accounts is a pain in the ass), and since I’m “un-microsofting” the lab (great stuff, but my workrelated focus is shifting, so...

Ansible – Part II

In my last Article I outlined a bit what Ansible is and what you can do with it. As I stated previously you can extend Ansible by adding Modules. Having a VMware vSphere Infrastructure it was a no-brainer to integrate the matching vmware modules. But before you get to...

Ansible – Part I

There are tons of config management / automation tools out there (puppet, salt stack, juju, rudder, CFEngine,.. just to name a few) all with their pros and cons and at the end of the day you have to choose the best fit for your job (if you’re lucky - sometimes you...

Runecast Analyzer

During the Hackathon at VMworld I had the pleasure to work with Runecast´s Ivaylo Ivanov on the same Team, who got me all fired up about the Runecast Analyzer. Back home with some spare time on my hands, I thought I´ll give It a shot. One thing I liked (and also a lot...

To ping or not to ping

Yesterday I came across something i not (yet) fully understand while fiddling around with Ansible in my lab. I was able to run playbooks against my ESXi Hosts and one of my VCSA´s, no problem. Was also able to run a simple Ansible “ping” against my ESXi Host without...

VMworld Barcelona 2018 Day 4

Even though Thursday is marking VMworld Europe 2018´s final day, there are still a lot of sessions going on. Shame on me for missing  the first one on my list, I tried, it wasn’t possible. I checked out the “Enhancing the SDDC with Ansible” with Chris Mutchler which I...

VMworld Barcelona 2018 Day 3

Accompanied by a live band playing Aretha Franklin’s “Think”, Sanjay Poonen -VMware´s COO - kicked off day 3 with the last general sessions. In his energetic speech, Sanjay outlined the Timeline of VMware´s software defined everything.The Session went on with a...

VMworld Barcelona 2018 Day 2

Starting the 2nd Day off with VMware´s CEO Pat Gelsinger. In his General Session “Technology Superpowers” he discussed VMwares´s vision, future and aquisitions.Pat highlighted the 4 Technology Superpowers: cloud, mobile, AI/Machine Learning and IoT/Edge.Together with...

VMworld Barcelona 2018 Day 1

Starting with the TAM Customer Day you have the opportunity to interact with Experts and R&D during Roundtable Sessions. This is an awesome opportunity to gain more knowledge and also address questions and issues directly without opening an SR Ticket with VMware....

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