Hey All! Now that I’ve lost all my money playing craps, which I finally know how to do, I have some time to pop on here and drop a heads up about a session I’m really excited for tomorrow (today, ugh, mornings going to come early…) Stop by NET7956 and check out VMware’s Ray Budavari and Francesco Vigo from the Network and Security Business Unit talk about ”vRealize Automation and NSX Design Best Practices”.

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I wrote a blog post a few weeks back outlining my personal #VMWorld2016 session “How PG&E is Automating Secure Environments Using NSX, vRealize Automation, and vRealize Orchestrator”. What I didn’t mention is that I’m actually on 2 other Sessions during my VMWorld Stay. These sessions are “Panel” sessions with some great people. I’m incredibly honored and excited to have the opportunity to talk more about what I’ve learned over the past few years working in the Private Cloud and NSX space, as well as what PG&E is doing!

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Partnering NSX with vRealize Automation creates some really intriguing possibilities when you look at taking tasks that a 3rd tier engineer would typically do, and being able to create a workflow that places a tight enough box around the task that a 1st or 2nd tier worker can complete the same task, in less time. This free’s up your 3rd tier engineers to focus on the real complex tasks. From personal experience, tasks like VLAN creation in the physical network realm have always taken a long time to complete.

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I’ve fully bought into the value of leveraging XaaS (Anything as a Service) for a high number of catalog items in your vRealize Automation environment. So much so in fact, that I’m doing a a session on it at VMWorld 2016! This presentation is primarily about using XaaS to deploy systems, instead of the native IAAS “modules” already boxed in vRealize Automation. One thing I tend to do a lot of is build large lists in vRA for various reasons.

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A huge bucket list item for me has always been to speak at VMWorld. I’m pretty excited for the opportunity to talk about what my team has done! It’s been an interesting road building the presentation out and detailing out what I specifically wanted to talk about. Ultimately I settled on Security Automation with NSX, and XaaS (Anything as a Service) and the customization’s we’ve made via vRA with XaaS to meet our business needs.

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Introduction I’ve always wanted this blog to be something that was from a “Customer” point of view - instead of being from a VAR, MSP, or the Vendor directly. As customers we have a unique perspective on how to make these products fit with the goals we have as an enterprise (reads as fitting square pegs into round holes). I wanted to build my lab to show how I’ve made that work as close as possible.

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Introduction Like most, I get the majority of my lab work done in my home at 2am. I’ve got 1 external IP address and multiple services that I want to be able to hit externally. I hate doing random ports for everything and trying to remember what port I’ve mapped to what server. Then I need to Swiss cheese my pfSense firewall and port forward to all kinds of destinations.

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Wow, finally, my first homelab post! My homelab is my primary test bed before implementing things in my production environment. All of my vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) workflows are built and tested here first in “work like” conditions, before I promote them into development at work. One of the most recent items I’ve been working on is a Database as a Service (DBaaS) offering, Essentially, this offering would leverage several Microsoft SQL 2012 servers to allow our end users to provision individual databases to a host.

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Eventually i’ll get to blog about actual Homelab stuff…once my JOB calms down… It’s been a whirlwind of a past couple of weeks. Due to some unfortunate circumstances with a colleague, I was left solo for the past 2 weeks at my company. Ironically - at the same time as all of this went down, we were scheduled for our first major upgrade to our Private Cloud Platform. It was a pretty painless experience with the exception of a few items which i’ll briefly highlight below - and detail further in a later post.

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Well, VMWorld2015 has come to a close, and i’m safely back in the real world. Overall, I felt really happy about the conference. A couple over things I took away VMWare has a real focus on Software Defined Networking - So many sessions focused on designing, implementing, automating, and maintaining (Day 2 Operations) of the SDDC suite. We’re in exciting times with this. I’m no one of those guys that thinks the network team is going to be marginalized - I think their roles are going to be all the more critical now as we shift the repetitious work off of them.

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