<img src=”/images/2018-04-04-nsx-in-humblelab/05-esg-interface.PNG#center” alt="NSX ESG”;> Introduction NSX is pretty freaking cool (both V and T; although we're exclusively talking about V in this post). It's pretty much the Swiss Army Knife of the modern Software Defined Datacenter. It's time to value is totally unmatched; and the fact that you can consume such advanced services with such basic hardware requirements is unreal. Ever since NSX was added to VMUG Advantage; we've seen a drastic adoption of it in homelabs.

<img src=”/images/2018-03-01-installing-configuring-vrslcm/01-New-Environment.PNG#center” alt="vRSLCM”;> Introduction Going back to my customer days, one thing I've always been impressed by is VMware's ability to build an ecosystem around its products. Being on the inside, it's pretty incredible to see the amount of work going into growing and innovating across so many different products, and the fact that many of them deeploy integrate with one and other is a pretty huge marvel to see

<img src=”/images/2018-03-30-lesson-in-vsan-resiliency/01-2-node.jpg#center” alt="2 Node Direct Connect” style="max-height: 300px; max-width: 300px;";> Short Version.. I was able to rebuild the 2 ESXi Hosts that comprise in my vSAN cluster with no data loss Recovery was pretty easy once I understood the actual process Understanding the command line options of esxcli vsan cluster unicastagent was key Don't mess with the Witness Appliance networking, even in a 2-node direct connect So There I Was… It was a banner maker of bad days.

<img src=”/images/03-15-2018-vmc-api-python/vmware-cloud-aws.jpg#center” alt="VMC API Developer Center” style="width 125px”;> For those purely interested in the code example; here you go! GIST of VMware Cloud on AWS API Example Code - I have also created examples on the VMware Code Sample exchange here. Introduction I've been playing with the REST API for VMware Cloud on AWS a lot lately for a variety of reasons. This has given me a good view into a lot of use-cases where programmatic access would be preferred to the “point and click” of the GUI (although the GUI is pretty nice…that ClarityUI though!

<img src=”/images/2018-02-26-whats-in-the-lab-2018/01-homelab-summary.PNG#center” alt="vCenter Summary” style="width 700px”;> Introduction I've been a huge proponent of having a homelab in one way or another for the better part of the past 10 years. In my current role, I have access to a ton of different types of virtual environments, but theres no substitute for having an environment that you can tinker in and play with end to end. Furthermore; I'm a huge believer in having experience setting up and configuring the solutions from the ground up.

Quickly Setting up the Kubernetes Dashboard In the process of writing my post around setting up VMware Dispatch I found that I was doing a lot of digging around setting up Kubernetes Dashboard. I felt like this would be a great additional post for those of you who are starting to dive into managing/configuring/deploying Kubernetes more. The dashboard is a huge help in keeping an eye on your environment, and is pretty easy to setup.

VMware Dispatch - An Open Source Platform for Serverless Applications Late last week, VMware released Dispatch, an open source Serverless framework. You can check out the blog post here I've been in contact with the team behind Dispatch, a really great group of folks who roll up to our Office of the CTO internally. The team is doing some really incredible stuff as part of our internal xLabs program. Dispatch I'm sure is just the start of what's to come!

If you have visited my blog previously, you'll notice that the design has largely changed. In case you need a reminder of the old design… <img src=”/images/2017-12-28-Redesigning-my-blog-with-clarity/oldblog.png#center” alt="Old Blog Design” style="width 700px”;> I've finally found some time to jump in and integrate the HTML components of ClarityUI into my hugo blog. My buddy Grant Orchard beat me to the punch in styling his blog with ClarityUI a few months back - so now that I've finally jumped on the wagon, I wanted to get this post out to be a bit of a tour around some of the features I've setup on mine.

This weekend I discovered Packer from HashiCorp. And My World Was Changed…Just Way After Everyone Else I had decided to add a few more catalog items to vRealize Automation and realized that I didn't have any Ubuntu templates loaded in my environment. I figured I would load up a couple builds - specifically 16.04 and 17.04. I hopped on Google and started looking for best practices around configuring a Ubuntu template and stumbled upon articles discussing automating template builds with something called Packer.

Key Takeaways The VMware Virtual Reality Datacenter Experience repo has gone live! Visit Alan's blog post here for more details The GitHub to contribute is here The page for more information is here Created through an internal VMware Hackathon (have I mentioned how much I love working here?) by an all-star team consisting of Alan, William Lam, Yateendra Kulkarni, Vinod Pai and Steve Trefethen The VMware Virtual Reality Experience Alan Renouf dropped a huge release today, the Virtual Reality experience his Hackathon team built out to prove the concept of accessing a vCenter cluster using an HTC Vive VR kit.