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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We continue to adventure into a time vortex. This is now Friday that I am writing a post about Wednesday. I still have Thursday to write about! INF5800 – «Zero Touch» ESXi Deployment, Configuration & Upgrades with AutoDeploy and Host Profiles Full transparency - I’m one of I think few «Enterprise Grade» VMWare Administrators who have never worked with Auto deploy. I know of it, I know what it does, but I’ve never configured it.

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This blog post was pulled directly from my Day 2 Ramble. This session was so informative - that it merited it’s own posting independently. The items coming in vRA Next are truly going to make it a force to be reckoned with within the Private and Public Cloud space. Its deep integration’s with VMWare’s Suite of products is going to be amazing to see come to life! This session was the session I had been waiting for.

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As I’m writing this, it’s day 3. I feel like im caught in a time vortex - revisiting the past while thinking about sessions from the present knowing that i’m about to enter the future. Time travel is a blog for another day. Yesterdays sessions were - MGT5952 – What’s New and What’s Next in VMware vCloud Suite MGT5905 – How VMware uses vRealize Suite to Manage Its Engineering Labs: A Deep Dive MGT5956 – Automating SDDC using Blueprints: A foundation for DevOps MGT5973 – Automate the Deployment of NSX and Micro-Segmentation: A Deep Dive INF5211 – Automating Everything VMware with PowerCLI: A Deep Dive

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For Day 1, I had the following sessions scheduled. MGT5913 — How VMware Improved Developer Productivity with vRealize Automation to Deploy the vRealize Automation Application Stack NET5529 — The Practical Path to NSX MGT5360 — Introducing Application Self-Service with Networking and Security Using vRealize Automation and NSX I’d like to touch on my thoughts on each of these sessions and they translate to a business, and my lab where applicable…

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This post is the first post in my introductory series on my VMWorld experiences. As with all things, my opinions and personal experiences are my own and are no reflection of the company I work for. Through a series of events I was able to actually attend VMWorld 2015. This was my first VMWorld adventure. With my companies heavy focus on vCAC/vRA/vBlock/EHC/NSX/vWhateveElseWeCanThinkOf. I got my tickets only 3 weeks ago, so many of the sessions I really wanted to get into were already full.

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