New Technical Whitepaper - KEMP Virtual LoadMaster

I'm happy to announce that following on from VMworld 2014 in Barcelona, I've authored a

VMware Documentation on Amazon Kindle

Since moving to Lincolnshire in August 2014 and whist still working on customer sites in London the majority of the time, I found myself doing
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vRealize Automation 6.1, SSO and the Identity Appliance

There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not the Identity Appliance that ships as part of vRealize Automation (previously known as vCloud
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New ESXi Whitebox Servers for Home Lab

I’ve been thinking about retiring my old home lab server hardware for some time now. I’ve had two little HP ProLiant ML110 G5 servers for
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04 Jul 2015
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vSphere 6 makes managing SSL certificates a lot easier than previous releases. It ships with its own Certificate Authority, (VMCA) that issues certificates for all components on your behalf, rather than having to replace each service certificate manually, or relying on self-signed certificates. This new VMCA comes with the Platform Services Controller (PSC) that can be installed as a separate appliance, or embedded within the vCenter Server installation or Appliance.

By default, the VMCA will self-sign its own certificate to be used as a CA certificate that will sign all requests for certificates. This self-signed CA certificate can be replaced by a certificate that is signed by a 3rd party root CA or your own root CA. Any certificate signed by the VMCA, which is an intermediate CA to your root CA, can then be validated by clients with the root CA and VMCA certificates installed.

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18 Apr 2015
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I've decided to create this dedicated page where I'll place "one line scripts". I sometimes use these one line commands to run reports on vSphere or SCVMM inventories, if I'm not permitted or able to run full length scripts in an environment.

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04 Apr 2015
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Yesterday I found myself in the middle of a debate on Twitter surrounding DevOps and the future of infrastructure admins. The whole thing was really triggered by a tweet sent by John Troyer where he stated; "Both O'Grady (New Kingmakers) & Chen (Developer-Driven Infrastructure) say "Devs Rool, IT Droolz". How do IT pros adapt?"

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31 Mar 2015
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I've built up and tore down my vRealize Automation lab several times in the past month in order to familiarize myself with some of the pitfalls. As a result, I've run into some installation gotchas that I noted down, and decided to post them here.

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30 Mar 2015
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VMware vRealize Automation makes it easy for us to provide our end users with the ability to request and manage their own virtual machines using a “self-service” portal. With very little configuration required, we can add vSphere virtual machine templates to a vRA service catalog for users to consume. vRA can then handle the request management for new virtual machines and when approved by the appropriate approvers, even provision the new VMs by cloning the template.

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03 Mar 2015
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I’ve recently published a whitepaper on KEMP Technologies’ range of commercial "LoadMaster" load balancer products that can be found via this post. Now KEMP has introduced a free version to their LoadMaster range of products. This is to provide small businesses and developers with robust and proven load balancing capabilities free of charge.

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