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How to add existing vSphere tags in terraform – vSphere Provisioner

So I’ve been using terraform for quite sometime now for building-tearing down my kubernetes cluster. One thing that is missing on the provisioned Virtual Machine are tags which I exclusively use for my backup-schedule retention (Veeam). Quick Introduction on Terraform: Terraform lets you “codify” the desired state of your infrastructure. This is awesome as it can be tracked/ checked-in on your favor
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NSX-T configuration error on ESXi Hosts

I recently uninstalled NSX-V on my environment to prepare for NSX-T. Unfortunately, I encounter the following error when I try to configure/ install NSX-T: Failed to install software on host. Failed to install software on host. esxidr01.ldc.int : java.rmi.RemoteException: [ProfileValidationError] File path of ‘/etc/vmware/firewall/netCPRuleset.xml’ is claimed by multiple non-overlay VIBs: {‘VMware_b
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Creation of Kubernetes Cluster: Personal Experience

More than one way to skin a cat. The old adage which basically means there are multiple ways to achieve a goal. This is no different in IT and for creating Kubernetes clusters – there have been multiple ways in standing up a fully functioning cluster. Here are some of the I’ve tried and my experience of doing it: If you want an opinionated way of doing it, go PKS (https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Enterpr
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Generating Certificate for vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

I recently installed vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (2.x) – and from the VVD guide it supposed to have the “generate certificate” option in the solution. https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Validated-Design/4.2/com.vmware.vvd.mseg-lcm-deploy.doc/GUID-0518C51B-92B2-4469-98F8-C3D968724FD5.html For the version I installed: Build 10150522 it didn’t have the option for such – instea
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Fully Featured vSphere Client in vSphere 6.7…

Fully Featured vSphere Client in vSphere 6.7… We’re pleased to announce that the vSphere Client is now ‘Fully Featured’ in vSphere 6.7 Update 1. This means that you can manage all aspects of your vSphere environment using the HTML5-based vSphere Client, no need to switch back and forth between the vSphere Client and the vSphere Web Client. We’ve ported all remaining features VMware Social Media Advocacy
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vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now available!

vSphere 6.7 Update 1 is now available! Download VMware vSphere. Run fewer servers and reduce capital and operating costs using VMware vSphere to build a cloud computing infrastructure. VMware Social Media Advocacy
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Have you checked out the VMworld 2018 Europe…

Have you checked out the VMworld 2018 Europe… VMworld 2018 Europe takes Barcelona by storm this November. Meet experts, learn about industry hot topics, preview new hands-on labs, and attend networking events. VMware Social Media Advocacy
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Some vCloud Director Action (8.2) – gotchas I encountered in the field!-UPDATED

I recently got engaged (NOTE: dragged) to work on HA testing for vCloud Director installation. The setup is a full blown VCD setup that will be used for external customers. Full blown meaning: customized front end, 3 xCells, 2 x AMPQ, 3xCassandraNode, and a partridge in a pear tree. Anyway – just wanted to document some ad-hoc tasks we did: How to NUKE/ clear Cassandra DB: Stop cassandra service Delete contents
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Just passed: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation Design Exam!

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in the following section is purely my own. So I just passed the VCAP-CMA Design exam and overall – I have a mix feelings about it. For one – this is a pure contrast with the deploy / administration exams track which focuses heavily on real-world/hands-on familiarity of the solutions. The multiple choice style question ‘ala VCP’ felt like a chore considering s
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