VMworld 2016 – Another speaking session added

Ah what a glorious week leading up to VMworld. I love the buzz and excitement as well as being a representative for some of the coolest tech in the world. Due to some of the work here I recently got asked to come in and speak with Bryan and Daniel who are doing some killer work using vRA to automate vRA. If you’re going to be around on Thursday please come see me and them at


or join my special group discussion on Wednesday (This is a very limited capacity so register early and enjoy the lively discussion)


and of course if you’re interested in the future of containers as a service




vRealize Automation 7 – Agent Install Wizard for 7.0 thru 7.1

As Hannibal from the A-Team used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together!”

Well thanks to the work over the past few months it’s all starting to come together. First I created the installer workflows that made it easy to build out a install wizard, then I updated the combination of prepare_vra_template.ps1 scripts to support 7.0-7.1 for Windows guest, and now I’m releasing the quick and easy way to get your software components provisioned with 2 fundamental steps.

  1. Run install wizard in vRO
  2. Check the box in vRA on your blueprint

That’s all you need to do to be up and running with software components! As usual I’ve recorded and provided the video to you below. Continue reading

vRealize Automation 7 – vRA Windows Agents Deployment Script

Quick background story cause I think you all have been there… You get this great automation that works flawless on day 1 then you find yourself running to fix it as new releases start to come out. So here’s my example!

December 2015, vRA 7.0 is released and I immediately see ways to automate the agents and give you an even quicker time to value for vRA. Continue reading

Join Me At VMworld – Event broker group discussion has been added!

Well VMworld is finally here this month and I’m in full preparation for my breakout session with Paul, meetings with customers, and all around fun in Las Vegas! If you followed any of my earlier posts you’ll likely recall that I had submitted a number of sessions but due to the limited slots I couldn’t get one focused the Event Broker. Continue reading

vRealize Automation 7.1 – OOTB IPAM integration with Infoblox Webinar Intro

Well ladies and gents it’s almost that time again, time for the next major release of vRA and this time with 7.1 we’re adding some great out of the box content which includes a direct integration with our partners from Infoblox.

Below is the info and a link to register for the introduction webinar.

Streamline IPAM-DNS Operations in a VMware Cloud Environment
As the number of VMs in your SDDC continues to grow, the task of assigning IP addresses and DNS host records for VMs becomes very challenging.
Join this webinar for a chance to win an Apple Watch; and learn how Infoblox DDI and VMware vRealize Automation can help you:
  • Automatically scale services up and down
  • Reduce time to value
  • Support your next-generation virtual data center
  • Utilize IT resources more efficiently
Watch a live demo on how Infoblox out-of-the-box integration with VMware vRealize Automation can automatically provision and de-provision VM IP and DNS host records in minutes.
See how easy it is to scale VMs up and down as well as how to automatically provision an NSX load-balancer.


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Introduction to Containers as a Service – Come see us at VMworld!

Are you struggling to keep developers from utilizing Amazon and Google services? Have you seen an increase in large Linux servers being requested? Do you want to provide a service offering that your developers can and do want to use? Look no further than this session.


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vRealize Automation 7 – Custom request form using XaaS

Have you ever wanted to simplify the catalog request form? Maybe your users don’t qualify to know how many CPUs or Memory are needed? Perhaps all you need is to have a custom request form using XaaS!

Well today I’m here to help with a simple workflow that you can customize to make your own request form. As always feel free to check out the video below, and download the package from here.

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vRealize Automation 7 – Custom Email Notifications with the Event Broker part Duex


As promised from a few weeks ago I set out to solve the one hole I’ve found with the event broker in vRA 7. As you all know if you read vRealize Automation – Custom Email Notifications with the event broker there are lots of great ways deal with custom html notifications. The event broker exposes all of these phases to take advantage of, the issue of course is that the event broker is only part of those lifecycle phases and doesn’t tie into software components today.

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Are you ready for PaaS?

Platform as a Service technology has been around for a number of years.  Recent business initiatives have created a need for a solution that can speed delivery of applications.  Pivotal Cloud Foundry has seen a growing interest as well as investments.  Ford and Microsoft were recently announced as investors.  As companies develop their DevOps strategy many of the tools have to be integrated together because they are using multiple tools.  With Pivotal Cloud Foundry many of the components are already built into the solution.  If you are looking for an example there is an article about AllState and their experience.

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Change in IT is Inevitable, Part 3

Hopefully you can now appreciate why Couchbase server like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and other cloud vendors are doing so well. They have developed Salesforce integration services due to which customers don’t have to wait on IT approvals, procurement of hardware or any other IT processes that slow down requests for resources.  This is something we need to think about and start to map out what makes sense to deliver internally versa externally.

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