3108, 2015

vRealize Automation: Troubleshooting Mail Configuration (or notification) Issues

By |August 31st, 2015|vCAC, Virtualization, vRA|0 Comments

On a couple of engagements in the recent past, I encountered situations where I was configuring Inbound/Outbound mail for newly-installed vRealize Automation environments.  Despite assurances from mail admins that settings provided to me by them were correct, I found that mail didn’t just work smoothly and I had to do some minor investigations. There isn’t […]

707, 2015

Workrave: Saving Lazy IT People from RSI (and other ailments)

By |July 7th, 2015|General, Strategy|0 Comments

I don’t know about you but I happen to be pretty lazy when it comes to taking breaks while working in front of a computer. This is especially true if I am working from home. There is always “let me finish this first and then I’ll take a break” which of course, never happens.

Knowing that […]

1806, 2015

Adding PowerShell Hosts with Kerberos Authentication: krb5.conf Explained

By |June 18th, 2015|Orchestrator, vCAC, Virtualization, vRA, vRO|0 Comments

When adding Powershell hosts to vRealize Orchestrator using Kerberos Authentication, one has to create the krb5.conf file. There are various articles on that and the best one I’ve seen is “this one”, so I am not going to repeat all that information here. However, I thought to write something up about what’s important to remember while […]

1106, 2015

Free Learning Library from Packt Publishing

By |June 11th, 2015|General, Virtualization|0 Comments

Today, I found out about an offer that is impossible to resist and thought the word should be spread about it immediately so that people can start benefiting right away. Packt Publishing has started this “Free Learning Library” which means that customers get a chance to grab a free eBook everyday! Book of the day […]

2905, 2015

Storage System not found on HP StoreVirtual VSA

By |May 29th, 2015|Virtual Lab, Virtualization|5 Comments

A quick one this: Yesterday, I had to shut down one of my Shuttles, running my HP StoreVirtual VSA ( Usually, it’s not a problem as there are three nodes in the cluster and it remained up as expected, after the shut down. However, when the node came back, the storage node didn’t come back automatically. […]

2605, 2015

vRealize Automation REST Plugin error: Connection Pool Shut Down

By |May 26th, 2015|Cloud, vCAC, Virtualization, vRA, vRO|0 Comments

A few days back, I was working with REST operations in vRealize Automation when suddenly, I was hit by the following error, when trying to “Invoke a REST Operation”:
Connection pool shut down (Workflow:Invoke a REST operation / REST call (item0)#6)
I checked the inventory and the target host was still there and nothing seemed out of […]

2904, 2015

ProTip: Use “watch” to monitor or troubleshoot ESXi

By |April 29th, 2015|ESX, VMware, vSphere|2 Comments

Just thought I should do a quick post about a command that is extremely useful but often forgotten and that command is “watch”. Syntax of this command is:
where “n” is the interval in seconds (2 by default).

This command is used as a wrapper, to constantly update results from another command, at a […]

3103, 2015

Useful Links for NTP Configuration in vSphere Environments

By |March 31st, 2015|ESX, vCenter, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows|0 Comments

A few months ago, I was helping out a customer with a time configuration issue on their vSphere environment. For one specific question, I investigated and wrote the post:

ESXi Time Configuration: Don’t point it towards the Windows Domain name

However, while doing the investigations, I went through various documents produced by VMware. As NTP (Network Time […]

1202, 2015

Book Review: VMware vSphere Security Cookbook

By |February 12th, 2015|Book Review, Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

Time for a book review. This book was released in November last year so I know it’s a bit late but I’ve just got my hands on it. I hope you won’t mind.

It is written by Mike Greer and is just over 300 pages long, divided into 13 chapters. It starts with a brief introduction […]

602, 2015

CrowdChat on vSphere 6

By |February 6th, 2015|Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

A few days back, Corey Romero asked me if I am interested in co-hosting a CrowdChat session on vSphere. Having never been on CrowdChat, jumping from nothing to co-hosting seemed a bit intimidating but I’ve always liked a challenge so I said yes. Plus, this was another something that I could do for this amazing community easily […]