24 02, 2017

CloudCamp London : Fragmentation Edition

By | February 24th, 2017|Cloud|0 Comments

The Unpanel (from left to right): Chiara Rustici, Mark Craddock, Adrian Colyer, Alex Tijhuis, Kuan Hon Not even Storm Doris could prevent me from attending the CloudCamp event, organised by Cohesive Networks and also sponsored by VMware Code. Due to major travel restrictions and no tubes, I wasn't expecting the turn out to be [...]

2 12, 2015

How To Resolve Issues Connecting vRealize Orchestrator To Hosted ServiceNow

By | December 2nd, 2015|Cloud, How To, Orchestrator, vCAC, Virtualization, vRA, vRO|2 Comments

On one of my vRealize Automation engagements, I was asked by my customer to integrate their vRealize Automation environment with their externally-hosted ServiceNow implementation. Now, this was a typical distributed environment and Orchestrator was buried deep inside a subnet, along with other servers within the deployment. Obviously, the machines talked to each other fine but for [...]

26 05, 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 [...]

8 10, 2014

vCloud Connector 2.6 Node Error: Incorrect URL

By | October 8th, 2014|Cloud, Virtualization|0 Comments

Just a quick note about a weird bug I came across yesterday. I was implementing a vCloud Connector 2.6 setup and about to do "Cloud Registrations" on their respective nodes. However, the following error message was returned when I first tried it: Incorrect url https://<<Domain Name>>.local I double-checked the URL in case it was mistyped [...]

29 09, 2014

vCAC 6.0.1 Upgrade to 6.1: Database Upgrade Script Error

By | September 29th, 2014|Cloud, How To, vCAC, Virtualization|5 Comments

While upgrading a vCAC (vCloud Automation Center) 6.0.1 environment to 6.1 a couple of days back, I hit this error message while upgrading the IaaS database, using the database upgrade script: Java version 1.7 or higher (64-bit) must be installed, the environment variable JAVA_HOME must be sent to the Java install folder, and %JAVA_HOME%\bin\java.exe must [...]

24 02, 2014

Book Review: VMware vCloud Security

By | February 24th, 2014|Book Review, Cloud, Firewall, Review, Strategy, vCenter, vCNS, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vShield, vSphere|1 Comment

Security is a subject that has historically been overlooked by companies/vendors when it comes to deployment of new systems.  Generally, an easy and quick way out is preferred, especially when there are time-pressures to deliver a project or solution. That situation is exacerbated due to the fact that techies don't generally give security much thought [...]

30 09, 2013

How to create shared iSCSI storage for ESXi using StarWind’s iSCSI SAN Software

By | September 30th, 2013|Cloud, ESX, How To, SRM, StarWind, vCenter, VDI, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows, Workstation|3 Comments

In my previous post, I mentioned that I use StarWind Software's iSCSI SAN software to provide iSCSI LUNs for my home lab.  In this post, I'll document the process to create a simple shared iSCSI LUN setup.  Using that, one can provide as many LUNs as required to an ESXi setup, possibly with multipathing - [...]

22 07, 2013

How to Install vCenter 5.1 SSO (Single Sign On): Common Pitfalls and Remedies

By | July 22nd, 2013|Cloud, How To, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|6 Comments

The time has come for me to rebuild my lab after a good few months so I've been trashing and rebuilding all over the place.  While building something, I blog about any issues hit but sometimes, there isn't enough time and you miss a post or two.  This blog post is to correct one of [...]

19 03, 2013

VMware Hybrid Cloud: “There was an error running your last operation….”

By | March 19th, 2013|Cloud, How To, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows|0 Comments

One of my colleagues is currently researching cloud services.  Like me, he is also very interested in VMware Hybrid Cloud and created an account as soon as it was made available.  However, despite using supported browsers, he ran into problems trying to delete a virtual machine that he had created earlier.  Every time he tried, [...]

16 03, 2013

Getting Started with VMware Hybrid Cloud

By | March 16th, 2013|Cloud, ESX, Firewall, How To, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere, Windows|0 Comments

In the past couple of years, the term "cloud services" has become very fashionable.  Every company wants to be on it.  So, even if your day-to-day job is not virtualization, it still makes sense to know about it.  Now, even though a cloud service is just a platform outside your own private environment, to someone [...]