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Create your own vCloud Download lossless vApp Template workflow in less than 5 minutes

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vCloud Director 5.1 has some new features, one of them allows to keep vApp Templates information that are by default discarded. My colleague William Lam covers this very well in this article. If you think this would be good to have this functionality as a workflow then you can have it in about 5 minutes with creating it on your own.

Code snippets : Using vCloud Director object metadata

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Setting metadata on vCloud Director objects is a convenient way to extend their properties with whatever information you need to attach to these. This is very useful to include information on the object lifecycle or to reference other objects. For example I like to reference the vApp Template a vApp was issued from with adding a "vAppTemplateReference" metadata. Another use of the metadata is that you can search for these using the query service.

The vCloud DIrector plug-in has built in workflows for managing custom properties on vApp and VMs (storing these in the productSection if the OVF) but these are not the same as the metadatas. The metadatas can be applied to a lot more objects such as VDC, storage profile, catalog, catalog item, disk, Org VDC network, media, external network).

This article shows how to use these in vCloud Director 1.5 and in 5.1.

vSphere 5.1 Web client - The single pane of glass I always wanted

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If you were at VMworld, during Steve Herrod (VMware CTO) session you could answer in real time to some questions. One of them was Over the next 3 years, how do you plan to manage your hardware infrastructure for your VMware environment ? Primarily from:

  • vCenter : 62%
  • A converged hardware management tool: 32 %
  • Existing element management tools: 6%

It is a good thing most of you want to, it is even better that the vSphere 5.1 Web client enables you to manage pretty much anything you want (and not just physical). Here are a few examples.

Time to get your hands on the most complete cloud orchestration

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The VMware vCloud suite was made available a few hours ago. While most of its components have been bumped only by a dot one it supports a LOT of new features including two major items :

  • The new vSphere Web client : The single pane of glass user interface on which you can extend functionality on your own by running your own custom workflows automating and integrating VMware and third party applications.
  • The new vCenter Orchestrator platform : The Nirvana of cloud Orchestration. Did I mention it is coming free of charge with vCenter Server ?

If this is the right time for you to try these check this out ...

VMware released vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) version 3.0

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As part of the Cloud Infrastructure and Management Center of Excellence Team who worked on this project we are glad to announce the release of the new vCloud Architecture Toolkit. Amongst many enhancements, this version covers vCenter Orchestrator best practices that have been proven in real-world enterprise and service provider cloud deployments. It also includes a Workflow examples implementation guide and its workflows.

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NUC Lab Kit

Below are my thoughts for a vSAN nuc lab. Since I already have cables, not including them here. I ordered (and received by Nov 30, 2016)
3 x nuc, 3 x 32GB Crucial mem, 3 x Toshiba NVMe drive, 3 x Startech USB to GB NIC, and 3 x Crucial 1TB SSD. I've also been very happy with my Cisco SG300-10 so I bought one more since my existing one only has one port available. Each of the items listed here are linked below - all were purchased using the provided links below.
single NIC (See this post for details on using the USB -> GB NIC item listed below

I stayed with the i5 for the power consumption and form factor vs. the i7 Skull Canyon ;)