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  • In my efforts to learn more in the Cloud Native Apps space, I recently attended DockerCon 2018 and have been playing around with Docker a bit so I get the basics. Since VMware has Pivotal Container Services (PKS) for self-hosted enterprise ready Kubernetes and VMware Kubernetes Engine (VKE) as an upcoming SaaS offering, I figured it was time to start getting a feel for Kubernetes.

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    • Blueprint
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  • Lightweight DNS Server for Home or Test Lab

    By Burke Azbill / 2018-07-06 14:15:05
    CoreDNS LogoA power outage recently made a mess of my home lab due to a resulting issue with VSAN. As a result, I needed to setup a fresh Virtual Center Server Appliance (VCSA), but my DNS server was on the VSAN! vCenter now requires working DNS resolution during install... What to do??
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  • Please share your code at the Sample Exchange

    By Burke Azbill / 2018-03-19 19:59:52
    VMware CODE Sample ExchangeLast week, I was leading discussions at a Technical session for VMware's internal TechSummit event in Toronto, Canada. During one of the discussions, we ended up on the topic of where and how we were storing workflows and packages we had developed. I was a bit surprised that people in the room had workflows and packages in GitHub repos but weren't aware of some aspects of the Sample Exchange at the VMware Code site!
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  • How to create a Microsoft DNS Dynamic Types plug-in ?

    By Christophe Decanini / 2017-10-18 20:58:12
    On the VMware blog I have explained how vRealize Automation Anything as a Service (XaaS) work with Orchestrator and how a vRO plug-in works.

    In this tutorial I will walk you through how I managed to implement Microsoft DNS as a service I used for the screenshot examples on that blog including:
    • The Microsoft DNS dynamic types plug-in
    • DNS record as a service in vRA
    • DNS record as a blueprint component

    This is the first public tutorial on how to create a Dynamic Types plug-in from scratch and the overall methodology used applies to other integrations.

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    • DNS
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  • In a previous article, I taught you How to retrieve a script Resource from vRO via curl. That can be helpful to some people, but how about updating that script? Easy! Read on...
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  • How to retrieve a script Resource from vRO via curl

    By Burke Azbill / 2017-04-14 02:11:15

    I recently spent time with a customer doing a vRO workshop with them. During the course of the workshop, I was asked how you could retrieve a script that had been stored as a resource element on a vRO server using curl. Well, I had never done that before so I set out to figure it out and was able to provide the solution before I left! Throughout this article, I will be using a vRA 7.2 embedded vRO. The biggest difference here is only the port that we use to access the API. For embedded, it is 443 and standalone vRO uses 8281.

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  • Nuc Nuc Nuc - vSAN !

    By Burke Azbill / 2016-12-28 21:40:46

    In a previous article, I noted that I had won an i3 NUC at VMworld in Barcelona. After playing with that for a few days and helping Alan Renouf test his Home Lab Deployment script, I decided I wanted to have a full 3 node cluster - but with the i5 Processor ... so, I went shopping!
    NUC Lab Parts

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    • Homelab
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  • I recently came across a thread asking about how to disable Storage I/O Statistics Collection using PowerCLI. The thread referenced this article by Michael Webster: Disable SIOC IO Metrics Collection For Auto Tiering Storage Systems . In one of the comments, someone asked about using PowerCLI.. Unfortunately there was no answer there so I thought - I might be able to figure this out! With regards to checking that box, I can't say whether it's a good idea or not, my purpose here was just to illustrate how to do it via PowerCLI and vRO.

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  • How to create USB Boot stick for ESXi

    By Burke Azbill / 2016-12-05 20:00:00

    The Intel NUC has become a popular device for a variety of use cases. It's quite a powerful little box that can be used as a regular Windows/Linux machine, a Home Theater PC (HTPC), or a techie Test/Dev box for many different types of software, including VMware ESXi - and even vSAN! This will be a short blog post on setting up a USB boot stick for the installation of ESXi. The process used here can be put towards any other OS as well.

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