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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 16: Add vCloud Automation Center

As the vCloud Suite proof of concept environment is running and utilizing its resources, you may want to provide a self-service portal for your cloud customers to request new resources for their cloud infrastructure. The VMware vCloud Suite includes the vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) which provides you with a secure portal where authorized administrators, developers or business users can request new services and manage existing resources from predefined, user-specific menus. Before we begin with deployment […]


vExpert 2013 Awardees Announced!

Today, May 28, 2013 John Troyer, Corey Romero and the VMware Social Media & Community Team announced the awardees of the VMware vExpert 2013 program. I’m honored and extremely happy to say that I made it this year! 🙂 “We’re pleased to announce the list of vExperts for 2013. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. We are blown away by the […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 15: Create Custom UI in vCenter Operations Manager

Beside the standard dashboard that comes with the default installation, the vCenter Operations Manager allows you to create your own custom dashboard to meet your specific needs. The design process is done using the custom portal and not in the administration portal. The custom portal can be accessed by typing the FQDN/IP address of the UI virtual machine in the internet browser followed by /vcops-custom/. For example: In this example, I’ll create a custom […]


Veeam Backup & Replicatio​n v7 – Two new features!

As the countdown to Veeam Backup & Replication version 7 continues, Veeam released two additional new features that will be included in version 7. Built-in WAN Acceleration – Built-in WAN Acceleration, which was developed by Veeam and optimized specifically for Veeam backups, copies data to offsite locations up to 50 times faster than a regular file copy. This removes the need to purchase and deploy a general purpose WAN acceleration appliance or acquire additional network […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 14: Configure vCenter Operations Manager

Now the vCenter Operations Manager vApp is deployed, we can proceed with the initial configuration. Initial Setup Open the vSphere Client and log in to the vCenter Server where the vCenter Operations Manager vApp is located. Select the vApp and from the Summary tab click the Available link to open the vCenter Operations Manager Administration page. Accept the SSL security warning and log in with username admin and password admin. In the Initial Setup Wizard, provide […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 13: Add vCenter Operations Manager

So far the vCloud Suite proof of concept has been installed and configured with the vCloud Director with vCloud Networking and Security, vCloud Connector and vCenter Chargeback Manager. In this part we will take a look on how to proactively manage the health of vSphere infrastructure, virtual machines and applications. But also how to spot potential bottlenecks and how to remediate the problems. To do this, VMware offers vCenter Operations Manager, which is also part […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 12: vCenter Chargeback Manager Cost Analysis and Reporting

Now the installation and configuration of vCenter Chargeback Manager is completed, a new chargeback hierarchy can be created. A chargeback hierarchy is an organization of vCenter Server entities and vCenter Chargeback Manager entities. The vCenter Server entities include virtual machines, hosts, data centers, resource pools, host folders, and virtual machine folders. Create New Hierarchy To identify the resource utilization and generate a usage or cost report, we must first create a chargeback hierarchy and add […]

Chargeback Manager

Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 11: Install and Configure vCenter Chargeback Manager

Now that the installation requirements are met, we can proceed with installation of the vCenter Chargeback Manager. In this case, I’ve created a dedicated virtual machine with default settings running Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1. I assume you already downloaded the software and extracted it to a directory. Install vCenter Chargeback Manager Start the executable and wait for the installation wizard. Click Next at the Introduction screen. Accept the EULA and click Next. Click […]