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Automated deployment of vRealize Suite in VCF 4.1 – Part 1

Automated deployment of vRealize Suite is back in VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1! The biggest difference with previous VCF version (3.x) is that the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) is now “VCF Aware”. So, what does that exactly mean? Once the vRSLCM is deployed from the SDDC Manager, that instance will be VCF aware meaning that it is able to exchange the information with the SDDC Manager. For example, software bundles downloaded on the SDDC Manager […]

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My sessions choice for VMworld 2020

VMworld 2020 is just around the corner, content catalog is online, and the schedule builder is also available now but the most awesome thing this year is that VMworld 2020 is totally FREE for everyone! There is some premium content available for a fee but the majority of the sessions are available with the general pass. There is a lot of going on at VMware, and even for a VMware employee as me, it is […]

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Workload Migration to VMware Cloud Foundation using VMware HCX – Part 3

In this article in the Workload Migration to VMware Cloud Foundation using VMware HCX series, we will have a closer look on different migration methods that can be used in VMware HCX. In the previous 2 parts of this series (part 1, part2) we’ve deployed the HCX Managers on the Source and Destination site, configured the Site Pair, created Network & Compute profiles for each site, and we’ve also created a Service Mesh. This means […]

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Workload Migration to VMware Cloud Foundation using VMware HCX – Part 2

In this article in the Workload Migration to VMware Cloud Foundation using VMware HCX series, we will create a site pair, network profiles, compute profile on the Source and Destination site and finally we will create a Service Mesh. This will enable us to migrate the virtual machines using different migration methods. Create Site Pair A Site Pair establishes the connection needed for management, authentication, and orchestration of HCX services across a source and destination […]

Workload Migration to VMware Cloud Foundation
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Workload Migration to VMware Cloud Foundation using VMware HCX – Part 1

Workload migration to VMware Cloud Foundation is discussed on nearly every engagement that I have been working on in the last couple of years in my role as Sr. Consultant at VMware. There are several ways to do this, but in my opinion the most versatile way is to use VMware HCX. Have a look at the “Workload Migration Strategies with VMware Cloud Foundation” white paper written by my colleagues Heath Johnson and John Nicholson […]

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Cleanup ESXi host in VCF

In one of my previous blogs about commissioning and decommissioning ESXi hosts in VMware Cloud Foundation, I’ve included a procedure how to cleanup ESXI host that has been decommissioned so it can be used again in another workload domain. There has been some changes that make this process much easier in VCF 3.5 and later so it is time for an update. Note: the old procedure using the DCUI is still supported. Cleanup ESXi Host […]

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Deploy vRealize Operations Manager from SDDC Manager in VCF

In my previous post, I’ve deployed vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in a VCF environment. From there, you can automatically deploy vRealize Operations Manager from the SDDC Manager dashboard and connect it to your workload domains for monitoring and analysis. Add vRealize Operations Manager license Before you begin the deployment, add a valid vRealize Operations Manager license key into the SDDC Manager license inventory. From the SDDC Manager dashboard, navigate to Administration -> Licensing and click […]

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Offline vRealize Lifecycle Manager deployment in VCF

If you want to deploy vRealize Lifecycle Manager from the SDDC Manager in a situation where internet connectivity is not available to your VMware Cloud Foundation system, VCF offers an offline Bundle Transfer utility to manually download the bundles from VMware depot website to a local machine and then upload them to the SDDC Manager. Before you begin make sure you have a machine (Windows/Linux) with internet access and Java 8 or later installed. In […]