VMware vRealize Automation 3 minutes
I’ve been spending some time in my vRealize Automation (vRA) 8.1 lab, specifically the Custom Resource capabilities backed by the embedded vRealize Orchestrator instance. I was following the AD User Custom Resource example from the Docs and kept receiving the following error in vRA: Failed to get request status: 500 Internal Server Error from POST http://tango-vro-gateway.prelude.svc.cluster.local:8080/vro/blueprint/blueprint-provider-request?operation=status 500 Internal Server Error when requesting the Custom Resource I was getting this message in vRA whenever I would try to deploy the Blueprint that contained the newly created Custom Resource.
VMware vRealize Automation 2 minutes
I had a customer recently ask me what vRealize Automation (vRA) 8.1 was able to manage in the public cloud when using blueprints. While I had a very good idea as I’ve got it running in my homelab, I didn’t have any online reference list that I could direct them to. There just isn’t a simple list of it all for a customer to peruse before they have deployed it.
AWS Lambda 4 minutes
Avid readers, I bring to you a nice little update to one of my more popular posts on how to deploy a Hugo website from GitHub to S3 using GitHub Webhooks, API Gateway and Lambda. Since that post, AWS has stated that they will deprecate support for Python 2.7 starting 31st December 2020. Not only that, the requests module has been removed from the AWS SDK for Python so the file downloads that happen in my Lambda function stopped working.
VMware vRealize Log Insight 3 minutes
It’s been a while since my last post! I’ve been spending some time in my homelab with the latest vRealize Suite products. One of those fantastic tools is vRealize Log Insight. I won’t get into the details of the product, but one of the use cases I wanted to tackle for my homelab was ingesting any and all syslog messages I could find. A key piece of my homelab is a PFSense VM that I use for routing and firewall separation between my home network and the components nested snuggly in my HP Z800 Workstation.
VMware vRealize Operations 2 minutes
Hello again! Today a customer was working with the vRealize Operations 8.0 REST API in Postman and trying to bulk delete “Canceled Alerts”. The documentation in the API states that you need to request a DELETE against the https://{vra-fqdn}/suite-api/api/alerts/bulk API and you should be OK. Well, not exactly. I’ll start this post by assuming that you’ve seen the excellent Postman collection on VMware {code}. This will get you up and running quickly and allow you to login and get an authentication token.
VMware vSphere 4 minutes
I recently had the need to ‘prep’ a VM after converting it to vSphere. By ‘prep’ I mean (after you’ve installed VMware tools) do the usual grind of updating the virtual hardware to the latest supported by ESXi, update the vNIC to VMXNET3, and change the SCSI controllers to ParaVirtual. I thought about the times when I was in customer land and we would have to convert VMs from some other platform or in some cases, correct a VM that had been built incorrectly.
VMware vSphere 8 minutes
Note: A bit more testing on my end has found this script is only valuable if your VMDKs are on separate datastores. I am working to find a better metric to pull the data per VMDK. Background Have you ever heard of “Uncommitted Space” in vSphere? It’s one of those things we all seem to ‘know’ without really knowing. It’s a pretty standard metric most commonly found against vSphere Datastores.
VMware vSphere 3 minutes
Note: This post addresses and (hopefully) fixes the cause of the issue found here: vVols Endpoint - Failed to establish connection on ESXi host Recently, one of my customers was trying to refresh the CA store on newly built ESXi 6.7 U3 hosts under a freshly upgraded vCenter Server 6.7 U3 instance. When the admin tried refresh the CA store, they were getting this error message in the vSphere Client:
VMware vSphere 4 minutes
My customer has successfully rolled out VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (or “vVols”) in their environment. They’re loving the simplicity of storage management in vSphere, but were a little stuck when they added a pair of newly installed ESXi hosts to their environment. The hosts were not mounting the vVols datastore as expected meaning hosts could not run VMs backed by vVols. All existing hosts were OK. To start, they dug in to the logs at /var/log/vvold.
FreeNAS 4 minutes
During my time at iseek, a great colleague Angus Kelsey introduced me to a self-hosted budget management application Firefly III. I was impressed with the finish on the product and was happily surprised to find it was open source and could be self-hosted. I’ve got a FreeNAS server running at home for private workloads and wanted to install Firefly III on this server. Can’t be that hard, I thought. A quick search online didn’t find a straight forward article on installing exactly what I needed to get up and running.