OpenStack Client Docker Container

OpenStack has been my world for the past 8 months. It started out with the a work project to design and deploy a large-scale VMware Integrated OpenStack environment for internal use. It then became the […]

Post-Defense VCDX Thoughts

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a […]

Bind Docker Container for vPod Lab

I am currently working on building out a vPod nested ESXi lab environment that will be deployed through OpenStack’s Heat orchestration service. As I worked out the vPod application components, I realized that I wanted […]

Install VMware Integrated OpenStack on VCF

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I am currently pursuing my VCDX certification and the design I have submitted is based on VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Integrated OpenStack. As part of the required documentation, I included a deployment guide — […]

Restarting OpenStack Management Services

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  Note: The following blog post is only relevant to VMware Integrated OpenStack deployments. In a pilot environment running VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) v3.0, one of the ESXi management nodes experienced a network isolation event. As […]

SSL Certificates for VMware Integrated OpenStack

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VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) enables SSL encryption by default and will be installed with a self-signed certificate. In order to provide your own certificate from a trusted CA, the VIO management VM includes command-line tools […]

vDM30in30 Wrap-up

The vDM30in30 challenge is complete! It was an amazing challenge to post almost every single day over the course of the month of November. I feel good about the quality of posts I put out, […]

Troubleshoot OpenStack Neutron + NSX

OpenStack Neutron likes to use some pretty awesome reference IDs for the tenant network objects. You know, helpful strings like ec43c520-bfc6-43d5-ba2b-d13b4ef5a760. The first time I saw that, I said to myself that is going to be […]

Using the VMware Validated Design Reference Material

Caution, this post is highly opinionated. I am deep into the process of completing my VCDX design documentation and application for (hopefully) a Q2 2017 defense. As it so happens, a short conversation was had […]

Recommended Read – SFlanders.net

VMware has a lot of products that compose the SDDC stack. Out of all of them — after the foundational ESXi — vRealize Log Insight had become my absolute favorite product. It is one of the […]