AWS S3 Backups for vCenter Server Appliance

Update: Confirmed to work with vCenter Server v7.0. If you had previously configured the backups in vCenter Server v6.5 or v6.7, those settings are lost during the upgrade to v7.0 and will need to be configured again. This post is the third one in a series on how to setup an AWS Storage Gateway VM, configure NSX-T Manager backups with […]

Home Lab SDDC – Version 2.0

When I posted on Twitter that I had begun building out a new home lab SDDC, I had several people reach out and ask me to document what I was building. After a few years of regularly leveraging a physical SDDC environment inside a VMware data center (perks of my previous role), I realized that I needed to build a […]

VMware SDDC Failure Scenarios

Recently I have been having conversations around operationalizing SDDC environments, understanding what to monitor, and the most common failure scenarios. There are a myriad of monitoring tools and services out there that can be leveraged to varying degrees to monitor physical and virtual infrastructure. Over the course of my career, I’ve leveraged nearly a dozen different tools for monitoring and […]

VMworld 2018 EMEA Sessions

The VMworld EMEA show is off to a great start! I’ve got a pretty busy week, with several sessions spread out through the show, so if you’re looking to learn more about Digital Transformation, the Hands-on-Lab Architecture or how to Automate the SDDC with Ansible, come check out these sessions: LDT1515PE – Transformers: How VMware IT Transitioned to a Services-Based […]

Deploy vCenter Server using Ansible

Fresh off an amazing week at VMworld, I got right back into the lab to finish up a few things to complete the SDDC deployment roles I have been working on the past few months. I wanted to get this particular role published prior to VMworld, but alas the time flew by too quickly! One of the most critical components […]