2014 vExpert Applications

Applications for the 2014 vExpert awards are now being accepted.  Most people know what this is but if you don't it is recognition by VMware for the work people have done within the VMware community.  This could be blogging, presenting, training, coming up with new ways to use their technology. A few people have complained... Continue Reading →

VCD & Storage Clusters with Fast Provisioning Enabled

There are many different design options available when deploying vCloud Director, which makes it both flexible and confusing at the same time.  One topic I wanted to touch on is configuring storage for an Organization with Fast Provisioning enabled.  In setting up an environment for software development the provisioning speed and repetitive build requirements made... Continue Reading →

Set vApp Templates to Never Expire within Organizations with VAT Storage Leases

In migrating from Lab Manager to vCloud Director one systems administration feature loss (of many) is no longer being able to set lease times for longer periods than the policy states.  This is used when system administrators create library entries that shouldn't expire but any library entry a standard user creates will take on the... Continue Reading →

Tips When Choosing a Cloud Provider

I just finished a short-term project where I VM's hosted in a VCD backed cloud and ran into a few issues during the process that might help others when choosing a cloud provider. I started the project out by calculating resource needs. I then talked with numerous vendors about their clouds and if it would work with... Continue Reading →

Lab Manager to vCloud Director Import Script

One major challenge when migrating from Lab Manager to vCloud Director is getting all of your VM Templates, Library entries, and needed configurations migrated across.  When I first looked at this it there was a partially scripted process using perl code that was long and very hard to understand.  I found it was better to... Continue Reading →

“Fence” vApps or use Internal vApp Networks

Over a year ago we started looking at vCloud Director as it was slated to replace Lab Manager.  The beauty of Lab Manager for us was we could clone the same VM's thousands of times and have them "fenced" from each other for software development, training, automated testing, and supporting clients. We could do this... Continue Reading →

vApp Template not capturing NIC’s “IP POOL” address setting

*** UPDATE ***   The fix has been added to the 5.1.2 release that is now GA.  Read the release notes for other fixes here... https://www.vmware.com/support/vcd/doc/rel_notes_vcloud_director_512.html While setting up and testing a couple new vApp Templates for a new organization I noticed an issues when capturing to the catalog and using IP Pool for IP addressing... Continue Reading →

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