darrylcauldwell.com On a journey around the datacenter and public cloud.

VMware NSX-T for OpenShift

While looking at the various documentation sets I found it difficult to understand the NSX-T and OpenShift integration. A lot was masked by configuration performed by Ansible scripts. Here I try and record my understanding of the technology and then work through getting this running in a capacity constrained lab environment.

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vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) Calling The NSX REST API and Navigating The XML Response

While the NSX for vSphere plugin for vRealize Orchestrator is useful, occasionally there are limitations. For example when creating an NSX Edge Services Gateway we use this method.

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VCDX6-DCV Defence Experience

In 2013 I was a systems engineer, I worked mostly on automation scripting for consistently delivering virtualized infrastructure on VMware. A job I’d enjoyed but was ready to move my career forwards, my at the time colleague Richard Dowling and I started looked into pursuing advanced VMware certification. In early 2014 we attended a VCDX workshop hosted by John Arrasjid at VMware EMEA HQ in Frimley. Also in the workshop was Paul McSharry who John knew and who had recently had published VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide. I ordered the book that evening and this began my journey from engineer to architect.

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VMware Data Encryption At Rest

Encryption of data at rest is a requirement for many customers, with VMware hosted Virtual Machines (VMs) there are two ways to achieve this. VM data can be encrypted using vSAN whole-datastore encryption or using Storage Policy (VMcrypt). Both VM Encryption and vSAN Encryption require a Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) 1.1 compliant Key Management Server (KMS), the same KMS provider can be used for both types of encryption.

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vRealize Orchestrator NSX Plug-in Troubleshooting

The NSX-V Plug-in for vRealize Orchestrator offers some great functionally, however creating custom workflows caused me some headaches.

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