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

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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VMware NSX-T 2.0 Homelab

NSX-T that can provide network virtualization for a multi-cloud and multi-hypervisor environment. NSX-V (NSX for vSphere) Manager integrates into vCenter and leverages the vSphere dvSwitch. NSX-T Manager can be used with vSphere but does not integrate with vCenter or dvSwitch, instead NSX Manager is managed its API and the Transport Zone creates an Open vSwitch on each host.

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