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How To Configure vCloud Edge Gateway Protocols

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First I wanted to say that I have had a lot of fun digging back into Software Defined Datacenter, (SDDC).  If you have not been able to tell I dove back in feet first with my recent vCloud Director Hybrid Cloud Case Study which I will also be presenting on the vBrown Bag this week.  Something I discussed in the process I glazed ... Read More »

How To Configure vCloud 5.1 Hybrid Cloud Site 2 Site VPN

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In the process of building my experimental “MonsterCloud” vCloud Director Hybrid setup I obviously needed to do some site to site VPN between the following locations: VMware Eval Cloud  Stratogen Cloud My House The trick here is that this is now turning into a true Hybrid cloud as two sites are running vCloud Director, and my house is not.  It’s ... Read More »

A Home Lab Use For vShield App Firewall

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My vShield App Firewall Use Case The scenario for why I wanted to try and use the vShield App Firewall was pretty basic and is probably similar for most folks.  Everything in the “Lab” space is virtual except for some of the storage devices and all of the personal devices.  However I have the networking split between two subnets 192.168.100.x ... Read More »

How to Build a vCloud vApp DMZ

Okay I admit sometimes I spend too many late nights coming up with some goofy ideas.  However this one actually panned out as a real work vCloud Director Networking example you can use to see how flexible vCloud Director Networking could be.  The idea started from me wanting to rebuild by WordPress installation from a single server stack to a ... Read More »

How To Handle Some vCloud Director Challenges

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The other day I was sent a link to a 9-slide deck titled “Life before and after vCloud Director”, put together by someone I do not know that takes time to point out some specific challenges with vCloud Director, mostly with networking and vShield Edge.  From what I have learned this deck was previously circulated and has recently re-surfaced.  It tries to explain ... Read More »

[INFO] vCloud Director 1.5.1 Released!

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I know I am about 8 hours late to the party on this one, but there is a few things I wanted to point out.  Although this is a minor release, with some feature enhancements, to me there is a lot to this in the way of fixes.  The feature enhancement list is not that long but some are key ... Read More »

Gotcha: vShield and vCloud Director Static – IP Pool Considerations

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Some interesting conversation around this topic came up during our Disaster Recovery for vCloud testing, and they also rang true when I visited the vCloud Director Bootcamp at Partner Exchange a few weeks ago.  The challenge has to do with how to deal with vApps that are getting IP Addresses from a Static IP Pool within vCloud Director.  In turn, ... Read More »

How To Change IP Addresses on vCloud Applications

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Last week at Partner Exchange Duncan Epping and I presented a little deeper insight into the SRM solution we published earlier in the week.  One great question that came up was about the processes to change the IP addresses on the various vCloud infrastructure after the failover happens.  We mentioned how Site Recovery Manager can change the IP of some ... Read More »

[INFO] The Importance of MoREF to vCloud Director

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This is meant to be a very short post about the importance of vCenter Managed Object References with vCloud Director.  In the past folks have heard David Hill and I talk about the vCloud Eco-System and how vCenter is pretty much in the middle of the universe for many things.  Today a lot of products, least of all vCloud Director ... Read More »

Gotcha: Cannot Reset a vShield Edge in vCloud Director

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Well kids, this one came full circle after a week of beating my head to a bloody pulp on the desk.  During some vCloud Director testing with David Hill and Duncan Epping, we ran into a snag whereby we could not seem to reset the vShield Edge Device.  Now, I admit I did read the error which was shown below ... Read More »

Gotcha: Disabling VMware DRS with vCloud Director

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In the past week there have been a rash of reports about people disabling VMware DRS, while vCloud Director was in place.  I have tweeted multiple times about this and also brought it up on the Community PodCast yesterday.  The more I bring it up the more people are asking why someone would do such a thing, and second what ... Read More »

How To: Upgrade vCloud Director in Detail – Part 1

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This outlines the steps for performing an “End-to-End” upgrade of a vCloud deployment. “End-to-End” for the purpose of this guide refers to all aspects of the installation from the vCloud Director cells all the way to the deployed virtual machines running inside the vCloud. What this document will not cover is the specific click through steps on certain components, as ... Read More »

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