vExpert Access to vCloud Air Re-Launched! • Chris Colotti's Blog

vExpert Access to vCloud Air Re-Launched!

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Well, I mentioned this was coming and thanks to Jeramiah Dooley offering to help out, we finally made it happen!  We’ve setup a process and a plan for vExperts to get access on a rolling basis to vCloud Air.  There is a lot of details so instead of repeating them, I will give you the pointers to the community links for the main items you need to read.

The main thing I will point out that is also stated in the Program Guide is this will only ever be for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  VMware is absorbing the cost of these VPC’s and tenant for you so we are not able to add all the other services like Disaster Recovery or Data Protection.  This is just for folks to get hands on with the vCloud Air setup, interface, Firewall rules, networking, and other aspects.  You should get a lot out of this in 30 days for sure.

Also due to Role Based Access you will notice in the documentation that some things will not work like vCAC due to the current level of permissions it requires.  We elected to “protect folks from themselves” and keep the integrity of the environment by only allowing selected administrators full rights.  Today vCAC requires all administrator permissions in vCloud Air to work, so as you can imagine we did not want that for everyone.  However, many of the other API’s should work with other tools.

Lastly you are “On Your Own”.  You are all smart people and you thrive on figuring things out.  I don’t have the cycles to help people get things going and setup, so if you need help check out the vCloud Air Tutorials first and go from there.  Ask your fellow people as well if you get stuck, but I guess I am bluntly saying….go forth and prosper.

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About Chris Colotti

Chris is currently a Principal Architect at VMware and also serves as a strategic advisor to the VCDX Program. Previous to his eight plus years at VMware, Chris was a System Administrator that evolved his career into a data center architect. Chris spend a lot of time mentoring co-workers and friends on the benefits of personal growth and professional development. Chris is also amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. He now spends his time working on various Global Services programs within his group and he still is involved with conducting VCDX Workshops. In his spare time he helps his wife Julie run her decorated apparel business as the accountant, book keeper, and IT Support. Chris also believes in both a healthy body and healthy mind, and has become heavily involved with fitness as a Diamond Team Beachbody Coach using P90X and other Beachbody Programs. Although Technology is his day job, Chris is passionate about fitness after losing 60 pounds himself in the last few years. Now he spreads both the word of technology and fitness along with the Team Beachbody Business through his blogs.

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