Author Archives: Eric Shanks

Blogging Balance

Blogging has been a labor of love for me for a little over five years now. I started a blog to get my own ideas written down, to document my own experiences with technology and to try to give back to an industry who had helped me improve my own skills. But blogging hasn’t been… Continue Reading

Setup Amazon Storage Gateway

Setup Amazon Storage Gateway

Amazon’s S3 is a cost effective way to store file but many organizations are used to mapping NFS shares to machines for file storage purposes. Amazon Storage Gateways are a good way to cache or store files on an NFS mount and then back them up to an S3 bucket. This post goes through the… Continue Reading

vRA 7.3 Component Profiles

vRA 7.3 Component Profiles

Preventing blueprint sprawl should be a consideration if you’re building out a new cloud through vRealize Automation. Too many blueprints and your users will be confused by the offerings and the more blueprints, the more maintenance needed to manage them. We’ve had custom methods for managing sprawl up until vRA 7.3 was released. Now we… Continue Reading

vRA 7.3 Endpoints Missing

vRA 7.3 Endpoints Missing

vRealize Automation version 7.3 dropped a few weeks ago and you’re really excited about the new improvements that have been made with the platform. Release Notes for version 7.3 You’ve gone through the upgrade process which is constantly improving I might add but once you log in you find out that your endpoints that you spent… Continue Reading

vRA Placement Decisions with a Dynamic Form

vRA Placement Decisions with a Dynamic Form

vRA is great at deploying servers in an automated fashion, but to really use the built in functionality for an organization some additional information should be requested to properly place the workloads in the environment. This post covers how to ask users for the correct information to properly determine the placement location of new server… Continue Reading

Containers on vRealize Automation

Containers on vRealize Automation

Version 7.2 of vRealize Automation introduced containers to the vRA solution. This post is designed to get you up and running with some basic containers and give you the tools needed to deploy some of your own containers in your environment. The steps involved in this post assume that you have the “Container Administrator” and… Continue Reading

Whats in the Lab for 2017?

Whats in the Lab for 2017?

To me, a home lab is an important piece of my ongoing education. It’s one thing to watch videos and take classes but getting some time to build, configure or run solutions in your own setting is an invaluable resource. In my life, I’ve never learned anything REALLY well until I’ve had to operate and… Continue Reading

Your Rubrik for the Cloud

Your Rubrik for the Cloud

Rubrik has announced their latest revision of their Cloud Data Management solution, version 3.2. The new release has some “Snazzy” new features according to one unnamed source from the Rubrik technical marketing team, but I’m focused mainly on one specific capability in this post. I’ve written about Rubrik several times before and have written some of… Continue Reading