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Manage vSphere Virtual Machines through AWS SSM

Manage vSphere Virtual Machines through AWS SSM

Amazon Web Services has some great tools to help you operate your EC2 instances with their Simple Systems Manager services. These services include ensuring patches are deployed within maintenance windows specified by you, automation routines that are used to ensure state and run commands on a fleet of servers through the AWS console. These tools… Continue Reading

AWS EC2 Simple Systems Manager Documents

AWS EC2 Simple Systems Manager Documents

Amazon Web Services uses Systems Manager Documents to define actions that should be taken on your instances. This could be a wide variety of actions including updating the operating system, copying files such as logs to another destination or re-configuring your applications. These documents are written in Javascript Object Notation (JSON) and are stored within… Continue Reading

EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store

EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store

Generally speaking, when you deploy infrastructure through code, or run deployment scripts you’ll need to have a certain amount of configuration data. Much of your code will have install routines but what about the configuration information that is specific to your environment? Things such as license keys, service accounts, passwords, or connection strings are commonly… 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

Getting Started with vRealize Code Stream

Getting Started with vRealize Code Stream

vRealize Code Stream is a tool that is used to operationalize infrastructure code blueprints for release management. Code Stream plugs into vRealize Automation and includes a testing framework though Jenkins and vRealize Orchestrator as well as using JFrog Artifactory and Xenon for storing artifacts. This post is used to organize several blog posts on helping you… Continue Reading