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Upgrade to vRA 7.5

Upgrade to vRA 7.5

Upgrading your vRealize Automation instance has some times been a painful exercise. But this was in the early days after VMware purchased the product from DynamicOps. It’s taken a while, but the upgrade process has improved for each and every version, in my opinion, and 7.5 is no exception. If you’re on a previous version,… Continue Reading

AWS Session Manager

AWS Session Manager

Amazon has released yet another Simple Systems Manager service to improve the management of EC2 instances. This time, it’s AWS Session Manager. Session Manager is a nifty little service that lets you assign permissions to users to access an instances’s shell. Now, you might be thinking, “Why would I need this? I can already add… Continue Reading

AWS IAM Indecision

AWS IAM Indecision

Identity and Access Management (IAM) can be a confusing topic for people that are new to Amazon Web Services. There are IAM Users that could be used for authentication or solutions considered part of the AWS Directory Services such as Microsoft AD, Simple AD, or AD Connector. If none of these sound appealing, there is… Continue Reading

AWS Directory Service – AD Connector

AWS Directory Service – AD Connector

Just because you’ve started moving workloads into the cloud, doesn’t mean you can forget about Microsoft Active Directory. Many customers simply stand up their own domain controllers on EC2 instances to provide domain services. But if you’re moving to AWS there are also some great services you can take advantage of, to provide similar functionality.… Continue Reading

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