vRA 7.x – Using Cloud Client to remove virtual machines

There are different scenarios for taking this course of action as detailed in VMware KB2144269 in my case this was a result of losing my lab vCenter which resulted in a manual effort to remove reservations, VM’s and tenant. The following details how to cleanup the virtual machines associated with a ‘Devops’ business group which prevented deletion of the associated reservation:

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VMware VVD – Standard vs Consolidated SDDC Architecture

Standard SDDC Architecture

This VMware Validated Design SDDC ‘Standard Architecture’ is Based on the ‘two-pod’ design where the management workloads & compute and edge workloads are segregated. The management workloads have their own dedicated vSphere cluster while  the compute and edge reside on a separate vSphere cluster . This ‘two-pod’ design requires at least 8 ESXi hosts, 4 for mgmt and 4 for shared compute and edge workloads. The VVD Standard Architecture supports both single and dual-region deployments. Dual-region implies 2 DC’s located in geographically dispersed locations, leveraging vSphere replication and SRM to protect the workloads. VMware official ‘Overview of Standard SDDC’.

 

Consolidated SDDC Architecture

This VMware Validated Design SDDC ‘Consolidated Architecture’ is Based on the ‘one-pod’ design where both the management workloads and compute/edge workloads are co-located on a single vSphere cluster. Requires a minimum of 4 hosts and supports a single-region. VMware official ‘Overview of Consolidated SDDC’.

 

Note: As of VVD 4.2 the term ‘Pod’ is being replaced by ‘Workload Domain’ to describe the different cluster types: Management, Compute & Edge.

 

VVD FAQ:

https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-34266

VVD Quick References:

http://vmwa.re/vvd

 

 

vCenter Server & PSC Appliances 6.x – Applying Patches (Shell/UI)

The following applies to a vCenter Server Appliance that contains a vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller, or a Platform Services Controller.

Note: Please perform during a maintenance window as vCSA services will be unavailable.

Appliance Shell

The following steps detail how to apply a vCSA patch directly from an ISO which can be downloaded from:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search

Attach the ISO to the vCSA.

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V(x)Block – AMP VUM & SQL Active Directory Integration

When a VxBlock is shipped from the factory all Windows & SQL user/db accounts are setup as local accounts, due to obvious reasons (customer AD does not exist in factory!). This post details the steps to integrate a VUM VM & SQL with Active Directory and change the local WIN&SQL accounts to AD accounts, along with modifying the SQL DB permissions to an assigned AD account.

At a high level these are the prerequisite steps:

– Change DNS values on the Windows VUM VM (if different from LCS stated values).
– Join Windows VUM VM to AD.
– Reboot VUM VM.
– Snapshot VUM VM (precautionary step).
– Add domain\svc_vum to local admin group of the VUM VM.

Use the following procedure to configure domain service accounts for the VUM Server and services & configure SQL Server access permissions on a VxBlock based EHC deployment:

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vRealize Automation 7.1 – Create a Blueprint, Configure Catalog Item & Provision VM (Part 6)

vRealize Automation 7.1 – Create a Service & Entitlement (Part 5)

1. Create a ‘vSphere’ Machine Blueprint

VMware Machine Blueprint Definition: A blueprint that contains a machine component specifies the workflow used to provision a machine and includes information such as CPU, memory, and storage. Machine blueprints specify the workflow used to provision a machine and include additional provisioning information such as the locations of required disk images or virtualization platform objects. Blueprints also specify policies such as the lease period and can include networking and security components such as security groups, policies, or tags. Blueprints can be specific to a business group or shared among groups in a tenant, depending on the entitlements that are configured for the published blueprint. More detail on Blueprints here.

To create the Blueprint Login as a user who has the ‘Infrastructure Architect’ role assigned (Machine Blueprint capabilities):

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