Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 20: Request Resources Using vCAC Self Service Portal

In previous part of this vCloud Suite Proof of Concept we have integrated the vCloud Director with the vCloud Automation Center and created blueprints for virtual machines that a customer can request through the Self Service Portal. Now we will take a closer look at the resource request from the Self Service Portal. … [Read more...]

Veeam Backup & Replication v7 released!

Some exciting news today from our friends at Veeam! Yesterday Veeam released version 7 of their Backup & Replication software. As you all know, Veeam Backup & Replication is a powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solution for protecting your most critical asset—your data. In version 7, Veeam is  taking modern … [Read more...]

Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 18: Install and Configure vCAC Self-Service Portal Website

The next step in the vCloud Automation Center deployment process is installation and configuration of the Self-Service Portal. The vCAC Self-Service portal website is a standalone interface that streamlines a user’s ability to request access to virtual, cloud or physical machines. Please note that this portal is not … [Read more...]

Unitrends T-Shirt giveaway!

Our friends at Unitrends are giving away some free t-shirts with a “Use Protection” slogan A fun conversation starter and awesome one to wear at VMworld this year. So, what do you have to do to get one? Simple, follow these steps: Start by going to: http://go.unitrends.com/unitrends-use-protection-tshirt … [Read more...]

TrainSignal Summer Survival Kit Giveaway!

If you work in the IT industry whether as a System Administrator, System Engineer or Consultant, you must have heard of TrainSignal. The company was founded in 2002 and provides online training material for IT professionals on Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, Citrix etc. I personally used TrainSignal material in the past to … [Read more...]

Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 17: Install and Configure vCloud Automation Center

In the previous part we have set up all prerequisites necessary for the vCloud Automation Center. We can now proceed with the installation and configuration. Install vCAC Navigate to the extracted installation zip folder and from the Setup folder, execute vCAC-Server-Setup file. Accept the EULA. Click Next. Chose the … [Read more...]

Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 16: Add vCloud Automation Center

As the vCloud Suite proof of concept environment is running and utilizing its resources, you may want to provide a self-service portal for your cloud customers to request new resources for their cloud infrastructure. The VMware vCloud Suite includes the vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) which provides you with a secure … [Read more...]

vExpert 2013 Awardees Announced!

Today, May 28, 2013 John Troyer, Corey Romero and the VMware Social Media & Community Team announced the awardees of the VMware vExpert 2013 program. I’m honored and extremely happy to say that I made it this year! “We’re pleased to announce the list of vExperts for 2013. Each of these vExperts have … [Read more...]

Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 15: Create Custom UI in vCenter Operations Manager

Beside the standard dashboard that comes with the default installation, the vCenter Operations Manager allows you to create your own custom dashboard to meet your specific needs. The design process is done using the custom portal and not in the administration portal. The custom portal can be accessed by typing the … [Read more...]

Veeam Backup & Replicatio​n v7 – Two new features!

As the countdown to Veeam Backup & Replication version 7 continues, Veeam released two additional new features that will be included in version 7. Built-in WAN Acceleration – Built-in WAN Acceleration, which was developed by Veeam and optimized specifically for Veeam backups, copies data to offsite locations … [Read more...]