I have started to create this page to collate the number of growing vCloud PowerCLI scripts available. It is designed to make it easy for you to find the scripts you are looking for. If you have any scripts published on your blogs or know of any useful scripts, please leave a comment and I will add it to the list. vCloud PowerCLI scripts list Show-vCloudStats Timo Sugliani vCheck for vCloud Director Alan Renouf Install software in Isolated Machines Aidan Dalgleish Retrieving vCloud Director VM Hard Disk size Alan Renouf Simple VM reporting in vCloud with PowerCLI Jake Robinson Setting default VDSwitch security for vCloud with PowerCLI Jake Robinson Youtube – vCloud Director PowerCLI basic usage VMwareTV
Have you been affected by the Allocation Pool changes in VCD 5.1 when you upgraded? If you have been, and are looking for a way to make this allocation model the same as in VCD 1.5, VMware has included a feature in VCD 5.1.2 that allows you to change it back to the original way it was conceived. First lets look at the changes in the Allocation Pool. Massimo ReFerre has written a great article showing the differences between the two versions of the allocation model http://it20.info/2012/10/vcloud-director-5-1-1-changes-in-resource-entitlements/ In this article he provides a comparison chart for you to easily see the differences, and gives a nice review of allocation models at the end of the article. OK but what does all this mean for me? As I am sure you are more confused than when you started reading this post… perhaps it makes sense to put a stake in the ground and underline advantages and disadvantages of the three models with vCloud Director 5.1. The PAYG model is the most simplistic of the three. This model allows the tenant to scale without pre-configured limits. It does also allow cloud consumers to scale without any contractual agreement on resources. Sophisticated capping mechanisms now allows
Some of my colleagues and I have been presenting a vCloud training session today, and one of the students got the error “Peer not Authenticated” when deploying a vApp. To diagnose the problem, first we need to turn on debugging in vCloud Director. We do this by following the steps below: Select System Click the Administration Button Select General Enable the checkbox next to “Display Debug Information” Peer not Authenticated debug information Going back and looking at the error we see a lot more information. Now looking at this error you can see that it is an issue with SSL. This error can be resolved by disabling the checking of vCenter and vShield certificates. To do this follow the steps below: Select System Click the Administration Button Select General Scroll down until you see Certificates Remove the ticks from the checkboxes for “Verify vCenter and vSphere SSO certificates” and “Verify vShield Manager certficates” Click Apply Now if you retry the task everything will work as expected.
I have just found this really cool whitepaper thats been released: Using VMware Horizon Workspace to Enable SSO in VMware vCloud Director 5.1. This is really useful if you are looking at an alternative method of authentication with vCloud Director 5.1 VMware Horizon Workspace can be used to enable single sign-on for VMware vCloud Director 5.1. This white paper provides information and procedures for configuring vCloud Director to allow for account federation from VMware Horizon Workspace. To read the white paper click here The full details of the white paper is available here at the Tech Resource Center on VMware.com
My manager Rupen Sheth found this cool VMware Education sites during some meetings with the VMware Education team. I thought it would be good to share the links. The first site, is an educational site that contains videos for a number of different VMware products. The URL for this site: http://vmwarelearning.com/ This site is really cool, and I personally like the videos based on vCloud Director. The second is more of a hierarchical path that you can follow. This allows you to decide which courses and achievements you need to take to become fully certified in your particular career path. There are three career paths to take, Architect, Developer and Administrator. You can then dig deeper by looking at the particular areas and tracks of interest, for example, Cloud or End User Computing. Its really cool, and also very useful. The URL for this site is http://www.vmwarelearningpaths.com/ I have personally found these sites really interesting and very helpful thats for sure. I would recommend you take a look at these.