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VMware Photon Platform 1.2 released

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Yesterday VMware silently released a new version of its opensource cloud native platform. VMware Photon Platform 1.2 is available for download at github now. You can find the details of the new release in the release notes. Below are the highlights of the new release. What’s new? Photon Controller now supports ESXi 6.5 Patch 201701001. Support for ESXi 6.0 is dropped. Photon platform now...

BOSH on VMware Photon Platform

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I explained both BOSH and the Photon platform in previous posts. I never did a post on how to deploy BOSH on vSphere but this document does a very good job describing the process. The only thing I want to add to that is: Don’t use “@” in your passwords! Cost me a day or so to figure out what was going wrong. In this post I will detail how to run BOSH on VMware Photon platform...

What is BOSH?

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In a previous post I went into what Cloud Foundry is and why you’d want to use it. What I didn’t go into was some of the magic behind the scenes. For infra minded people like myself this part might be even more exciting than the platform itself.  The thing that makes Cloud Foundry so robust and portal is called BOSH. So What is BOSH? BOSH is a recursive acronym for “BOSH Outer...

Getting started with VMware Photon Platform

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VMware Photon Platform is an opensource cloud platform build by VMware on top for ESXi. It is specifically build to run containerized and cloud native applications. As such it pushes a lot of features into the application layer and out of the infrastructure. For example: It doesn’t support VMware HA or DRS. Or even vMotion. In this post I’ll help you getting started with VMware Photon...

NLVMUG UserCon Session: The Why, What and How of Automation

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On March 16th the Dutch VMUG UserCon took place. Again a big event with around 1000 attendees. And again I had the honor to fill one of the breakout sessions. This year I presented with my co-worker Ruurd Keizer. Our session was titled: “The Why, What and How of Automation”. In this session we talked about digitization, the differences between power tools and factories, containers...

What is Cloud foundry?

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I recently did a talk at the Dutch VMUG UserCon in which showed how it it is to deploy software by using Cloud foundry. I recently mentioned it in a blog post as well. I also published a whitepaper on automation in which I mention Cloud Foundry. But I realized that in the VMware community Cloud Foundry might no t be very well known and understood. Instead of telling you all to “just google...

The Why, What and how of Automation

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Today my first ever whitepaper was published. It’s titled: The why, What and how of Automation. Here is the teaser: The current digitization wave puts an ever increasing load on enterprise IT departments. At the same time the business is expecting shorter delivery times for IT services just to stay ahead of the competition. To keep delivering the right services on time enterprise IT needs a...

The right tool for the job

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I work with vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator on a daily basis. And I really enjoy doing so, especially the custom code development part. vRO gives a lot of flexibility and it’s not often that I’m unable to build what my customers need. Whetever the request I usually find a way to emply vRA and vRO in such a way that if fulfills the customers need. But more and more often...

NLVMUG UserCon 2017

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On Thursday March 16th the annual NLVMUG UserCon will take place. The venue will be the same as the last few years: 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen. All authors of this site will be participating in the conference: Dennis is the dutch VMUG leader so in that capacity he’ll have the honor of opening the conference. Olivier and I will be hosting a Group discussion titled “Automation in...

Automated directory synchronization of the vRA Identity Manager

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Disclaimer: The API documentation has not yet been released, therefor I would like to notice that this is currently an unsupported method of triggering a directory sync. During a recent project the customer requested the functionality to create a new business group with just one click. This should be a function to onboard new teams into the vRA environment, including the creation of Reservations...

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Olivier Bootsma
Olivier is an automation consultant at ITQ since 2015. Before he worked for Atos on the automation of the Canopy Cloud solutions. Olivier touched VMware products for the first time in 2011 and has been a fan ever since. Today his expertise is mainly focused on automation with VMware products and designing and implementing the logic that the business requires.