Managing VCD VM Disks from PowerCLI / PowerShell

One of the issues I come up against every now and again is when a customer asks how they can automate some functionality in our VMware Cloud Director (VCD) cloud platform and I think ‘that should be easy in PowerShell / PowerCLI’ only to find out that the necessary cmdlets … Read more

vCD Edge SSL Certificate Management via PowerShell for tenants

Tom Fojta has a couple of really good blog posts on his blog (https://fojta.wordpress.com/) about using Let’s Encrypt certificates on an NSX Edge Load Balancer. The first part can be found at https://fojta.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/automate-lets-encrypt-certificate-for-nsx-edge-load-balancer/ and the second part at https://fojta.wordpress.com/2019/12/21/automate-lets-encrypt-certificates-part-2/. The method described in these posts relies on connectivity with the NSX management … Read more

Dynamic Persistent Volumes with CSE Kubernetes and Ceph

Introduction Application containerization with Docker is fast becoming the default deployment pattern for many business applications and Kubernetes (k8s) the method of managing these workloads. While containers generally should be stateless and ephemeral (able to be deployed, scaled and deleted at will) almost all business applications require data persistence of … Read more

VM Guest Customization in vCloud Director via PowerCLI

Bit of a quick post this, but hopefully useful to others. I got asked recently if there was an easy way to set Guest Customization options for VMs hosted in vCloud Director via Powershell/PowerCLI. It turns out there is an extremely simple way, but the syntax is a bit awkward … Read more

Getting detailed VM Disk Properties from the vCloud API

Since vCloud Director 8.10 VMware have allowed VMs to be created which have multiple disks using different storage policies. This can be very useful – for example, a database VM might have it’s database on fast storage but another disk containing backups or logs on slower/cheaper disk. When trying to … Read more

Using vCloud Director PowerCLI and vcd-cli with Federated User Accounts

One of the issues that vCloud Director user can run into is user authentication when using the PowerCLI and vcd-cli tools to manage their cloud deployments. For ‘Local’ user accounts defined in the vCloud Director portal this isn’t an issue as username/password are stored in the vCD database and can … Read more

Using VMware Container Service Extension (CSE)

Yesterday I wrote showing the currently available container hosting options from VMware. As we’ve recently deployed one of these options – CSE in our environment I thought it would be useful to show a sample workflow on how the service functions and how customers can use this to deploy and … Read more

vCloud Director Extender – Part 5 – Stretch Networking (L2VPN)

In this 5th part of my look into vCloud Director Extender (CX), I deal with the extension of a customer vCenter network into a cloud provider network using the L2VPN network extension functionality. Apologies that this post has been a bit delayed, turned out that I needed a VMware support … Read more

vCloud Director Extender – Part 4 – Connect to Provider & VM Migration

In the first 3 parts of this series I covered an overview of vCloud Director Extender (CX), the installation and configuration of CX at the Cloud Provider site and the installation and configuration of CX at the customer/tenant site. In this 4th part I will be covering the configuration of … Read more

vCloud Director Extender – Part 3 – Tenant Setup

In part 1 and part 2 of this series I detailed an overview of VMware vCloud Director Extender (CX) and the configuration from a Service Provider perspective to configure their platform to support CX. This third article in the series details the configuration steps required for a tenant/customer environment to … Read more