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New ways to "update" your VMware certifications…

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Recently VMware announced the removal of the certification expiration, causing a relief for a lot of people, as keeping up with certs and other topics can be quite challenging from time to time.


Another recent change caught me as a complete surprise, I first thought that the massive uprise in VCP-NV 2019 certs was due to an initiative for partner enablement or in preparation for the announced VMware on AWS Master Competency which will require this as parts of it. But then I did some research and found that VMware now offers different ways for the different cert tracks on how to update your cert to the newest version WITHOUT sitting the exam. 

In the following paragraphs I will ONLY COVER THE UPGRADE PATHS to renew your certification. If you don't hold that certificate or are on a different track please visit the link on each cert for more dertails.

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Why you should attend VMware Empower and why I did!

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Today a non-tech blog-post, I wanted to recap and encourage the participation in the VMware Empower conference… Why as a Partner you should attend and ensure at least your tech field team is attending…

You want the short version:

Empower is the technical enablement event for VMware Partners, there is currently no better place to network, get insights into all products, get envisioned with short and long term road map overview and even get a free exam to make the next step towards a higher partner level.

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How to use the vRealize Orchestrator API Explorer

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It took me a while to figure out, how to use the vRO API explorer creating necessary code for workflows. Now is the time to share the knowledge. The API explorer, together with the MOB (Managed Object Browser) of the vCenter Server, provides a very powerful combination to develop code. Often you need to create specific objects to reconfigure virtual machines or hosts for example and you need to collect the information, how an object is created on the one hand and on the other hand how to manipulate an object.

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vCloud Director 9.5.0.3 (critical security update) - Update instructions

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VMware has released on 28-March 2019 vCloud Director 9.5.0.3 which includes a highly critical security patch which should be installed as soon as possible by all service providers running vCloud Director 9.5.

Security issue at hand:

VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers update resolves a Remote Session Hijack vulnerability in the Tenant and Provider Portals. Successful exploitation of this issue may allow a malicious actor to access the Tenant or Provider Portals by impersonating a currently logged in session.

Personal note / comment (I started to add this as I get often asked to evaluate the "real criticality/risk factor" by our strategic accounts):

This is a very critical issue which could directly affect customer/tenant data security, therefore I advice to give the test and upgrade procedure highest priority. Ensure this get's validated on test infrastructure before applied to production systems.


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Upgrade PostgreSQL database (from 9.x to 10) and vCloud Director to 9.5

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If you are still using PostgreSQL 9.x with vCloud Director you will receive a big stop sign if you try to upgrade to vCloud Director 9.5, as this version requires PostgreSQL to be on v10 as a minimum. In this blog post I will walk you step by step on how to upgrade PostgreSQL on a CentOS system, as well as how to apply the vCloud Director 9.5 upgrade. I am pretty sure the process on RedHat is similar, but i had no system to validate at hand.

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Useful settings Horizon View Client on Mac

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Me writing a blogpost about Horizon View, never thought that this is going to happen, but never say never.

Like many others, I migrated from Windows to Mac and using Mac OS natively. Some time ago we started using remote apps within the Horizon View Client, which is pretty cool. Instead of connecting to my View Desktop I can use an application direct on my Mac.

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Custom XML objects in vRealize Orchestrator

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Lately I had the issue that I needed to create custom XML objects based on variables. In first place it sounds simple, but in the end, there are a couple of different methods doing this. This article will discuss these options.

The first method is a simple string, but if the object gets a bit larger, this is not very useful.

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Rabbit MQ routing key configuration

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Two weeks ago, I had a problem connecting VMware vCloud Director to vRealize Orchestrator using Rabbit MQ as a message bus between those systems. The base configuration of Rabbit MQ was not a big deal, even clustering the message bus system for high availability, adding an exchange, queues, connecting vCD and vRO, everything was easy and straight forward, BUT: I didn’t get any messages into the right queues. This was my starting point.


As most of you guys know, I am a big fan of vRO (vRealize Orchestrator). I didn’t do any of the configuration in Rabbit MQ using the management interface, I configured everything using vRO but the graphical UI is very useful to verify what the workflows did.

After the installation of Rabbit MQ, I used the documentation (official RMQ documentation: https://www.rabbitmq.com/documentation.html) and some blogs I found, I needed to configure RMQ, but how? Now vRO comes into play, because it is shipped with a preinstalled AMQP plugin, containing all needed workflows to configure the message broker.

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VMware Cloud Provider Pod - Release 1.1 (minor or major)

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Today VMware released the first minor release not patch of VMware Cloud Provider Pod. After the initial launch of Version 1.0 in 2018 and a patch release 1.0.1 in November this is the first feature release. This release features massive list of product updates, improvements on the Designer, the Documents, Fibre-Channel support and also a complete rewritten network design with higher flexibility.

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My road to Clarity ... UI – Part 2

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This week, the server side of things

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