Month: October 2015

Authoring Azure Resource Manager Templates @ Microsoft Future Unleashed 2015 #FutureUnleased

Microsoft is hosting a two day (Business and Technical) conference, called Future Unleashed, in Mumbai. The first day (November 5th, 2015) is a business day meant for CxOs and second day (November 6th, 2015) is the technical day for IT Professionals, developers, and architects. I will be there on the second day to talk about Authoring Azure Resource Manager Templates. This session is not just IT Professionals working on Azure public cloud. If you are working on Windows Azure Pack and plan to upgrade your skills to the upcoming Azure Stack platform, this session is for you. Session Abstract Enterprise architecture blueprints  reference architectures include the validated best practices for different components in an application deployment. This often results in complex topologies that need to deployed and managed as a single entity. Azure Resource Manager provides the capabilities to build these complex topologies as templates and enables management and monitoring of these topologies as a single entity. In this session, attendees get an overview of ARM templates and different components in an ARM template. This …

vRealize Automation 7.0

Within the cloud and virtualization space, a lot had happened in last one week or so. I am still catching up on all the news but one thing that caught my attention was the announcement around vRealize Automation 7.0. I recently started working on the vRealize suite of products and therefore this announcement was completely relevant. There are a ton of new features in this release. Especially, things like the simplified install wizard (you will appreciate this if have you installed IaaS in earlier versions of vRA), graphical service blueprint designer and integration with source control. You can read more about these new features on VMware blog at: While you are there, sign-up for download availability notification and get your hands dirty when you get the product.

Troubleshooting SSL Connection Error When Deploying vCSA 6.0.1 Appliance

Over the weekend, I was looking at a way to install the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 update 1 from command line. The process is straightforward. We generate a template (JSON) file with all required parameters and give it to vcsa-deploy.exe in the .\vcsa-cli-installer\win32 folder of the mounted or extracted ISO. For me the real problem was when I started using vcsa-deploy.exe. It started throwing errors just after the JSON validation and while logging into the ESX host specified in the JSON template. 2015-10-04 17:59:44,875 – vCSACliInstallLogger – ERROR – An error occurred when connecting to “ESX-1”: Failed to login to host ESX-1, as user root: [Errno socket error] [Errno 8] _ssl.c:499: EOF occurred in violation of protocol 2015-10-04 17:59:44,875 – vCSACliInstallLogger – DEBUG – The vCenter Server Appliance installer log file is at: c:\users\admini~1\appdata\local\temp\2\vcsaCliInstaller-2015-10-04-12-29-wgyrvy\vcsa-cli-installer.log 2015-10-04 17:59:44,875 – vCSACliInstallLogger – DEBUG – The vCenter Server Appliance installer result file is at: c:\users\admini~1\appdata\local\temp\2\vcsaCliInstaller-2015-10-04-12-29-wgyrvy\vcsa-cli-installer.json I spent sometime looking around for help and tried things like enabling SSH on the ESX host and so on. When nothing solved …