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Bio | Jad El-Zein

 

I am a Principal Technical Architect in VMware’s Management Business Unit (MBU) go-to-market team. I’m based out of the Washington, DC ‘burbs (Reston, VA).  As Principal Architect, I focus on driving adoption of VMware’s Cloud Management Platform and the overall Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) vision while addressing the unique mission-sensitive needs and objectives of the Public Sector community.

I have over 16 years of experience in the IT industry, including an 11-year tenure with Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, and have spent much of the last 7 years focusing on datacenter optimization and emerging cloud technologies. My background includes expertise in datacenter and cloud architectures, systems/network engineering, and leading, defining, and executing IT transformations for US-Federal agencies. I also exclusively maintain this blog, which highlights emerging cloud technologies and provides technical insight into VMware’s portfolio as well as general industry topics.

All thoughts, ideas, and rants are my own and are in no way representative of my employer.

 

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12 Comments
  1. Don Crooks

    Jad,
    Did you take down the vRA POC that you did in December? I made a favorite for that and it stopped working today (http://www.virtualjad.com/2014/12/vrealize-automation-62-install-and.html). Can you put it back? I am brand new to vCloud suite and that post (the 4 hour walk through installing from the ground up, configuring tenants, etc.) was like finding the holy grail for me!

    I followed it to get my own POC online, and I was just getting into making a tenant before the 4th of July. Regardless of if it is off permanently or not, you are to be commended on putting together an incredibly well-thought-out walk through on how to get started. I have been to VMWorld 3 times and of everything I have seen, this was the best presentation I have seen in my Virtualization career – excellent work 🙂

  2. Mohamed SABIR

    Hi Jad,
    I’ve applied your PoC implementation guide. All works fine but I have a problem to assign a Static IP Address to the provisionned VMs (Win 2008 R2) from a Network Profile.
    I use vCAC Build 6.1.0-2041200. I see that vCAC assign the IP address to the VM on the IP range list but the VM get a APIPA address.

    If you have any idea to resolve this issue.

    Best regards

    • Hi @Mohamed – are you using a [valid] vSphere customization spec for the blueprint in question?

      • Mohamed SABIR

        Hi Jad,
        I dont use a vSphere customization for my Blueprint.
        I dont find any indication of this on your guide, but I found it on the screenshot (page 98).

        So, do i must do it on vCenter and use it on Blueprint’s configuration ?

        Best regards,

  3. Johan

    Hi Jad

    This is the probably the strangest request but is there anywhere where you share the latest icon packs and backgrounds you use in the vRA7 posts so that we as the community can use it as well?

  4. Johan

    Jad thank you for the quick response and sharing.

  5. Venu Vanama

    Hi Jad,

    Thank you for the great videos. Very helpful.

    I have tried setting up in my lab and stuck at after adding endpoints. I don’t think data collection is happening.

    If i go to monitoring –> log, i see this below events – VRM Agents every minute.

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    Ping Failure : There was no endpoint listening at https://trcdb.trclab.com/VMPS2Proxy that could accept the message. This is often caused by an incorrect address or SOAP action. See InnerException, if present, for more details. Inner Exception: The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found

    ———

    Exception occured when retrieving work item from Manager Service: There was no endpoint listening at https://trcdb.trclab.com/VMPS2Proxy that could accept the message. This is often caused by an incorrect address or SOAP action. See InnerException, if present, for more details. Inner Exception: The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found.

    I have also checked services which seems to be running and IIS configuration as well.

    Only thing i see it is during Agent setup, i have used default endpoint name: vCenter but my center name is TRCvCenter (DNS resolvable) which is different. I remember you are saying this but some how i missed it. How do i change it without installing it? Can you please advise?

  6. Allan

    Hi Jad
    Thanks for all the great blog entries! We are currently doing a PoC of vRA in our environment and we notice you have some awesome looking side menu’s setup in your demo’s/screenshots. Just wondering if you have a way of doing this that we could implement?
    Thanks Again

  7. BASKER

    Pls post vRA 7.x POC Guide. The same which you already published like vRA 6.x

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