Earlier this month I hosted “vRA 6.2 Install and Config Live!“, an open-invite social event dubbed “vRA Live” (#vralive). To my surprise, I had 185 RSVP’s with more than 100 people — VMware partners, customers, and several of my peers — attending the 4 1/2+ hour online session. Although I tried to focus on the fundamentals of deploying vRA and associated services, the online Q&A and dialog provided by the experts panel added several examples, lesson’s learned, and plenty of colorful commentary. I couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout and hope to get the next session(s) queued up very soon!
Speaking of the experts panel, I’d like to thank them for all they’ve done to help! These rockstars provided a ton of commentary and responded to more than 150 questions posted by attendees (the Q&A is being trimmed up and will be posted soon)…
- Jon Schulman, @vaficionado
- Jason Scanga, @scangaj
- Omer Kushmaro, @elastic_skies
- Zack Kielich, @ZackOmatic
- Brian Graf, @vBrianGraf
- Joerg Lew, @joerglew
- Kimberly Delgado, @KCDAutomate
- Naomi Sullivan, no twitter 🙁
- Steve Kaplan, @stvkpln
(…follow these people if you don’t already!!)
During the event I walked through — from scratch and in plenty of detail — deploying and configuring VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) 6.2. Besides being a how-to enablement session, I also tried to demonstrate how straight-forward the solution really is once you take a step back and understand exactly what you want to deliver to the consumers of the various services. With that said, this was a non-distributed environment which understandably avoided the environmental complexities, caveats, and special considerations of a distributed install. I’m am working with some of my peers within VMware to host a similar session that focuses on a distributed implementation. Stay tuned for that.
The entire WebEx session was recorded and is available for download or playback here. WebEx recordings are typically low quality and clunky so I also recorded a high(er)-quality screen capture, which has been split, edited, and published for your viewing pleasure.
The videos below split the 4 1/2 hours of content into focused subtopics, generally following the event agenda. A couple of notes on these…due to the live nature of which they originated, editing them into individual, self-contained topics was tricky. For example, there are no intros as each video starts…they start where the previous one ended and jump right into the topic. My OCD tendencies had me try to blend or otherwise manipulate each start, but I eventually gave in and let it be. Also, pardon the screaming…the MBP mics are quite sensitive.
Part 1 – Opening and Experts Panel Introductions
Part 2 – Deploying vRA 6.2’s Virtual Appliances
Part 3 – Deploying vRA 6.2, Installing IaaS Services
Part 4 – Deploying vRA 6.2, Initial System Configuration
Part 5 – vRA 6.2 Tenant Configuration, Adding a Tenant
Part 6 – vRA 6.2 Tenant Configuration, Adding Endpoints
Part 7 – vRA 6.2 Tenant Configuration, Fabric Groups and Business Groups
Part 8 – vRA 6.2 Tenant Configuration, Creating a Reservation (VDC)
Part 9 – vRA 6.2 Tenant Configuration, Create and Publish IaaS Blueprints
Part 10 – vRA 6.2 Tenant Configuration, Entitle and Provision IaaS Blueprints
Part 11 – vRA XaaS Config – Creating XaaS (ASD) Services
Thanks again to all the participants. This post wraps things up for 2014 and queues up many additional sessions and great topics for 2015!
Happy New Year!