HandsOn: Appcatalyst and Photon

If you are using Apple Mac OS and wanted to test-drive docker container there is a simple solution for that coming from VMware called AppCatalyst. I’m using VMware Fusion but i wanted a smarter solution to deploy Docker images like e.g. boot2docker does. So AppCatalyst gives you the power of the VMware hypervisor technology with an easy to use CLI and API to manage your VMs. As a little Background or Use-Case i wanted to run the docker image greencape/jekyll to test drive Markdown and Jekyll for my local writing of this blog. So we have a Use-Case and we have a technical solution for that - let’s start with the download…

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Docker-As-A-Service - Running containers in VMware

This post essentially is the translation of my article for the German IT magazine IT Administrator as first mentioned here. If you find this interesting you’ll also like the posts by my colleague Christian Klose and his experience with the Coopto plug-in.

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HandsOn: Docker and Coopto - Docker-as-a-Service in vRealize Automation

Robert Szymczak created a Plug-In for VMware vRealize Orchestrator which should help Administrators and Users to easily deploy and manage Docker Instances, Containers and Nodes on VMware Infrastructure. The project is open source and is located on GitHub and there is also a ReadMe and a Wiki available. You could also download it as a vRealize Orchestrator Package from VMware Solution Exchange here.

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Docker on VMware

Just a quick heads up on my recent writing for the German magazine “IT-Administrator” where I discuss integrating Docker using Photon, vRealize Orchestrator, Coopto, and vRealize Automation to provide Docker-As-A-Service.

If your German is a bad as my Chinese you’ll probably consider reading the Google Translate version.

Update: I took the time to translate the article for you guys. You can find the translated version here.

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HandsOn: Veeam - Backup-as-a-Service in vRealize Automation

This is a use case description for some customer presentations about Backup as a Service using Veeam B&R v8. This article was originally posted January 2015 on my311.de.

The main idea behind that is to enable VMware Administrators or Users directly to choose a Backup SLA for their VM without the need to communicate with the Backup team - sorry Backup teams :-) The Backup Team acts as a Service Provider and offers different SLA’s which could be used by VMware Admins or Users.

I know about the Veeam REST API which is availbable for Version 8 with Veeam Enterprise Manager. I also know about the Powershell implementations but hey - i love VMware so i build solutions in Orchestrator :-) and decided to test drive some use case workflows in vRealize Orchestrator and also bind them to vRealize Automation.

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