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Salt SDDC Modules – State Files

My previous post introduced Salt Extension Modules for VMware, this is an open source project that provides a collection of Salt-maintained extension modules for VMware vSphere, vCenter, ESXi, NSX-T, VMC and friends. That post covered also commands. In this post we will cover State files. At the time I am writing this post there aren’t…Continue readingSalt SDDC Modules – State Files

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Salt SDDC Modules – Getting Started

Salptoject.io recently released a collection of open source (of course!) Salt-maintained extension modules for VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud on AWS and NSX-T. You can find these modules on Github here, the documentation here and a pretty cool quickstart guide here. This is quite early days for these modules, so at the moment I am just planning to…Continue readingSalt SDDC Modules – Getting Started

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Painting the new Cappella Sistina. In the Cloud.

Running a business is art. Cloud Operating Model helps you becoming an artist of success.Continue readingPainting the new Cappella Sistina. In the Cloud.

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vRA SaltStack Config – Pillars

Salt Pillars are key elements to have parametric Salt State files allowing them to be more flexible and reusable. Here is an introduction to Salt PillarContinue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Pillars

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vRA SaltStack Config – Top Files

So far we played with Salt State files to apply configurations to Minions and we learned that these are generic by design and describe only what configuration should be achieved. And we used the concept of Targeting to specify where one, or more, State should be applied. In this post I’ll try to cover a different…Continue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Top Files

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Decentralized IT, real life experiences

In an average working week I meet (or better Zoom, Teams, …) with an average of 10/12 different customer ops teams randomly ranging from the large-enterprise to the tiny company. Here is something I am seeing happening more and more throughout the spectrum of all the companies that develop their own software regardless their size…Continue readingDecentralized IT, real life experiences

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VMworld 2021

Imagine that: great tech, great guests, great customers stories, great you! October 6-7 in the virtual Barcelona this year.Continue readingVMworld 2021

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Pipeline Automation with vRealize Automation (Code Stream)

vRealize Automation is made up of multiple components, one of them is Code Stream that allows users to automate application and infrastructure delivery process with release pipelinemanagement, including visibility and analytics into active pipelines and their status for troubleshooting. To be honest I was not a fan of Code Stream and when a customer engagement…Continue readingPipeline Automation with vRealize Automation (Code Stream)

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Consume vRA SaltStack Config API in vRA Extensibility

These are the early days of the integration between vRealize Automation and vRealize Automation SaltStack Config (formerly know as SaltStack Enterprise) and some things are yet to come. For instance, today in the 8.4 version if you deprovision a VM in vRA the related Salt Minion key is not deleted in vRA SaltStack Config, this…Continue readingConsume vRA SaltStack Config API in vRA Extensibility

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vRA SaltStack Config – Event-Driven Automation

In the previous post we introduced State Files and explored a bit how they allow a declarative approach to configuration management. We also covered how States Files can be applied to Targets through Commands and Jobs and we will explore in the future the concept of Highstate. All of this is human initiated: an operator…Continue readingvRA SaltStack Config – Event-Driven Automation