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Connect vCenter to vRealize Orchestrator 7.x

Last month, we discussed how to install VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.x. Once vRO is installed, you can begin utilizing Orchestrator plug-ins. Orchestrator plug-ins allow you to access and interact with external applications through workflows. Natively, the vRealize Orchestrator appliance deploys with a set of standard plug-ins. It is also possible to develop custom plug-ins with Orchestrator’s open standards.

The vCenter connection plug-in is a good place to begin your Orchestrator journey. In order to access objects and run workflows against your vSphere environment, this connection needs to be configured to your vCenter Server instance.

Configure Connection to vCenter Server

Log into the vRealize Orchestrator Client. From the Workflows tab, locate Add a vCenter Instance workflow under Library > vCenter > Configuration. Right-click the workflow and select Start workflow.

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PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition Release and Changes

PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition is coming! As per PMI, the latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide is scheduled to be released September 6th, 2017.

What is the PMBOK® Guide?

  • PMBOK is an acronym for Project Management Body of Knowledge.
  • The PMBOK® Guide is a collection of processes and knowledge areas that are accepted as standards within the project management industry.
  • The PMBOK® Guide is updated every four years. The PMP exam changes shortly after to reflect new material.
    • The PMP exam is not strictly a test on the PMBOK® Guide. However, the PMBOK® Guide is considered a key resource for the exam.

What does the new release mean for prospective PMPs?

  • The exam is slated to reflect Sixth Edition material in Q1 of 2018. Therefore, if you are taking the exam before January 2018, continue studying the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition. If you plan to take the exam after January 2018, study the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition.

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Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5 Released

Earlier this month, Zerto announced the release of ZVR 5.5. Today, Zerto hosted a keynote webinar to kick off the release. They keynote introduced some valuable new features, but where version 5.5 excels is in the further development of existing offerings; namely cloud continuity. Several enhancements to Azure and AWS offerings highlight Zerto Virtual Replication 5.5.

Azure and Zerto 5.5

In Zerto 5.0, the ability to replicate to Microsoft Azure was introduced. In version 5.5, bi-directional replication possible as you can now replicate back on-prem from Microsoft Azure. Replication with Azure now supports an array of features, including failovers, offsite clones, 30-day journals, and file restores from Azure journals.

Amazon Web Services and Zerto 5.5

Zerto 5.5 improves on their AWS offering by boosting recovery times. With the new zImporter feature, RTOs can be increased by up to 6x. Import Options now include:

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Install Windows Server 2016 on VMware

Historically, the adoption rate on major server releases is slow. With Windows Server 2016 about to hit one year in the release cycle, more organizations are gearing up to deploy the operating system in their environments. That being the case, it seemed appropriate to walk through an install of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 as the guest OS in a vSphere 6.5 environment.

NOTE – Server 2016 is fully supported from ESXi 5.5 and up, as per the VMware Compatibility Guide.

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