The Homelab – In A Tiny Box

Like most I need ‘something’ of a home lab for learning, testing and developing solutions on. My requirements are pretty straightforward. I mainly need a simple vSphere setup with vRA, vRO and a Windows Domain Controller providing Active Directory, DNS and DHCP. I had been running various VMs...

The Importance Of Standards

[editor comment: we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sam Perrin. Thanks again Sam!] Recently I have been working with a financial industry customer who is all in on Automation, however it became apparent quite early on that they haven’t standardised their processes. Now, in day to...

Terraform – In Action

  I thought I would share two videos [editor: very basic, excuse the quality!] showing the use of Terraform to manipulate vSphere infrastructure. I recommend watching both videos ‘full screen’ for best effect [editor: and with popcorn if you have any, preferably sweet]   Video1 – vSphere Infrastructure...

Licensing Made Simple

Summary This tutorial will show you how to apply one or more licenses to vCenter through the use of Terraform. This can be expanded on to create a module that can be used across multiple vSphere environments.   Structure First of all, we are going to create a...

Terraform and vSphere – Part Two

Summary This is part two of a series aimed at getting you going with Terraform in a vSphere environment.  The series will assume you understand the concepts of IaC and Terraform, at a basic level. In part one, we setup Terraform and created a basic definition to create...

Terraform and vSphere – Part One

Summary This is part one of a series aimed at getting you going with Terraform in a vSphere environment.  The series will assume you understand the concepts of IaC and Terraform, at a basic level. We will start by getting setup with Terraform, creating a basic definition to...

Introducing Terraform

  [editor comment: if you don’t know what Infrastructure As Code (IaC) is I recommend reading this post first]     What Is Terraform Terraform is an open source tool that helps you provision, manage the state of and update, infrastructure. Terraform works by using Infrastructure as Code...