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Run scripts in guest OS with vRA ABX Actions

15 minute read

Thus far in my vRealize Automation project, I’ve primarily been handing the payload over to vRealize Orchestrator to do the heavy lifting on the back end. Th...

Notes on vRA HA with NSX-ALB

7 minute read

This is going to be a pretty quick recap of the steps I recently took to convert a single-node instance of vRealize Automation 8.4.2 into a 3-node High-Avail...

Virtually Potato migrated to GitHub Pages!

3 minute read

After a bit less than a year of hosting my little technical blog with Hashnode, I spent a few days migrating the content over to a new format hosted with Git...

AdGuard Home in Docker on Photon OS

6 minute read

I was recently introduced to AdGuard Home by way of its very slick Home Assistant Add-On. Compared to the relatively-complicated Pi-hole setup that I had imp...

vRA8 Custom Provisioning: Part Four

10 minute read

My last post in this series marked the completion of the vRealize Orchestrator workflow that I use for pre-provisioning tasks, namely generating a unique seq...

vRA8 Custom Provisioning: Part Three

8 minute read

Picking up after Part Two, I now have a pretty handy vRealize Orchestrator workflow to generate unique hostnames according to a defined naming standard. It e...

vRA8 Custom Provisioning: Part Two

22 minute read

We last left off this series after I’d set up vRA, performed a test deployment off of a minimal cloud template, and then enhanced the simple template to use ...

vRA8 Custom Provisioning: Part One

8 minute read

I recently shared some details about my little self-contained VMware homelab as well as how I integrated {php}IPAM into vRealize Automation 8 for assigning I...

Using VS Code to explore giant log bundles

1 minute read

I recently ran into a peculiar issue after upgrading my vRealize Automation homelab to the new 8.3 release, and the error message displayed in the UI didn’t ...

VMware Home Lab on Intel NUC 9

13 minute read

I picked up an Intel NUC 9 Extreme kit a few months back (thanks, VMware!) and have been slowly tinkering with turning it into an extremely capable self-cont...

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Docker on Windows 10 with WSL2

2 minute read

Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 was recently updated to bring support for less-bleeding-edge Windows 10 versions (like 1903 and 1909). WSL2 i...

3D Modeling and Printing on Chrome OS

3 minute read

I’ve got an Ender 3 Pro 3D printer, a Raspberry Pi 4, and a Pixel Slate. I can’t interface directly with the printer over USB from the Slate (plus having to ...

Finding the most popular IPs in a log file

2 minute read

I found myself with a sudden need for parsing a Linux server’s logs to figure out which host(s) had been slamming it with an unexpected burst of traffic. Sur...

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