vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager license error "Exception while loading DLF"

I was just trying to add a new license in to my vRSLCM (vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager) v8.0.1 instance when I hit upon the following error: Exception while loading DLF. Check logs for more detail. Not the most helpful of messages! Of course, the first rule of technology is “turn it off and on again”. After rebooting the vRSLCM appliance I tried again and it worked without issue.…

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Trusted SSL certificates in OSX 10.15+ and iOS 13+

I deployed a new vSphere VCSA for my homelab in December 2019 (last month). By default these come with a self-signed SSL certificate that's valid for 10 years. Of course I typically replace these with a signed certificate but it's not always the first thing that I do. What I found this time however is that on my Mac neither Chrome or Brave would allow me to reach the web UI. Only Firefox would. I expect security warnings for self-signed (and hence untrusted) certificates. On the former two browsers though the message suggests that the certificate is invalid in some…

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Homelab vSphere 6.7u3 experience

About 18 months ago I wrote a post on my experience upgrading my homelab from vSphere 6.5 to vSphere 6.7. Since that time it has had a few rebuilds and reconfigurations, been off for several months, been idle, been busy and generally just worked. The one constant though was the build of ESXi that I was using. It was always 6.7 GA. Having been switched off for some time, I brought it back up over the Christmas break after a long lunch with homelab hero @virtualhobbit. The point of this post is not the reasons why my…

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Migrating from Wordpress to Hugo Part 4: Securing the Site with SSL

I originally drafted this in June 2018. Following on from Sam McGeown's recent migration to Hugo, I thought I'd finally publish this in case it's useful for anyone rather than sitting on it until I complete the process! Why SSL? It's only a blog, so why SSL? It's going to be static content, so why SSL? In this article I'll deal with those questions and go through the process of requesting an SSL certificate using AWS Certificate Manager. Let's Go Secure! If you recall, our finishing point is going to end up being a collection of static HTML files served…

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Migrating from Wordpress to Hugo Part 3: Hosted Zones in Route53

I originally drafted this in June 2018. Following on from Sam McGeown's recent migration to Hugo, I thought I'd finally publish this in case it's useful for anyone rather than sitting on it until I complete the process! It's Always DNS When things go wrong in the IT world DNS misconfiguration is one of those things that often sits at the root of your problems. It's important to get it right not only for correct functioning, but also because some of the subsequent steps depend on it. As part of my migration of this blog to Hugo, I'm placing one…

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Migrating from Wordpress to Hugo Part 2: Basic Tooling

I originally drafted this in June 2018. Following on from Sam McGeown's recent migration to Hugo, I thought I'd finally publish this in case it's useful for anyone rather than sitting on it until I complete the process! Summary of Tools Used These are the tools I'll be using during my migration of my WordPress blog to Hugo (in AWS): GithubSourceTree (git client)HomebrewHugoAWSCLISublime (text editor)AWS S3AWS CloudFrontAWS Certificate ManagerAWS Route53Filezilla Building a Toolkit I'm a Mac user. I have been for a number of years and I don't plan to switch anytime very soon. Most of the tools…

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Migrating from Wordpress to Hugo Part 1: Overview

I originally drafted this in June 2018. Following on from Sam McGeown's recent migration to Hugo, I thought I'd finally publish this in case it's useful for anyone rather than sitting on it until I complete the process! What, When and Why? I've been blogging using WordPress for about 10 years. In recent months I've seen several respected bloggers make the move to Hugo and it has inspired me to do the same. You might ask “Why?”, and I have a few reasons: For starters, I want to improve my skills and knowledge in certain areas of…

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vRO 7.6 XaaS form support clarification

When vRealize Orchestrator 7.6 became generally available last week (and related to the simultaneous availability of vRealize Automation 7.6), an eagle-eyed VMware Partner spotted a statement in the release notes under the Feature and Support Notice section. One of the statements in that section initially read: vRealize Automation XAAS forms support only workflows created in the Orchestrator Legacy Client. I asked a colleague in the Cloud Management Business Unit (CMBU) about this and was eventually put in touch with the right person in R&D who could expand on the meaning further. The statement has now been…

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