Create VMware Cloud Foundation API Collection in Postman

VMware Cloud Foundation has a number of Public APIs, the documentation around this can easily be found by logging into the SDDC Manager UI and selecting the Developer Center. From here you can even execute an API on the running system. Whilst this is all available right there in the SDDC Manager UI, its also …

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VMware Cloud Foundation – Manually Generating the JSON Using Deployment Parameter Workbook

On August 24th VMware released VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3, and along with this release a small change was introduced concerning the JSON file used by VMware Cloud Builder to perform the management domain bring-up. This change involves the JSON file generated from the Deployment Parameter Workbook being immediately deleted from the file system (usually stored …

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VMware Cloud Foundation – Reset vCenter Server Root Password

Over the last twelve months it seems to be a common scenario where customers find that the password for the root account of vCenter Server expires and then they start observing weird behavior within SDDC Manager. By default following the initial deployment of a vCenter Server appliance, the root password will expire after 90 days, …

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VMware Cloud Foundation – Reconfigure DNS and NTP Servers using API Explorer

If you need to make changes to the DNS or NTP server information that was provided during VMware Cloud Foundation bring-up, you can use the VMware Cloud Foundation API to update the servers. The VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide provides guidance around this today which can be found under the section title Updating …

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VMware Cloud Foundation – Upgrade Precheck Fails for ESXi Config

Whilst working on a few things this week I needed to upgrade my home lab running VMware Cloud Foundation, and was walking through the Upgrade Precheck when I hit a failure for the ESXi Config. During my investigation what I've found is that if there is any kind of warning that gets thrown in the …

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VMware Cloud Foundation – Delete a Network IP Pool Range Using the API

This week I was contacted by a member of the VMware Global Support team who was working with a customer that was trying to remove an unused IP range from one of their Network Pools in SDDC Manager but they were hitting issues. Basically the SDDC Manager UI was throwing the following error: Failed to …

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Cloud Builder Validation: SSL Certificate common name doesn’t match ESXi FQDN

On February 9th VMware released VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2, and with it a number of new security enhancements, one of which means that each ESXi host used for either a Management Domain or Workload Domain now requires the self-signed certificate for the ESXi host to have its common name matching the real FQDN assigned to …

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Cloud Foundation – Retrying a Failed Workflow

This week I was doing some testing in my home lab, and purely by accident I entered some details incorrect into the VI Configuration Wizard which walks you through the inputs to deploy a Workload Domain in Cloud Foundation. I had wrongly entered the FQDN of the Management Domain vCenter Server instead of the new …

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VMware Cloud Builder – Logging and Log Collection

VMware Cloud Builder is used to automate the deployment of VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Validated Designs, during the initial bringup phase both solutions use the same components of the VMware Cloud Builder appliance: JsonGenerator - used to take the Excel file and generate the JSON file used by the bringup servicePlatformAudit - used to …

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VMware Cloud Builder Version Matrix

Last Updated: 14-Jan-2020 VMware Cloud Builder supports both VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Validated Design deployments each of which have their own version numbers. VMware Cloud Builder also has its own version and build number and as we release new versions keeping track of which version supports which VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Validated Design …

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