Configure NetApp ONTAP System Manager to Use VMware Identity Manager as a SAML IdP
This blog post provides a quick walkthrough of configuring NetApp ONTAP System Manager to use VMware Identity Manager/Workspace ONE Access to provide SAML authentication for users. This blog post assumes that your VMware Identity Manager and NetApp ONTAP System Manager environments are online and functional. Create SAML Users in NetApp ONTAP System Manager The first step in this process is to ensure that you have user accounts defined within NetApp ONTAP System Manager to support your SAML users.
Managing ESXi Local User Accounts from Aria Automation Orchestrator
In my previous blog post Managing ESXi Local User Accounts from vCenter Server Using PowerCLI, I provided a quick walkthrough of how to manage ESXi local user accounts using VMware PowerCLI and VMware vCenter Server. This post will provide a similar walkthrough, but I will utilize VMware Aria Automation Orchestrator this time. Getting Started This walkthrough assumes that you already have a working VMware Aria Automation Orchestrator deployment and that you’ve already established a connection to your VMware vCenter Server instance from VMware Aria Automation Orchestrator.
Managing ESXi Local User Accounts from vCenter Server Using PowerCLI
There was once a time early in my career when I would SSH to each VMware ESXi host and manually update the root account’s password. As time went by and the environment I was responsible for grew larger, so did the workload for resetting root account passwords regularly. Eventually, I researched and learned that these VMware ESXi local user accounts could be modified using VMware PowerCLI, and password updates became a much easier task.
Getting Started with the Aria Automation Orchestrator Plug-in for the vSphere Client
You might not know it from how VMware Aria Automation Orchestrator (formerly VMware vRealize Orchestrator) is marketed today, but originally, Aria Automation Orchestrator was bundled as a component of VMware vCenter Server. Titled VMware vCenter Orchestrator back in the day, it was one of the best ways to automate actions within your VMware vCenter Server. While vCenter Orchestrator was rebranded as vRealize Orchestrator, and now as Aria Automation Orchestrator, it is still included as a feature with each VMware vCenter Server license.
Upgrading to VMware vCenter Server 8.0
VMware announced the initial availability (IA) of VMware vSphere 8.0 on October 11, 2022. This new status of “initial availability” follows the new release model that VMware is utilizing for all future vSphere releases. This new release of vSphere is packed with many new features as well as many deprecated features. For a quick overview of what’s new in this release, view the VMware Blog post: Announcing: vSphere 8 Initial Availability.