Quick Tip - Creating a multiline Dockerfile using heredoc w/variable substitution

I was helping out a fellow colleague yesterday who was having some troubles handling a multiline echo statement within his Dockerfile. There are multiple ways in which you can create multiline Dockerfiles, the web is full of examples from using multiple echo statements (pretty ugly) to using heredocs which is easier to read and manage. The challenge was that he […]

Easily try out vSAN 6.6 Encryption feature using KMIP Docker Container

One of biggest feature introduced in the upcoming vSAN 6.6 release is the native vSAN Data-at-Rest Encryption capability. My good friend Duncan Epping even posted a video recently demo’ing the feature and showing how easy it is to enable with just a couple of clicks. Just like VM Encryption which was introduced in vSphere 6.5, vSAN Encryption also requires […]

VUM UMDS Docker Container for vSphere 6.5

Early last week, I had published an article on how to automate the deployment of VUM’s Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) in vSphere 6.5 for an Ubuntu 14.04 distribution. The interesting backstory to that script is that it started from a Docker Container that I had initially built for the VUM UMDS. I found that being able to […]

5 ways to a run PowerCLI script using the PowerCLI Docker Container

In case you missed the exciting update last week, the PowerCLI Core Docker Container is now hosted on Docker Hub. With just two simple commands you can now quickly spin up a PowerCLI environment in under a minute! This is really useful if you need perform a couple of operations using the cmdlets interactively and then discarding the environment once you […]

How to run a Docker Container on the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5?

One of the most notable changes in the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) in vSphere 6.5 is a switch of the underlying OS from SLES to VMware’s very own Photon OS. With this change, VMware will now own the entire software stack within the VCSA (OS + Application). This will allow VMware to quickly respond and deliver OS and security updates to […]