About Jake Robinson

Former Bluelock Solutions Architect Jake Robinson specialized in virtualized infrastructure and infrastructure automation. He is a VCP, a former CISSP and a VMware vExpert.

Setting Default VDSwitch security for vCloud with PowerCLI

March 18, 2013 by Jake Robinson

Working as a public vCloud provider periodically gives me the opportunity to help clients that are running their own private vCloud. It’s a great side benefit to working with an experienced public vCloud provider in case you need some advanced help, or custom code/scripting! In this case, my client needed to set default security permissions for…

Enterprise Grade Security in Your Virtual Datacenters

December 11, 2012 by Jake Robinson

Cloud security is always the first concern for the Fortune 500 clients looking at Bluelock as their public cloud provider (and rightfully so). Public cloud, in general, has gotten a bad rap on the security front. Some simply use the concern as a way to discount the idea of public cloud infrastructure as a service…

Creating new vCloud Organization users with PowerCLI

December 7, 2012 by Jake Robinson

There is not a New-CIUser cmdlet *yet*, but I’ll show you the way you can do it now! We’ll need 3 things: A username, a password, and a role. To get the role we want to assign the user, we’ll need to use Search-Cloud: Search-Cloud -QueryType Role | select Name This will give us a…

vCloud Director Snapshots with PowerCLI

October 12, 2012 by Jake Robinson

If you or your provider are already running vCloud Director 5.1, you now have access to take a single snapshot of your VMs. If you want to play with snapshots in PowerCLI, you’re going to need the module in this blog. PowerCLI 5.1 currently only supports the vCloud API 1.5, which means there are no…

Cloud Automation with PowerCLI

August 24, 2012 by Jake Robinson

I have the distinct privilege to present with Alan Renouf and Eric Williams this year at VMworld. The session is entitled Automating Bare Metal to the Cloud and Beyond. In this session, Eric will demonstrate the use of PowerCLI and UCS PowerTool to quickly deploy your own cloud infrastructure with a single script. (Amazing!) After the cloud…

Uploading VMs to vCloud with OVFtool

August 10, 2012 by Jake Robinson

VMware’s OVFtool is a command line tool that allows you to convert VMware Virtual Machines to Open Virtualization Format, or OVF. In the latest version, it can also upload VMs to vCloud Director for you as well! To do this, OVFtool simply requires a source (VMX or OVF), and a destination (a vCloud Locator). The…

Add vCloud Harddisks with PowerCLI

July 13, 2012 by Jake Robinson

In vCloud API/GUI Throwdown part 2, I showed you how to modify VM disk sizes in vCloud Director while the VM is still powered on. However, we did *not* cover adding new disks to a VM. Adding new harddisks is a little tricky because of the implementation of the object in the SDK.. The conversion…

Cost-saving vCloud Feature: vApp Leases

June 27, 2012 by Jake Robinson

When it comes to cost control in the cloud, Bluelock Portfolio gives you great insight to where your inefficiencies are hiding. Portfolio is known for helping to spot those pesky over-allocated resources within your Virtual Datacenter, but what about in temporary workloads? Here at Bluelock, we see a few different temporary workloads that apply: Software…

The 4 Levels of Replication for Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

May 11, 2012 by Jake Robinson

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS or RaaS) is big on the hype meter right now, and cloud computing providers are clamoring to find solutions to fill the gap. The biggest driver in DR in the Cloud is the utility-like aspect of purchasing infrastructure, because you only pay for what you use. Disaster Recovery lends…

Bluelock Upgrades to VMware vCloud Director 1.5

March 12, 2012 by Jake Robinson

2012 has proven to be an exciting year for Bluelock clients! In January, we introduced the cost projection feature within our Bluelock Portfolio cloud support tool. Today, Bluelock continues the tradition of cloud innovation with the upgrade to VMware vCloud Director 1.5. This upgrade delivers increased cloud agility and makes it even easier to adopt…