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vCloud Availability 3.0 Blog Series: Provider Post Deployment Configuration

Now that we have vCloud Availability (vCAv) installed and running. The last thing we will want to do is prepare it for production by making some post deployment provider configuration changes. First, it is important to note when linking vCAv with vCloud Director 9.5 and earlier, the default behavior is to expose the extension to

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vCloud Availability 3.0 Blog Series: Provider Installation

  Now that we have discussed some of the key features and architecture of vCloud Availability, it is time to install the service. In this blog we will discuss the provider installation of vCloud Availability by breaking the installation down into the following steps: 1. Deploying Appliances 2. Configuration 2.1 Cloud Manager 2.2 Replicators 2.3

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vCloud Availability 3.0 Blog Series: Cloud Access, Ownership, and Visibility

VMware vCloud Availability 3.0 (vCAv) allows for self-serviceability by the provider and tenants for disaster recovery services. When working with the customer to set up the service, it is important to understand the scope of responsibility for the service and how it will be managed. This blog will focus on different factors impacting replication in

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vCloud Availability 3.0 Blog Series: Managing vCloud Availability Access

By default, the vCloud Availability UI extension and APIs are enabled for all tenants. Tenants who don’t currently subscribe to the service will see the vCloud Availability extension as well. This can lead to confusion on behalf of the customer. Luckily, in vCloud Director, there is a way to manage extensions. In this blog, we will walk

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vCloud Availability 3.0 Blog Series: Introduction

Until now Disaster Recovery as a service for Cloud Providers has been broken up into three unique solutions: vCloud Availability C2C, vCloud Availability DR2C, and vCloud Director Extender. Unfortunately, these solutions brought with them three disparate interfaces and infrastructure. This has led to a lot of bloat and confusion for cloud providers to sort through.

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Usage Meter 3.5 End of General Support

VMware Usage Meter 3.5 End of General Support VMware Usage Meter 3.5 has set end of general support (EoGS) for March 31, 2019. Users of Usage Meter 3.5, or earlier, will be required to upgrade to version 3.6.1. This update needs  to be completed prior to March 31 to ensure the new appliance is reporting for

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Trial Mode for VMware Usage Insight

VMware Usage Insight   With VMware Usage Insight, Cloud Providers have an opportunity to automate monthly end-user reporting into the VMware Cloud Provider Business Portal. This is especially beneficial for Providers who leverage multiple VMware Usage Meters. Not only does VMware Usage Insight provide a single pane of glass reported by each VMware Usage Meter, but

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vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1 Hot Patch 2

We are pleased to announce a minor update to vCloud Usage Meter 3.6.1 with UM 3.6.1 Hot Patch 2. If Usage Meter is currently not experiencing issues mentioned below, updating to this patch is not necessary.  Hot Patch 2 resolves issues that occur when generating reports in large setups and resolves issues in vCenter collections and metering vSAN and NSX. Hot

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Usage Meter requirement for SMTP

As we continue to enhance the features and capabilities of Usage Meter, one of the changes that has people asking questions is why we are requiring the configuration of SMTP when installing Usage Meter 3.6.x. This was a change from 3.5.x where SMTP was not a requirement.  Usage Meter Monitoring One of the key reasons

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What’s new in vCloud Availability Cloud-to-Cloud DR 1.5

Recently vCloud Availability for Cloud-to-Cloud Disaster Recovery (C2C DR) 1.5 launched with a number of new features. Here is a summary of the new features that are introduced with this release. Embedded vCloud Availability user interface Replication policies vCloud Availability API Enhanced Scale If you are new to vCloud Availability Cloud-to-Cloud DR, or would like

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