Create AppStack part One

Image result for app volume logoAs the title implies this blog article will be the first on a series of blogs on VMware App Volumes
(formerly CloudVolumes). VMware acquired
CloudVolumes in August 2014 and released it with the name App Volumes in December 2014.
VMware App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that we can use to dynamically deliver and manage applications. App Volumes builds a virtual machine disk file for applications and
connects them to a user desktop or virtual machine. Administrators can use App Volumes to remove, to update, or to install applications for users in real time. App Volumes allows applications and data to follow end users across devices and sessions.

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Connecting VMware Horizon 7.11 administrator to VMware vCenter

Horizon_LogoVMware Horizon, formerly called Horizon View, is a desktop and app virtualization product developed by VMware. It was first released under the name VMware VDM, but with the release of version 3.0.0 in 2008 it was changed to VMware. The name was       updated to Horizon View with the launch of version 6 in April 2014 and is now called VMware Horizon. The current version is 7.11.

Today I am connecting my VMware Horizon 7.11 environment to my VMware vCenter Appliance.

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VMware ESXi : Thick disk to Thin disk

imageAt the end of last year I have reinstalled my home lab environment from Microsoft Hyper-V to VMware ESXi. I converted my VM’s to the ESXi format with the VMware Offline converter. This process was going smoothly. To be honest way smoother that expected. I worked a lot with VMware in the past but since I started working at PQR I worked with VMware more and more. I really like the management features in VMware vCenter.
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Remove users that are Ready for Deletion in Ivanti Identity Director in my LAB

IID LogoIn my lab environment I perform reguarly Joiner, Leaver and Mover (JLM or Onboarding/Offboarding) actions.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor joiner leaver mover

Because, I frequently remove persons from my Identity Director environment the list under “Ready for Deletion” can become quite long.

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What is new in Ivanti Identity Director 2019.0?

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Last month Ivanti Identity Director 2019 has been released. This blog article will focus on the new features that have been added to the product. I will discuss the new highlights, if you want the read the full release notes, you can find them here. If you are new to Identity Director let me first explain what it is and what it does. Identity Director was launched back in 2014 by RES Software. In 2014 the product was called IT Store, later on it was called RES ONE Service Store and RES Identity Director. In July 2017 RES was acquired by Ivanti and since then the product is called Ivanti Identity Director.

But what does it do, you ask? The following description is coming from the Identity Director Admin guide:

Ivanti Identity Director provides your organization the means to fulfill virtually any conceivable user need. This can be access to an application, a printer or e-mail, the availability of a PC, laptop, mobile phone or lease car, but also changes to a computing environment as the result of employee onboarding, integration with other solutions to reduce service desk tickets, etc. To fulfill these needs, your organization probably already has many business processes in place. With Ivanti Identity Director you can automate and manage these processes by delivering them as a service.

  • People qualify for services based on their identity and role within your organization. In turn, these services may depend on or be restricted by other services. This ensures that only the right services are delivered to the right people.
  • Services can be delivered and returned either automatically (identity-based) or through self-service (access-based). Ivanti estimates that approximately 80% of all services in your organization are identity-based services.
  • In each service, workflow actions determine what happens during the delivery and return of the service. These actions can be approvals, Ivanti Automation Run Books, request for information, etc.

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Multiple PowerShell outputs within Ivanti Automation

imageIvanti Automation (formally known as RES Automation) and PowerShell work very well together. By using PowerShell from within Ivanti Automation we are able to talk to any system that utilize a REST full API.

The Task for Powershell does only allow for all the screen output of a script to be placed in one Automation parameter. To divide this output into multiple parameters the data had to be splited in Automation or in Ivanti Identity Director.

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Using special characters in PowerShell Variables

PowerShellPowerShell is an important part of today’s IT landscape. By using PowerShell you can manage systems from different vendors in a unified way. Nowadays more and more vendors come with there own PowerShell cmdlets, PowerShell is way more than just another tool for today’s sysadmins. Today more then ever IT pros should me getting onboard the PowerShell train. It reminds me of a presentation I saw a couple of years ago where the presenter urged the attendees to ether learn PowerShell today or learn how to say the phrase “Do you want to have fries with that?”.

I am not sure if it is going to be like that. If you like scripting, learning PowerShell can be allot of fun. People often ask how to start learning PowerShell since there is so much to learn and there is allot of content on the subject online. My advice if you want to learn PowerShell today would be: https://www.manning.com/books/learn-windows-powershell-in-a-month-of-lunches-second-edition

This is a good way to learn the fundamental basics and guide you through the first steps in the world called PowerShell.

Today I want to talk about naming your variables, you want the name to identify its purpose so you can still tell what it does when you revisit your script a year later.

What characters can you use for naming a variable? To start off you can use all the alphanumeric characters, both capital letters and small letters.

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