How to fix user is not authorized error in vRealize Orchestrator (vRO)

Orchestrator is a great tool that can be used to automate day-to-day tasks in a virtualized environment. Nothing ruins someone’s day like spending many hours trying to get the orchestrator permissions fixed. I have always ran into this issue while configuring the orchestrator for the first time. I ran into the same issue with vRO in my home lab setup today and after lot of searching the world wide web I realized there’s actually a fix for this. Thought I’ll

VM Disaster Recovery using NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6.1

Disaster recovery (DR) is a process of protecting the workloads running on the primary site to another site known as the disaster recovery site. This keeps the application workloads up and running in case of a natural or any other kind of disaster that may occur. Disaster recovery is like insurance for the data center, it doesn’t hurt to spend some amount of the IT budget to make sure the end customers have continuity in the service that is provided to

How to configure KEMP Load Balancer for vRA Distributed setup

I recently wrote a detailed blog post on how to setup a vRA 7.1 distributed setup using the silent installer. One of the important parts of setting up the distributed environment was configuring the  load balancer (LB). The LB distributes the traffic among many redundant nodes of the infrastructure service. VMware has a document for configuring load balancing for vRA. The document covers the details of how this is done using F5, VMWare NSX and Citrix Netscalar. Since I decided to

vRealize Automation 7.1 Distributed Setup using Silent Installer

VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 went GA last week. There are many improvements in this new version of vRA. The release notes summarizes all these updates and can be found here. Jad El-Zein has written a very good post on these features and enhancements. One of the key feature is that vRA now ships with a silent installer for both minimal and distributed setup. In the previous version (7.0), a new way of installation was introduced. This was the automated wizard