VCAP6-DCV Deploy Exam Simulator

VCAP6-DCV Deploy Exam Simulator

I just thought I would share this great tool as I know one day I may need it but I am sure someone in the community will already find it useful.

Kyle Jenner has made aware of an awesome lab by Graham (@VirtualG_UK) for people to log into and be able to train for their VCAP. Places are limited and if I can help in some way by providing lab space I think I will reach out and try!



Good luck to anyone taking this exam and I hope this helps out. Amazing work


Black Friday Tech Goodness

Following on from my posts yesterday it appears pretty much everything I mentioned is on sale

Acloud guru have a great deal on their courses with lifetime access

Also it appears in the UK the Amazon Echo has also been reduced


Raspberry Pi and Alexa

Raspberry Pi and Alexa

As its only one day till Black Friday and I haven’t seen the Amazon Echo reduced as much as I would have hoped I thought I would write this post up. Seeing as I am also exploring AWS at the moment ready for when VMware will sit on it natively I also thought it would be good idea to look at getting my AWS certification so that if I wanted to do any integrations not running on VMware I could.

I found quite quickly some of the courses work better with the use of Alexa and she can also test you if using

Luckily if you want to give this a go and don’t want to splash out on a £150 echo if you have a Raspberry Pi sat in your drawer go dig it out! You can build a near full Amazon Echo with it. It appears audio streaming isn’t supported at the moment but most other things are.

There is a great guide on lifehacker and a video version over at the main Raspberry Pi site depending on how you like to digest stuff.

Once you have it up and going if you really want to play and not only use it for exam prep like me you can try out Acloud Guru for free at the moment. There is a free Alexa course here if you want to make her do new things.

It’s a great way to learn and have fun at the same time!

Keeping your blog secure

Keeping your blog secure

If like me you use WordPress for hosting your blog and you may well be hosting this yourself you may have found keeping this all up to date and secure can be a bit of a nightmare.  There are a few things I do to try and secure my blog and keep it up to date.

The first thing I have installed is Jetpack. This not only lets me know about plugin been out of date it monitors my downtime and provide some level of malicious attack blocking. It also offers good things like stats and speeding up images via various means.

Secondly a new one for me but Sucuri does a good job of letting me know if there are any changes to critical files or logins. It also have a firewall built in and several other features to keep you secure. I also have it letting me know when posts are changed or released just in case.

To enhance the above I did a 2FA post here and I use Duo to further protect myself from brute force logins. I wont only get the email from Sucuri but I will also get a 2FA response from Duo.

Of course an obvious one is keeping a regular backup where possible. Many web hosts now throw this in if you just ask them.

Keeping it all organised

Keeping it all organised

Very much a follow on post from yesterday but I just wanted to share an app that I use to keep some of my tasks at bay. I know there are also other ways of doing this but I quite like their app and it sync across all my devices.

It’s called todoist

The main thing I love is the simplicity for some items but you can also make others as complex as you want for example projects. There is also that very primal satisfying feeling of ticking things off but not losing that original sticky note.

I do want to try some of the other work management tools such as pomodoro technique to see if I can be even more efficient.

It is also nice just to got down notes in like get bread or write a blog post just as a gentle nudge.

VCSA 6.5 A problem occurred while reading the OVF file / Error: ovftool is not available on Mac

VCSA 6.5 A problem occurred while reading the OVF file / Error: ovftool is not available on Mac

So today I spent sometime updating and rebuilding my lab so I could write some further articles. It appears one of the versions that you may well have downloaded of the VCSA ISO has a small bug. My version of the ISO was called VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-4602587.iso but it may well have been fixed now otherwise you get the following error whilst trying to install the VCSA appliance from the Mac GUI.

A problem occurred while reading the OVF file.: Error: ovftool is not available


I must say a massive thanks to David Stamen on the vExpert Slack for finding a fix for this and pointing me in the right direction. I believe Emad Younis is also aware of the issue and will be looking into this. I did see his post about it only hitting macOS Sierra 10.12.1 but I am still on 10.12 (10.12 Beta (16A312a)) and I still get the error. I thought another person putting something up about it would be good as I got nothing from Google at the time of writing this article.

It appears to be down to how the OS now prepares certain things. I didn’t have time to test this on my older Mac as the workaround is fairly easy anyway. Much better than me scrabbling round and installing the OVF tool and scratching my head wondering why it still doesn’t work.

The trick is to save the error log from the above window and herein lies the answer to getting it to work. Again I haven’t got another machine at this OS level to test so I am making an assumption that the path may differ in each persons profile and/or machine.

If you scroll to the end of the log you will see a very interesting path. Copy this out and open the location from Go to folder… action from within finder (CMD+Shift+G).


Inside this folder copy the whole VCSA folder from the ISO and relaunch the VCSA GUI. It did find you could select back and next and it would work but better to be safe. You will now see that this can read the OVF and all the items get populated as expected. I have also been advised to copy out the whole ISO to a temporary folder and run the GUI from here to get best results.