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Building VMware Software-Defined Data Centers by Valentin Hamburger

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vRA concepts

If this is the first encounter with the tool, it will throw a lot of new terms at administrators, yet to be understood. While it follows VMware's methodology and naming conventions, there are a couple of things which are not used by any other tool in the VMware ecosystem.

vRA's little helper

Besides the portal itself, vRA requires some helper services to actually get things done in the underlying environment. During the setup, those are configured and aligned to work together with vRA to be able to automate the underlying infrastructure.

DEM

DEM is sometimes also referred to as the manager service. Basically, this component is connecting vRA to possible deployment targets for VMs. This can be vCenter (as suggested during the wizard-driven ...

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