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About Me

Hi All,

My name is Scott Norris I have been working with VMware technologies since ESX 2. I have had many roles in my IT career. I have been working exclusively on VMware technologies for the past 10 Years.

For 5 years I ran a 100% dedicated VMware Team for one of the worlds top technology companies working on accounts around the world but based in Australia.
If I had been called the shit has hit the fan. most of my work was break fix and even have the local VMware guys calling for assistance occasionally, The rest of my work is focused on architectural decisions and road maps for many clients.

Now after years of being asked to make the move I finally stepped over to the vendor and now work for VMware, where I deliver services to a wide range of clients and has been a change of pace to what I was used to. But so far so good 🙂

I started this blog for 2 reasons, When I was under going chemotherapy for NHL I had allot of time sitting in a chair not doing much so part was to do with boredem, the other reason is I work on large accounts covering most VMware products and have seen allot so its a way to show solutions or help with configurations of VMware products for others out there, To give back to the VMware community.

I don’t post half as much as I would like but when I get time there will be a burst of posts.

On this blog my views are my own and not of my employer.

Twitter Account: @auScottNorris


  1. tejas walia
    tejas walia October 5, 2018

    how do i set the windows or linux template in blueprint using custom form.
    scenario :-
    end user can choose windows or linux in a dropdown, so similiar template and custom specs should be used.
    only a single vcenter machine is to be used in the blueprint.

    • Scott Norris
      Scott Norris October 13, 2018

      Hey tejas walia,

      To achieve this you need to use component profiles, this is located under the property definitions and you assign these to the blueprint to be able to select t-shirt sizes and templates/custom spec.
      Only available from 7.3 on wards though.


  2. Jason
    Jason November 21, 2019

    Hello, Scott
    I am from china ,My name is Jason zhao .
    I know you from
    Resently ,I meet a trouble that our ESXi lost connect with storage,so want to real time check the esxi and storage link status from VRO,I know can use smtp and snmp,but use these ways,I can not real time receive alert,So i want to use sms .Can you any suggest for me .
    If you reply me ,i will very happy for your kindly help.
    I am looking forward to your reply.

  3. Markos A.
    Markos A. April 13, 2020


    I am very pleased with the informations and videos you had posted and found them very helpful. Thank you. However, I need your help building simi-automated vRA 8 forms and blueprint that will utilize four network tiers using NSX. I would appreciate if you could contact me to discuss it further and share the conceptual drawing I put together. Again thank you.

    Best regards,


  4. Alex Graham
    Alex Graham June 28, 2021

    Hi Scott,

    Do you share sample blueprints on any repos?

    Also have you done any VRO videos, especially with the VRA interaction?

    Thanks – Alex.

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