Exporting the details from a vSphere installation can be extremely useful prior to a migration to VMware Cloud on AWS. Alternatively it can be a useful way to gather a point-in-time snapshot of a VMware environment for documentation or planning purposes. It may even provide details and insights you didn’t even know were there 🙂
Deploying HCX (VMware Hybrid Cloud Extensions) is considered to be complex and difficult by most. It doesn’t help that it’s usually one of those things you’d only do once so it doesn’t pay to spend a lot of effort to learn. However, as with everything it’s not hard once you know how to do it. This video aims to show how to deploy HCX both in VMC (VMware Cloud on AWS) and in the on-premises DC or lab.
It uses both the method of creating the service mesh over the internet as well as how to create it over a private connection, like DX (AWS Direct Connect) or a VPN.
A VPN cannot be used for L2 Extension if it is terminated on the VMC SDDC. In this tutorial I’ll use a VPN which is terminated on an AWS TGW which is in turn peered with a VTGW connected to the SDDC we’re attaching to.
I printed in white PLA using the 0.2mm quality preset on a Prusa i3 MK3s
Trying out the fit of a few silver cherry compatible switches after having painted purple using Tamiya TS-24 model paint
Soldering the diodes
For the wiring I used the diagram by Nick Green shown here.
For each row I use the diodes own wires as connectors between the keys. Solder the brown side of the diode to the key and use the black-side wire to hook up to the next key.
Soldering the vertical connectors
To connect the keys on the vertical side I use AWG22 copper wire with different colors to keep them separate more easily. AWG24 might have been better but this is what I had available at home.
I start by laying out the wire over the keys and then using a permanent marker to mark where they should have the insulation removed
Then I use a wire stripper to remove the insulation where the wire is marked. That way we can connect the same wire to multiple keys without having to cut the wire. The exposed part of the wire can also be pushed down over the key pin to get it to stay put while being soldered into place
Soldering largely done! Having some helping “hands” is highly recommended
Soldering pins to the Arduino Pro Micro
To make soldering of the pins easier I simply push them into a breadboard for support
Attaching the wires to the Arduino
To avoid the hassle of soldering each Arduino pin to the keyboard wires, and also to make it easy to replace the Arduino / wires if required, I use a crimping tool and some XH connectors.
Once the wires are attached to the XH connectors they can easily be connected to the pins of the Arduino. Some velcro keeps everything nice and tidy.
Adding the 3.5mm audio jacks
I solder VCC and GND wires to the black 3.5mm audio module and attach them to the corresponding pins on the Arduino using another XH connector. The data pin attaches to D3.
The two halves can now be connected using the 3.5mm audio cable (gray in the picture)