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Rehashing vCenter Server Appliance Certificates

Posted by Rob Daniels on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 01:21 PM

After months of running the vSphere 5.1 appliance in my lab, I decided to install the 5.5 appliance to see just how far this little gem has come.  So, I downloaded and deployed the OVA, and moved onto initial configuration.  After the initial configuration was completed, I decided to tweak some values in the interface.  First and foremost - the DHCP configuration had to go.  Followed by setting the host FQDN, which was strangely omitted from the initial configuration.  This made running AD authentication a little difficult since AD integration requires that the appliance have an FQDN before it will accept the configuration.

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Topics: vSphere, vCenter

vSphere Web Client Workflow – VMkernel Port Network Label

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:20 AM
As you may know, there are a number of activities within the vSphere Web Client that are different from that in the vSphere C# Client.  One of these, as I discovered trying to do some reconfiguration in my lab this weekend, is changing the network label for a VMkernel port. Below are steps to change the network label for a VMkernel port in the vSphere 5.1 Web Client.
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Topics: VMware, vSphere

Deploying Linked-Clone Desktop Pools Using PowerCLI

Posted by Suhem Parack on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 09:29 AM

Deploying pools can be done using the VMware View Administrator. The Add Pool wizard in the Administrator takes us through a series of steps which include user assignment, pool Identification, provisioning settings, advanced storage options etc. (refer to the figure below). In this article we will learn a different approach to deploying pools - using a powerCLI cmdlet.

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Topics: VMware, vSphere, PowerCLI

Preparing Microsoft Visual Studio to Work with VMware PowerCLI

Posted by Suhem Parack on Mon, Jul 01, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

In this article, we will discuss how to prepare Visual Studio to perform various VMware tasks. VMware PowerCLI is a Windows PowerShell interface for managing and automating various vSphere tasks. Using VMware PowerCLI cmdlets in Visual Studio we can create, customize, or manage vSphere inventory objects.

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Topics: VMware, vSphere, PowerCLI

Lost Your ESXi Root Password? Reset It with Host Profiles!

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 11:26 AM
I’ve run into this situation a couple of times now as a consultant - I go on site, we need to make some changes that require (or would at least benefit from) SSH or console access into an ESXi host, but the root password is unknown for any number of reasons - the old admin who set it left, we forgot, whatever. Rather than rebuild the host, here’s a neat trick with Host Profiles to reset the root password.
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Topics: VMware, vSphere

vCenter Operations Manager 5.7 – What’s New and How to Upgrade

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 03:56 PM

Released on April 4, 2013, vCenter Operations Manager makes the next step forward in managing your vSphere environment. 

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Topics: Updates, vSphere, vCenter Operations

Configuring vCenter Server and ESXi to Use the Same Identity Source

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Thu, Feb 07, 2013 @ 09:59 AM
For the most part, the same group of admins will end up with a need for administrative access to both vCenter Server and ESXi hosts. To facilitate ease of administration, as well as to provide a clear audit trail, ESXi and vCenter Server should authenticate user access through the same identity source. This article will outline how to make ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1 (with a little help from Single Sign-On) authenticate against the same identity source, as well as give a group of admins access to both.
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Topics: VMware, vSphere, vCenter

Configuring vCenter SSO to Use a New AD Identity Source

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 09:44 AM

During the installation of vCenter Single Sign On (SSO), the installer will attempt to detect the Active Directory (AD) domain for the logged in user and add it as an Identity Source. For the most part, this works fine; however, I’ve run into a couple of instances so far deploying vSphere 5.1 to customers where they either want to add a second AD Identity Source or for one reason or another (running the installer as the local administrator is a typical case), the installer didn’t properly add a non-System-Domain Identity Source.

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Topics: VMware, vSphere

vSphere 5 DRS Groups and Rules

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 @ 04:02 PM

I was recently looking for a step-by-step guide for creating vSphere DRS rules and groups for a customer implementing a vSphere Storage Metro Cluster with EMC VPLEX and had trouble finding a comprehensive article, so I decided to write one. Without further ado:

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Topics: vSphere

Deploying and Configuring vCenter Operations Foundation 5.6

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Mon, Dec 03, 2012 @ 12:57 PM

As of November 29, 2012, all vSphere customers, even down to those who purchased Essentials bundles, are entitled to vCenter Operations Foundation 5.6. While not as fully featured as the other vCenter Operations Management Suite editions, it’s a great place to gain some insight into your vSphere environment that you may not have previously had. Some of the features you get with vCenter Operations Foundation 5.6, described as vSphere Performance and Health, are:

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Topics: VMware, vSphere, vCenter Operations

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