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vCenter Server Heartbeat 6.5 – Design Considerations

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Mon, Sep 09, 2013 @ 09:57 AM
vCenter Server Heartbeat (vCSHB) is a great mechanism for protecting vCenter Server and related or supporting services, such as its Microsoft SQL database or Horizon View Composer. However, with any solution of this magnitude, there will be points in the design to which careful consideration needs to be applied.
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Topics: VMware, Virtualization, vCenter

VMworld 2013 - Day 2 Recap

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 08:05 PM
Tuesday’s general session was focused on giving a little more of a deep-dive on a few big items – VMware NSX, VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC, pronounced vee-cake), VMware VSAN, and VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. Since we covered the high points on these yesterday, I’ll spare you the repetition. Here is what I thought were the highlights of the keynote:
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Topics: VMware, VMworld

VMworld 2013 Day 1 Highlights

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:31 PM

Welcome to Clearpath’s coverage of VMworld 2013 in San Francisco.  We have a team of engineers in attendance this week, where we’re learning about the latest and greatest releases from VMware as well as bulking up our knowledge of best practices, architecture improvements, and innovations in the industry.  We’ll be providing additional detail over the coming weeks as additional information and documentation becomes available, and as our virtualization team works to upgrade the beta versions of these products in the Clearpath labs to the GA versions.

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Topics: VMware, News & Updates, VMworld

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

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

Performing a P2V on a Physical vCenter Server

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 11:42 AM
Migrating a vCenter Server instance from physical to virtual can be done in a couple of different ways:
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Topics: VMware, vCenter

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

Creating vCloud Networking and Security Edge Gateway error - VSM response (10105)

Posted by Jason Shiplett on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 @ 09:45 AM
Earlier today, I went into vCloud Director to add a new Organization Network, only to find both my vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) Edge Gateways had failed. I went to redeploy, but ended up getting this error -
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Topics: vCloud Director

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