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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

VMDK File restores using Veeam - Side-by-side access

Posted by Rob Daniels on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 @ 04:27 PM
Veeam is a pretty awesome tool for doing full VM and file-level backups of VMware vSphere VMs. Every once in a while, however, you might try to do a restore that is a bit out of the ordinary. One such scenario is when you want to do a full restore of the VMDK files (descriptor and flat) and then mounting the drive alongside the original disk on the original virtual machine. You might want to do this so you can compare files between the current copy and the restored VMDK. When you attempt to mount the restored VMDK, you will run into the following message upon reconfiguring the VM:
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Topics: Veeam, Virtual Machines

Disable VMware View Pool using Powershell PowerCLI

Posted by Rob Daniels on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 @ 07:23 PM

Have you ever wanted to disable a VDI pool from the command line, but couldn’t find the right command for the job? As simple as it may seem to do, VMware has yet to equip the PowerCLI Snap-in with a “disable-pool” commandlet. Some may try to accommodate this by simply removing pool entitlements, but you can be faced with the following error:

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Topics: VMware, VMware View

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