Category Archives: vCenter

VMware vCenter 6.5 and SSL Renewal (Secure Entrapment)

Hallaw! Well, around two weeks ago I noticed that my management cluster vCenter server (Windows edition) will have its SSL certificate expiring so I thought rather than renewing it I wanted it to actually expire and see the outcome. The good thing is that everything was working fine even after the expiry and you just… Read More »

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vSphere 6u2 – Lab Upgrade

This blog is only limited to vCenter and ESXi upgrade: Release notes: vCenter: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-vcenter-server-60u2-release-notes.html ESXi: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-esxi-60u2-release-notes.html For those who do not know I am still using the Windows version of the vCenter Server (for not particular reason, maybe its loyalty because it went through a lot of upgrades and it grew on me ;-)). So… Read More »

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vCenter Server 6.0 Services (Windows Edition) – One Service to rule them all!

After upgrading to vCenter Server 6.0 we all noticed the multiplying number of services that have to start, before the vCenter Server 6.0 high availability guide was released I was working on something similar in my lab but with a self-consistent vCenter Server without a shared RDM. Anyway, in my attempts to cluster the services… Read More »

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vCenter Server 6.0 High Availability (Windows Edition) – PSC with Citrix Netscaler

So since the release of vSphere 6.0 and I have been looking forward to engaging vCenter Server high availability, although VMware seems to be doing a lot of work and enhancements on the VCSA (the vCenter Server Appliance) I am still in favor of installing the Windows edition, why? well simply from a customer perspective… Read More »

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vCenter Server High Availability with Microsoft Failover Cluster and DFS (Unsupported)

As on the first week of June sadly vCenter Server Heartbeat end of sale has been announced and customers whom have it already will still get their support till 2018 but for those who need to protect their vCenter Server with such a technology don’t have an official alternative from VMware yet. Its worth mentioning… Read More »

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vCenter Log Insight Static IP Address (Not Supported)

Today I wanted to install the vCenter Log Insight on my VMware Workstation Right-click on the OVA Open with VMware Workstation Specify the name and location of the virtual machine. Accept the license. Power on the virtual machine., Sadly as per the documentation you either require a DHCP server to obtain an IP address or… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: Installing vCenter Server Heartbeat v6.6

This is a product that really is not given its proper credits, by customers at least whom do not see paying a bunch of k$s to protect their vCenter server properly, any way we had a bid and this product was included so usually when going through an RFP and there is something that I… Read More »

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VCAP5-DTA: Section 1: Objective 1.1

[Section 1 – Deploy View Installations and Upgrade Existing Deployments] Objective 1.1 – Deploy Highly Available View Installations: Configure highly available connectivity to the View environment Configure stateful and stateless load balancing for a View implementation Implement vSphere cluster isolation and High Availability rules Configure a View implementation with multiple vCenter Servers Aiding documents: VMware… Read More »

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vSphere 5.x Tip To Toe: VSA Appliance root access! Why?

Sometimes you get odd requests from customers but usually they have a valid argument, in this case a customer had an intelligent UPS which performs a soft shutdown of the virtual machines in case of power failure and the batteries reach a minimum percentage of life. So my first attempt to troubleshoot this was to… Read More »

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VMware Horizon View 5.x: Load Balancing Connection Servers

The topic itself is intriguing and is open to more than a couple of hours discussion, but on the other hand we can briefly and smoothly delve into the options and we’ll end up with whats the best when seeking a network load-balancer for the Horizon View Connection Servers. So what to load balance? The… Read More »

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