Posts Tagged ‘vCenter’

vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) is an authentication proxy

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I’ve been in numerous discussions regarding vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) where mostly people didn’t fully understand the functionality of SSO.
Let me make this statement:
SSO is an authentication proxy.

The function of SSO is to act as a single proxy in your VMware environment to verify user credentials against security providers. When configuring SSO, you configure [...]

Replacing VMware vCenter 5.1 Certificates Made Easy

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The release of vCenter 5.1 added more components and therefore more certificates into the mix. Using CA signed certificates increase security, but the process of updating these certificates is currently very tedious and error prone.
VMware announced the general availability of vCenter Certificate Automation Tool 1.0. This tool provides an automated mechanism to replace certificates in [...]

Restoring the default vCenter Server alarms

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I’ve been troubleshooting some vCenter alarms lately, which involved a lot of editing, removing and adding of alarms. After the troubleshooting I wanted to reset everything back to default and ran into VMware KB article 2009166, explaining how to restore the default vCenter Server alarms.
To restore the default vCenter Server alarms you first have to [...]

PowerCLI automation: Create vCenter Notification Email Alarm Action

Need to configure email notifications on vCenter alarms? This PowerCLI automation script will save you valuable time and configure the alarms for you

vSphere Client for iPad – Another step forward in mobile administration

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Today VMware announced the release of the vSphere Client for iPad. The first great thing is that you can download the vSphere Client for iPad from Apple’s iTunes Store for FREE! The second great thing is that it looks really awesome and the interface is very intuitive.
VMware is taking mobility very seriously as this is [...]

Brocade Network Advisor Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter

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The storage network administrator drew my attention to the Brocade Network Advisor (BNA) Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter.
Brocade Network Advisor
Brocade Network Advisor provides a unified network management solution across Brocade Fibre Channel SANs, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Layer 2/3 IP switches and routers, Wireless, Layer 4/7 Application Delivery networks and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) [...]

PowerCLI: Disable/Enable HA and DRS

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Before upgrading my Virtual Center 2.5 server to vCenter Server 4.0, I decided to temporarily disable HA and DRS. This is just a precaution taken to avoid waiting for cluster reconfigurations right after the upgrade. Because I hate doing things more than once by hand, I used PowerCLI for this.
Although no rocket science you can use the [...]

Moving your Virtual Center SQL database – Beware!

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I ran into an issue with a vCenter database recently, where I couldn’t see historical performance data anymore in the past week-, month- and year-view. When investigating it, it turned out that I couldn’t see any performance statistics older than 24hrs. I also took a look at the database and it turned out that the [...]

VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6

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Last friday VMware released Virtual Center 2.5 update 6.  Most interesting new feature is that it now supports customization for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
From the Release notes:
What’s New
Guest Operating Systems Customization Improvements
Customization support for the following guest operating systems has been added in this release:
For more complete information about supported guests [...]

Export and import customization profiles using Powershell

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One great thing in the automation of VM deployments is the use of customization profiles. These profiles are stored inside the vCenter Server database. However, when you loose the database, you also loose your customization profiles. Having customization profiles exported as xml files is always useful as a backup and luckily you can export and [...]