VCSA Upgrade & Root Password Expiration

Last week VMware have released vSphere 6.5 Update 2 which contains bug fixes as well as new features. One of these new features is the use of Linked Mode between vCenter Servers with Embedded Platform Services Controllers. In previous versions Linked Mode was only possible with external Platform Services Controllers. This new features has been... Continue Reading →

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vCenter Server Migration ODBC Connection Requirement

This month, I have started a project with a customer involving the upgrade of the current vSphere 5.5 environment to vSphere 6.5 including to migration to the vCenter Server Appliance. The environment has already been upgraded several times resulting in a configuration that was uh.. lets call it 'not optimal'. The vCenter Server has been... Continue Reading →

To stretch or not to stretch?

In recent projects the use of stretched cluster solutions has been a recurring topic. But why is it a recurring topic, and what are the benefits and drawbacks? The primary benefit of a stretched cluster solution is to enable active-active and workload balanced data centers. The solution has the ability to migrate virtual machines between... Continue Reading →

VCSA Upgrade and VM Monitoring

With the release of vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2a and ESXi 6.0 Patch 4 I decided it was time the update the lab environment. Both releases contain a lot of fixes, some specifically for VSAN. Release notes vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2a ESXi 6.0 Patch 4 The update went perfect on the Platform Service Controllers... Continue Reading →

vSphere 6.5 Storage – What’s new

This VMworld EU 2016 VMware announced the long awaited vSphere 6.5. This blogpost focuses on the new and enhanced storage features in vSphere 6.5. VMFS-6 A new version of the VMFS file system is introduced providing an all-round performance improvement including faster file creation, device discovery and device rescanning. Maybe the biggest change is that... Continue Reading →

VMCA subordinate CA caveats

vSphere 6 comes with the VMware Certificate Authority service on the VCSA. It's possible to configure this as a subordinate CA in the existing CA infrastructure. We tested this configuration in our lab environment and ran into some issues with this configuration. As I don't have any screenshots of the issues, I will try and... Continue Reading →

Log Browser and ESXi RAM disk full

With the vSphere Web Client it is possible to view, search and export vCenter Server and ESXi log files using the Log Browser. When you use the log browser to retrieve the log files of an ESXi host, the log bundle is stored on the ESXi host in /tmp/scratch/downloads. The location /tmp is a symbolic... Continue Reading →

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