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 →

VCSA Migration – Syslog and Dump Collector

In preparation for an upcoming project it was time to try out the vCenter Server Migration Tool for 6.0 (vCenter Server 6 U2M). I started with reading the vSphere Migration Guide and Release Notes to find out what the prerequisites are and if any known issues are reported. vSphere Migration Guide Release Notes In the release notes... 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 →

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 →

Renew ESXi 6 host certificate

If you are replacing your ESXi certificates with CA certificates, the best method is to make your VCSA a subordinate CA and allow it to sign certificates for the ESXi host. VMware has released a KB article on how to make your VCSA a subordinate CA. When configured the VCSA as a subordinate CA you... Continue Reading →

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