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…

VCDX result nerves and more certifications

Last week I did my VCDX-DCV defense at the VMware office in the UK. Although pretty nervous before and at the start of the defense, I kind of relaxed and had a pleasant time throughout the entire defense. When the defense is over, they inform you that it could take up to 10 days before…

vROPS RBAC and upgrades

Last week I was at a customer doing some vROPS magic, which included updating the current vROPS 6.4 cluster to 6.5 to get the improved vRLI integration. Upgrading both vRLI and vROPS clusters went perfect, but the vRLI integration items like the Log Insight icon, and Logs tab would not be visible in vROPS after…

vROPS 6.4 – Metric Config Picker

With vRealize Operations Manager you can create a metric configuration file. This is an XML file that contains predefined metrics that can be used in different widgets. With the XML file you can skip the process of manually picking the required metrics and attributes over and over again. Another advantage is that you can reuse…

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…

vROPS 6.4 – New Dashboards

VMware has released vROPS 6.4 which contains several new dashboards to display status and identify problems. The new dashboards can be divided into several categories: Environment and capacity overview dashboards to get a summary of your environments. VM troubleshooting dashboard that helps you diagnose problems in a VM and start solving them. Infrastructure capacity and…

vROPS 6.3 – vSphere Hardening Guide 6.0

As described in my previous post I have upgraded my lab vROPS cluster to vROPS 6.3. After a couple of days I finally had time to look at the updated vROPS policies. One of the things I was most interested in was support for the vSphere 6.0 hardening guide. With vROPS 6.3 it is possible…