Category Archive: VMware

Jan 06 2015

Add a vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) Active Directory (AD) Identity Source

Starting with version 5.1 VMware introduced a new service in the vCenter Infrastructure suite called vCenter Single Sign On (SSO). The addition of this new service greatly improved the security of VMware’s cloud services by allowing them to communicate to each other trough a secure token exchange mechanism. The other benefit is that users will …

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Dec 03 2014

How to add drivers to a VMware ESXi 5.x ISO

How many times you needed to inject drivers in your ESXi image because they are missing for your specific component? A lot of times I bet, especially if you have new hardware or servers build using custom components in order to make a home lab. Usually the storage and the network drivers are the problem …

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Oct 29 2014

Configure Syslog on ESXi 5.x Hosts

No matter how small or how big your VMware infrastructure is, you still want to know what’s happening on your hosts, and most of the time for security reasons. You also need to be alerted in case something goes wrong or might go wrong, who’s logging in and logging out etc. All those actions I …

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Jul 13 2014

Creating and Using VMware Guest Customization Specification

I know many of you deploy a lot of  VMs in you VMware Infrastructure. Been there, and still doing that. I also know that most of you are using PowerCLI to automate the deployments to make time for some reading; but there are things that need to be done in the guest OS during the …

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Dec 24 2013

Creating a persistent scratch location on ESXi

When you install your ESXi host(s) on a flash drive, which is pretty common in an enterprise environment you will get a message on the Summary tab in your vSphere client or Web client interface “System logs on <ESXi host> are stored on non-persistent storage“.

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Dec 01 2013

Configuring VMware High Availability (VMHA)

OK, you created your VMware cluster but the VM’s are not protected from hosts failure, and by not protected I mean your VM’s will not be automatically migrated to a working ESXi host and automatically powered on. They will be left in a powered off and not available state. The second bad thing about this …

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Jul 27 2013

Building an Active Directory (AD) Test Lab using VMware Workstation

Building an Active Directory network in VMware Workstation is a piece-of-cake for those that master the program. If you are a newbie, you might want to read on. In this article I’m going to show you how to build an Active Directory lab, based on my experience with VMware Workstation. The best thing for you …

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May 05 2013

Configuring VMware vSphere vNetwork Standard Switches

Creating or configuring networks in vSphere in not a big deal, well…not at the beginning anyway. Is going to be a big deal when you want to create a cluster, because you have to configure multiple adapters, create multiple virtual switches, port groups and so on. You will see later what I’m talking about.

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Feb 09 2013

Configuring networks in VMware Workstation

If you are using VMware Workstation you will definitely came to the point where you need to configure or create new virtual networks. Is not science, but if don’t understand how is working you’re in a bit of trouble creating proper labs and working with them.

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Jan 26 2013

Configuring VMware vCenter Server Alarms

Working with vCenter you saw the Alarms tab, but I don’t know how many of you touched it. Now is time to use it because is very useful when it comes to preventing incidents for your VMware infrastructure. When something goes bad, or is not in the normal parameters, an alarm is raised and you …

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