Category Archive: VMware vCenter

May 09 2017

VMware vSphere 6: Configure VMCA as a Subordinate CA

I must say that VMware has done a great job with the vCenter server appliance. Not only is easy and fast to deploy but it also gives us the ability to change its certificate using a nice menu screen that they called it vSphere 6.0 Certificate Manager. As you know, changing certificates

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Apr 26 2017

Deploying the VMware vCenter 6.0 Appliance (VCSA) with an External Platform Service Controller (PSC)

As you know, starting with vSphere 6.0 VMware introduced the Platform Service Controller (PSC) which changed quite a bit how their Data Center applications interact with each other. They are all tight to the PSC, because the PSC is the one that deals with the identity management, generation of SSL certificates, license keys, global permissions,

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Sep 01 2016

Upgrading from VCSA 5.x to VCSA 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC)

Since version 6 of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) has performance improvements, stability and new features, your management or design team decided it’s time to upgrade your existing vCenter server infrastructure running on version 5.x. I call this upgrade since VMware calls it the same, but it’s actually a migration. You are basically deploying …

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Apr 07 2016

Deploying the VMware vCenter 6.0 Appliance (VCSA) with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC)

Starting with version 6, VMware has completely changed the way we deploy the vCenter server appliance (vCSA). If in older versions we had to use the import template wizard from the vSphere client, now we have a web interface just for that. I can’t say which one is better because it’s kinda the same thing, …

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Nov 09 2015

Adding a Raw Device Mapping (RDM) to a Virtual Machine

As you might know, in a VMware virtual machine besides of the traditional virtual disk (VMDK) you can also add a so called RAW Device Mapping (RDM). This type of disk is used in special situations where SAN snapshots are required, VMFS virtual disk(s) become to large, applications that need to make direct calls to …

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Jun 22 2015

Installing and configuring VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP)

You might think that your machines are safe and that you have nothing to worry about once you virtualize your infrastructure, but that’s not true. Virtual machines need backups, the same as physical machines do. This is not necessarily because of a host crash or any other hardware problem,

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Apr 14 2015

Installing and Configuring VMware vSphere 5.x Syslog Collector

Starting with vCenter 5.0 VMware introduced the vSphere Syslog Collector tool. This was made in order for admins to centralize their ESXi systems logs in one place, since these logs by default sit locally on the hypervisor system partition or on a datastore. You could use

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Jan 13 2015

Deploying and Configuring VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.x

VMware vCenter Server Appliance or vCSA for short, has greatly improved compared to previous versions, and in version 5.5 which I’ll discuss in this article some most wanted limitations were lifted. Now it can support up to 100 vSphere/ESXi hosts and 3.000 virtual machines with the integrated vPostgress database, which is more than enough for …

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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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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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