Tag Archive: Virtualization

Dec 17 2017

How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 in VMware Workstation 14

Looks like VMware Workstation got to version 14, and starting with this version we get a new neat feature, and that’s support for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). Previous to this, if we wanted to run VCSA in VMware Workstation we had to import the appliance from the .OVA template, then

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Oct 27 2017

Upgrading 2012 R2 Cluster to 2016 using Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade

Server 2016 is out for a while now, so I thought it will be a good time to write about one of the new features that Microsoft implemented in their latest server operating system for which I was really hopping for. They called it Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade.

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Oct 10 2017

Join VCSA 6.x to an Active Directory Domain

We started deploying our VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) either with an embedded PSC or an external one, and once the deployment was finished we noticed that we can’t use our Active Directory domain credentials to log in into vCenter. The only way we can get in is by using the

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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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Jan 05 2017

Deploying and Configuring VMware vSphere Replication Appliance 6.0

For most companies backups are not enough, because in case of a disaster they need to be online as fast as possible in order to serve clients and not loose revenue; so they built secondary datacenters for disaster recovery and bought expensive storage to manage and replicate VMs from the main site (production site) to …

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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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May 13 2016

Deploying VDI using Windows Server 2012/R2

In a previous article I talked about publishing desktops and applications to users by creating RDS Session Collections. In most cases that method works great, but as you know, there are users in the company that need dedicated resources to their virtual desktops, and by using RDS Session Collections we can’t separate those resources since …

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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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Jul 13 2015

Migrating a Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2

I know that migrating a Windows cluster is not an easy job and an in-place upgrade is not possible in the Windows world, not right now anyway. The hard part is where you need to request a maintenance widow from the service owners because production is going to be affected. VMs will need to be …

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