Category Archive: Virtualization

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 17 2015

Installing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2012/R2

In previous versions of Windows, deploying a RDS infrastructure was a little bit difficult, but starting with server 2012/R2 this was simplified a lot. Not only you have a single central console from where you manage all your RDS infrastructure, but you can also install all the RDS roles remotely from this console.

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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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Sep 17 2014

Configuring Hyper-V Replica using Certificate-Based Authentication (HTTPS)

You know that starting with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V has a new feature that replicates VMs from one host to another for a disaster recovery scenario! I talked about it in this article; but configuring replication that way over non-trusted networks

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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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Mar 09 2014

Configuring Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012/R2

I’ve been thinking for a while to write this article, and eventually I did it. For those that don’t know what Hyper-V Replica is, I will try to summarize it. Is a host-based replication in the hypervisor, and we are talking about Hyper-V here, at no extra costs; its free. By implementing this feature, you …

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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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