Dissecting vSphere 5.5 Enhancements – vCenter Server Appliance ready for lift off

Reading Time: 2 minutes A real concern for implementing the vCenter Server appliance (vCSA) 5.1 in production environments is the environment limits with the use of the embedded database. The embedded database with 5.1 has a limit of 5 managed hosts and 50 managed VM’s. That is not the size of production in a lot of setups. The maximums … Continue reading »Dissecting vSphere 5.5 Enhancements – vCenter Server Appliance ready for lift off

Evaluation – VMware vCenter Log Insight – Part one the what, why and installation

Reading Time: 4 minutes A few posts back I wrote about the vCenter Collector services to centrally collect logs and dumps. There is also the VMware vCenter Log Analyzer appliance, a collector and an analyzer (with the collectors you have to do the analyzing part yourself). The appliance is an OVF/OVA download, that you can add to your environment. … Continue reading »Evaluation – VMware vCenter Log Insight – Part one the what, why and installation

VMworld Defy Convention – VMware Now Live Notes.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Managing multiple devices. Accessing Private cloud from behind firewalls and demands from mobile users with multiple devices (personal and corporate) is growing. Is IT ready for the mobile world? Budget has not grown, investments are in the past. Datacenters are of the past. Adapt or die, how do we do that? The time is now! Software defined … Continue reading »VMworld Defy Convention – VMware Now Live Notes.

Installing vCenter – CA Signed Certificates with the Certificate Automation Tool

Reading Time: 4 minutes With the installation of vCenter 5.1 components (just like vSphere hosts) the components are installed with self signed certificates. No problem when you trust your own systems, but securing your environment when you have different interactions with the services (for example the corporate users of the vSphere web clients) will lead you to implement signed … Continue reading »Installing vCenter – CA Signed Certificates with the Certificate Automation Tool

Learned Lessons – Nexus 1000V and the manual VEM installation

Reading Time: 3 minutes At an implementation project we implemented 24 ESXi hosts and used the Nexus 1000V to have a consistent network configuration, feature set and provisioning throughout the physical and the virtual infrastructure. When I tried to add the last host to the Nexus it failed on me with the InstallerApp (Cisco provided java installer that adds … Continue reading »Learned Lessons – Nexus 1000V and the manual VEM installation

vCenter Collectors – Syslog and Dump collector (with some PowerCLI)

Reading Time: 4 minutes With stateless VMware Auto deploy hosts, or hosts with SD or USB Stick installation, these hosts typically do not have local storage attached. There will be no space assigned to the scratch partition for dumps and logs. Defaulted they will be stored in RAM (/tmp/scratch). After a reboot the /tmp will be cleared. We need … Continue reading »vCenter Collectors – Syslog and Dump collector (with some PowerCLI)

PowerCLI collection – Changing PSP

Reading Time: < 1 minute On storage controllers in combination vSphere 5.x multi path IO, path selecting policy should be Round Robin (always check if your storage supports this). When receiving the LUN it happens that those PSP are defaulted to Fixed. You can change the PSP policies of all attached storage with this PowerCLI oneliner (Round Robin in the … Continue reading »PowerCLI collection – Changing PSP

PowerCLI collection – Adding hosts to inventory

Reading Time: < 1 minute With several projects at several sites I have come along a nice list of powerCLI oneliners or scripts. I wanted a place to have these scripts in a handy catalogue online, maybe share and learn on some blogging skills (or be a little louder than only 140 characters). I know there are probably already place … Continue reading »PowerCLI collection – Adding hosts to inventory