vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in VMware Workstation

Reading Time: 3 minutes For demo’s, presentations, breaking environments or just killing time I have a portable testlab on my notebook. Yes I know there are also options for permanent labs, hosted labs and Hands-on labs for these same purposes. Great places for sure, but that is not really what I wanted to discuss here. As I am break.. … Continue reading »vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in VMware Workstation

Migrating vCenter databases from SQL Express to SQL Server

Reading Time: 7 minutes When installing vCenter you will need a vCenter database, an Update Manager database and with vCenter prior to 5.5 also a SSO database (RSA). With the installation you have the option to point to an (existing) dedicated SQL Server, SQL Server on the same Windows host or use the bundled SQL Express with the installer. Depending on … Continue reading »Migrating vCenter databases from SQL Express to SQL Server

Design Choice: vCenter Windows or vCenter Server appliance?

Reading Time: 5 minutes A question that is again popping up lately is whether customers must go for the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) or a Windows based vCenter system. Yes I have my favorite, but I will often go for the consultant answer: it depends. But on what does this depend? I will try and sum up some of … Continue reading »Design Choice: vCenter Windows or vCenter Server appliance?

vCenter 5.5 SSO after initial installation steps

Reading Time: 3 minutes As you probably know (or don’t) from vCenter version 5.1 Single Sign-On (SSO) has a password policy. This password policy is for the SSO component only, not for the external identities (like AD DS). For version 5.1 the maximum lifetime of a password is default 365 days. This means the password will expire in 365 … Continue reading »vCenter 5.5 SSO after initial installation steps

VMware vCenter – Remove Infrastructure Navigator Extension

Reading Time: < 1 minute Installation of trial applications sometimes goes wrong and you will have to remove the extension from vCenter. How will you do that with the web client? Go to your Managed Object Browser vCenter URL. That is https://<vcenter fqdn or ip>/mob. Logon with vCenter credentials. Click on content link in the Contentservice colum. Click on ExtensionManager. Find … Continue reading »VMware vCenter – Remove Infrastructure Navigator Extension

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