VMware VCSA – How to check running services?

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VMware VCSA – How to check running services?

We have covered 3 ways to activate SSH in VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) in our previous post – VMware VCSA – 3 Ways to Activate SSH. Today’s post we will check for the services running on the VCSA and we will see what to do if we don’t have an access via GUI. Usually, the reason that GUI won’t work is that one of the services is not running and needs to be started. But how to do when there is no easy access to start those services?


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vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling v1.2 (h5client)…

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling v1.2 (h5client) – Moving away from Client Integration Plugin (CIP) #h5client

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling v1.2 (h5client)…

Today we’re pleased to announce our second full update to the h5client fling. Once again, in case you missed it, this blog post helps introduce how to install the first version of the fling (These instructions should all still apply if you’re installing from scratch): http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/03/vsphere-html5-web-client-fling-getting-started.html


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Recovering from a full VSAN datastore scenario

Recovering from a full #VSAN datastore scenario (via cormachogan.com)

Recovering from a full VSAN datastore scenario

We had an interesting event happen on one of our lab servers this weekend. One of the hosts in our four node cluster hit an issue, which meant that the storage on that host was no longer available to the VSAN datastore. Since VSAN auto-heals, it attempted to re-protect as many VMs as possible. However, since we chose to ignore one of the health check warnings to do with limits, we ended up with a full VSAN datastore.


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HPE Data Protector VE Integration/ VMware best…

HPE Data Protector VE Integration/ #VMware best practice

HPE Data Protector VE Integration/ VMware best…

The Virtual Environment Integration (VE Integration) provides protection of VMs in virtual server environments. It is used o integrate HPE Data Protector with various virtualization environments, currently VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. For Citrix XenServer is a script solution available. I will focus on VMware vSphere.


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Setting up VVOLs on HP 3PAR

Setting up #VVOL’s on HP 3PAR

Setting up VVOLs on HP 3PAR

As I’ve recently brought a HPE 3PAR 7200 into production with an ESXi 6.0 U2 cluster I thought what a better time than now to check out just how VVOLs are implemented by HPE. Although the tasks to do so aren’t difficult by any means I find the documentation around doing so is a bit scattered in different KB’s and documents between VMware and HPE, especially if you have upgraded to their latest firmware (3.2.2 MU2).


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MicroSD card RAID 1 as VMware ESXi boot device

MicroSD card RAID 1 as #VMware ESXi boot device (via running-system.com)

MicroSD card RAID 1 as VMware ESXi boot device

If you install ESXi on a microSD card and if you use HP Proliant Servers you may be interested in the “HP Dual 8GB MicroSD Enterprise Midline USB” (HP P/N: 741281-002). This dual-microSD card module provides data redundancy through a mirrored RAID 1 configuration. You connect the module to the internal USB port and install ESXi as usual!


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Displaying a list of ESXi Hosts and their…

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Displaying a list of ESXi Hosts and their…

One of my customers recently found that their ESXi hosts were not uniformly configured for syslog shipping, so asked me to help them audit their environment. They have hundreds of ESXi hosts, so going through the advanced settings in the GUI for each of their hundreds of hosts didn’t seem like the best approach… PowerCLI to the rescue!


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[Resource] Openstack + NSX Networking Deep Dive

[Resource] #Openstack + NSX Networking Deep Dive

[Resource] Openstack + NSX Networking Deep Dive

I have been playing with NSX and VIO a lot recently and wanted to get to grips with the mechanics of what VIO was actually orchestrating in NSX under the flashy GUI. Going through the VMware communities I found this absolutely indispensable powerpoint explaining in as much depth as you can hope for, all the ins and outs of VIO NSX orchestration and specific use cases.


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NSX and nested ESXi environments: caveats and…

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NSX and nested ESXi environments: caveats and…

After having NSX running in a nested environment, I started last week to integrate / built a NSX environment between my physical and nested ESXi hosts. To be honest, achieving this was more complicated than I have expected. Anyway it was a good trip to improve my NSX troubleshooting skills and maybe the key-findings can help one or another to avoid the problems I had.


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PowerShell, Syslog & LogInsight

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PowerShell, Syslog & LogInsight

As part of a planning process to deploy LogInsight and looking at different use cases, we thought it might be good to be able to send log data from PowerShell scripts to LogInsight, this could be purely info messages or detailed errors that inline with the rest of the data visible in LogInsight would make troubleshooting that bit easier.


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NSX: Cluster is already configured for VXLAN

NSX: Cluster is already configured for VXLAN

NSX: Cluster is already configured for VXLAN

Among the things I tend to do when preparing to delve into a product and of course it certification is to rip apart my lab in a continuous pace because I tend to break it as much as I can, but this time I didn’t do it myself 🙁 and I didn’t get to enjoy it *sniff*.


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vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling Hidden Features

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling Hidden Features #h5client

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling Hidden Features

HTML5-Fling-icon 1.1I recently wrote about the release of the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling and how to configure it. Since then there has already been an update to the Fling. I’ve gone through update process in my lab using the rpm, but I also decided to deploy a new OVA (version 1.1) and found a few hidden features.


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Network Automation with VMware NSX

[Video] Network Automation with VMware NSX

Network Automation with VMware NSX

This short demonstration shows how VMware NSX, in coordination with an Orchestration Solution, can help drive network provisioning and automation for a multi-tier application without any dependencies on the underlying physical network infrastructure.


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