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Honored to be a PernixPro

I have been glad to have been accepted as a PernixPro. Look forward to seeing some more FVP related content on this blog, I am honored to have this title. PernixPro™ members are an elite community of IT professionals committed to advancing FVP storage acceleration technology. By facilitating collaboration between PernixData experts and the industry’s top luminaries, PernixPro breaks down the barriers to widespread adoption of server-side storage, giving companies of all sizes a cost-effective solution for scaling storage performance independent of storage capacity. – See more at: http://pernixdata.com/partners/pernixpro

VCP6-DCV Delta Exam (Beta) Thoughts

Initial Thoughts Today I sat and took the VCP6-DCV Delta Exam beta. I have never taken a VMware beta exam so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, from what I have been told, I expected lots of questions with bad grammar and horrible spelling. However today I got something a bit different. Ill explain it best without violating any NDA. I sat down and as usual started the exam. After the initial “Welcome to the Exam” screen which stated i would have 75 questions in 95 minutes. I was expecting some survey questions or introduction to the beta, however...

vSphere6 – Unable to use session credentials

So one thing I have come across with a few VCSA6 installs was the inability to use login with current credentials via the Web client or vSphere client. Working with VMware support we were finally able to get it working with a few tweaks and there is a current pending KB that has not been published yet. (KB2113038) I have been told this affects both an embedded deployment (VCSA and PSC together) and external deployment (VCSA and PSC seperate.) If using an embedded VCSA+PSC make sure the VM is joined to the domain. If using an external VCSA and PSC...

VCP6-DCV Section 2: Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere Networking

Here is Section 2 of the VCP6-DCV Blueprint. Since wordpress doesn’t like a bunch of indentations the formatting is strange. Here is a link to the updated PDF with both Section 1 and Section 2. VCP6-DCV Study Guide – Section 2 Objective 2.1: Configure Advanced Policies/Features and Verify Network Virtualization Implementation Identify vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) capabilities Consistent virtual switch and port group configuration across all hosts attached to the vDS NetFlow support LACP Support Load balancing on physical NIC load Network IO Control (NIOC) Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) and Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) support Ingress and egress traffic...

VCP6-DCV Section 1: Configure and Administer vSphere Security

So everyone seemed to enjoy my post where I created a PDF blueprint. Here i will also be posting updating information as I build out content for the blueprint. For this first post we will focus on Section 1, some of the content here is similar to 5.5 but for 6.0 there are a few new entries such as managing the VMCA and PSC and other entries were very hard to find even using the suggested “Tools” links to the documentation. I hope you find this helpful and any feedback is appreciated. At the bottom of the post you will see...

PowerCLI – Extend VMDK and Guest OS

So as always things change across multiple Window’s operating systems and VMware revisions. I had a need to extend the drives on about 50 VMs today and really didn’t want to do all that clicking. I remember awhile back it was easy to do this with a Basic Set-Harddisk and use the -ResizeGuestPartition but alas that has been removed from the current functionality. So I took my search to google and found a couple scripts that worked ok, but nothing that was a seamless experience. I will be sharing it with you to save you the time. The script is...

VCP6-DCV Beta Exam

VMware has announced the availability of the VCP6-DCV beta exams. The beta exam includes 3 seperate exams. If you are currently an active VCP you can either take the VCP6-DCV or VCP6-DCV Delta exam, and if you are currently not certified you are required to take the vSphere 6 Foundations and VCP6-DCV to obtain the certification. vSphere 6 Foundations: Exam code: 2V0-620 VCP6-DCV: Exam Code: 2V0-621 VCP6-DCV Delta: Exam Code: 2V0-621D The good news is that the beta exams cost $50, definately better than the $225 price the exams will increase to once they go GA. One thing to note...

SRM – Unable to uninstall due to UAC

I was trying to remove SRM 5.1 from our environment and kept getting an error that UAC must be disabled. Even though UAC was set to “Never Notify” SRM didnt like this. To fully disable UAC run the following command from an elevated command prompt and then reboot the system. REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System” /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Unable to Configure Event Database in vRealize Operations View Broker Agent

I was in the process of getting vRealize for Horizon configured, and as I was going through the broker agent configuration for the life of me I couldn’t get the eventdb portion to work. Everytime i entered in the user name and password, I would receive the following error. “FAILED (Format of the initialization string does not conform to specification starting at index 88.)”   I knew it wasn’t a password issue as I was able to logon to SQL Manager with no issue, and the Horizon View EventsDB was working fine, so I went on a google search to...

PowerCLI – Troubleshooting Multiple Default Servers

I use a customized version of vCheck by Alan Renouf to connect to multiple servers. However a coworker of mine was trying to run it, and the script would only return data from the 2nd vCenter we were connecting to. Doing some troubleshooting we noticed their DefaultVIServerMode was set to single. This means that only a single servers connection will occur at once. Changing this setting is very easy, there are 3 scopes, but only one really needs to be set. You can review the 3 scope options here. See below for command to run, for Session scope which is...