I wanted to share this handy script i created when you have a need to build out a new vCenter. This script can be extremely handy as it will take care of creating the datacenter, cluster, adding hosts, creating datastores and then applying the appropriate host profile. It is all done via CSV files so it is extremely customizable. Files to modify to customize your configuration createdatacenter.csv - Contains the name of the datacenter to create.
ESXi 5.5 Update 3a and its associated patch have been released. If you have been following KB2133118 in regards to the the Snapshot Consolidation causing Virtual Machines to crash a fix is now available. If you are currently running ESXi 5.5 U3 you can use update manager to install the patch. If you are looking to install ESXi 5.5 U3 from scratch or update from a previous version you should make sure you update to 5.
Tagged vSphere 5.5
ESXi 6.0 Update 1a has been released. If you have been following KB2124669 in regards to the the NETDEV WATCHDOG issue causing an ESXi host to hang. The update is now available. If you are currently running ESXi 6.0/6.0U1 you can use update manager to install the update. If you are looking to install ESXi 6.0 U1 from scratch or update from a previous version you should make sure you update to use the latest ISO.
Tagged vSphere 6.0
I am currently troubleshooting some issues with the Horizon event database having some performance issues. Working with support they pointed me to KB2094580. By Default the view event database is not indexed. I was curious as to way I always had issues pulling up events in the Horizon View Administrative interface, but as soon as I followed the steps, it was almost immediate now, where i use to have to wait an extremely long time.
Horizon 6.2 is now available and Linux support has improved. Previously it was only supported on a limited set of older operating systems. Originally when we deployed we had deployed Ubuntu 12.04, however now the newer kernel 14.04 is supported so I will show you how to upgrade your desktop to the latest version and now use the new agent as well. If you followed my previous post to disable Console access.
vRealize Operations 6.1 is now available, I thought I would put a quick guide together as I go through the upgrade process. This guide will show how to upgrade the Horizon Adapter for vROPS. To upgrade from vRealize Operations Horizon Adapter to the most recent version, follow these steps. Download the neccessary file(s) needed. In my case I needed the vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent and the vRealize Operations for Horizon Adapter.
vRealize Operations 6.1 is now available, I thought I would put a quick guide together as I go through the upgrade process. To upgrade from vRealize Operations Manager to the most recent version, follow these steps. Download the PAK file(s) needed based on the type of cluster. vApp clusters The vApp cluster requires the deployment of the OS upgrade and the product upgrade .pak files. For an OS upgrade, the file is: vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-xxx.
So I am in the midst of setting up a vSphere 6 POC and it has been a bit since I played with it. I came across a problem I thought i would document and share. While trying to setup my Platform Service Controllers for HA. I was having issues sshing into the appliance. I kept on getting errors, that the packet sizes were too big or just authentication would fail.
I am actually pretty surprised this bug still exists. I came across this issue with my first deployment of vSphere 6. Now I am circling back around to do a POC and it still exists. When trying to join a Platform Services Controller to the domain via the vSphere Webclient I get the following error: “java.lang.reflect.invocationTargetException” There are currently two workarounds now with 6.0U1 I am aware of. The first method is to join to the domain using the CLI.
Horizon 6.2 Introduced Biometric Authentication, with initial support for TouchID on IOS devices. This post will explain how to enable it, as its not really something greatly documented right now. I think they are aware and hopefully in a future update this will be easier. Here is a link to the current VMware documentation. NOTE: This feature does require a 3rd party trusted signed certificate to work. From my current testing and speaking with others self-signed certificates will not function.