vSphere 6.5 - vCenter HA Health Degraded due to Password Expiration

One of my favorite new features of vSphere 6.5 is definately vCenter HA. I was checking out alerts when I noticed i had an alarm for vCenter HA being degraded. Looking through the GUI, I was unable to find anything in regards to why the Health was a warning and why the components would not sync. Then I remembered a previous case I had opened for VCHA. There is a log file located in /var/log/vmware/vcha

Functional Branding of vSphere Web Client Logon Page

I had a use case I wanted to investigate in regards to the new VCHA that is part of VMware vCenter Server 6.5. One thing I noticed, is when you have VCHA configured, there is no way to know which node of the HA cluster you are connecting to without being logged on. As people have noted before William Lam’s - How to Customize Webclient Login UI I figured since I am using the embedded SSO, I could update the login page to show any information for that particular node.

Using the VMware Content Libray Assistant Fling

So VMware Flings have been on a roll recently. They have released what they call “VMware Content Library Assistant.” This is a java based CLI app, that connects to your vCenter and searchers for your templates and then automatically creates and uploads them. You can find the fling at the following URL…https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vsphere-content-library-assistant) Once you download the fling, you can just run the following command. java -jar sphere-content-library-assistant-1.0.jar -s servername -u username -p password In my case my java home isn’t setup on my mac so I had to run the following command to get it to work.

vSphere 6.5 - vCenter HA (VCHA) Issues

So as everyone has probably seen, vSphere 6.5 is now GA. One of the features i have been waiting for the most is vCenter HA. I have spent some time trying to get this working in my lab. Unfortunately after countless tries i was stuck. Thanks to folks in the vExpert Slack for helping me try to resolve this, but unfortunately this was a case for VMware Support. Every time I would try to configure vCenter HA using the Advanced Wizard, I would get the following error.

vSphere 6.5 - New License Import from My VMware

So as everyone has probably seen, vSphere 6.5 is now GA. As usual right away I have upgraded the homelab and have already found a neat new feature. When you are adding in your VMware licenses, you now have an option to Import License Keys Data… To start you need to generate a report from my.vmware.com. Log in and Navigate to Download Reports Click on the Available Reports dropdown, and select the Product Licenses, Details and History.

Troubleshooting Cisco ENIC and FNIC Drivers with VMware Update Manager 6.x

I have been having issues ever since I updated to vSphere 6.x getting the Cisco Drivers to properly update through VMware Update Manager(VUM). Every time I would run through a compliance check, they would always report they were up to date even when they were running an older version. I have recently made a breakthrough working with VMware Support and stumbling through some old blogs. Cisco Support has been terrible on this issue and after repeated attempts to get this case escalated i think the 10th time is a charm.

Unable to Boot EFI VM on ESXi FC Storage

For the past week, I have been troubleshooting the strangest issue. I have been attempting to move some Windows 8.1 VM’s from our legacy datacenter(iSCSI) to our new datacenter(FC). Whenever I would move the VM to our new DC, it would fail to boot properly. It would boot straight to Windows Recovery. If I moved the same VM to any other type of storage(NFS, iSCSI, Local) the VM would boot perfectly fine.

Upgrading VCSA from 6.0 U1a to 6.0U1b using CLI

Welcome to my post about upgrading your VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to 6.0 U1b. This process is very straight forward. We will begin with updating our Platform Service Controllers (PSC) and then proceed with the vCenter Appliance. SSH to your Primary PSC. If you are currently in the bash shell, type appliancesh to switch shells to run the update. Run software-packages install –url –acceptEulas to download and install the packages from the VMware Repo.

Using CLI to Manage DVS Host Uplinks

Ever needed to modify a DVS uplink configuration from ESXi Shell? I am currently troubleshooting some issues with DVS uplinks no longer being assigned on reboot. As a heads up. If you are doing this on ESXi 6.0.. don’t. It can cause an issue with the proxy DVS having different ID than the actual DVS causing my original issue, still working with VMware Support to find out more details. After “Restoring Network Configuration” a few too many times, I finally realized I could just add the uplinks back via CLI until support can figure out why this is occurring, here are the details on how to manage the uplinks on a DVS via CLI.

Disconnected vNIC's?

Ever wonder why a VM isn’t on the network? I was working on deploying some test VM’s and for some reason all the VM’s that were cloned decided to start with the network disconnected, and the connect on power on was also not selected. I decided to throw together this quick one-liner that will make sure every VM is set to start connected on power on and is currently connected.