• Deploying VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO)

      VMware has released a relatively new product called VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO). This product is free for our customers who have Enterprise plus licensing, but actual support for the product is on a per CPU cost basis. Essentially, we have simplified the process for deploying OpenStack into a simple wizard. Although it takes a while to run through all the steps, it’s all done in the background which makes the deployment of this product so much easier for anyone wanting to use it or even just play around with it. VIO is a very powerful cloud product which allows […]

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  • VXLAN vib agent installations fails immediately with the error “Agent VIB module not installed”

      I ran into an issue the other day in a new NSX lab deployment I was building out. Whenever I tried to prepare the ESXi hosts for VXLAN the install would immediately fail with no real good error messages; tasks and events displayed “Cannot complete the operation. See the event log for details.” Task: XXX eam.agent.enable.label not found XXX.”After digging a little bit deeper, I was able to find the following error message in my NSX Manager log.     2015-06-28T20:02:58.323-06:00 | ERROR | agent-4 | AuditedJob.java | 75 | JOB FAILED: [#2025773242] EnableDisableAgentJob(AgentImpl(ID:’Agent:7cd8e40b-7892-4755-977f-b847b4d35eae:bb36baa5-dd5d-46cc-b80c-eb38df42ff3c’)), com.vmware.eam.EamException: VibInstallationFailed 2015-06-28T20:02:58.324-06:00 | DEBUG […]

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  • Unable to deploy NSX VIBs after updating certificates in vSphere 6.0

    I ran into an issue the other day while helping a customer install the NSX agents on his ESXi hosts. Whenver we tried to deploy the agents to the host, we would get a generic error in the vSphere Web Client. To troubleshoot the issue, we first navigated to Home -> Administration -> vCenter Server Extensions and double clicked vSphere ESX Agent Manager.     By clicking the Manage tab we saw no ESX Agencies / an error similar to:   “Error while creating eam agency for deployment”   In the NSX Manager log you see the following:   show […]

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  • Upgrading from embedded SSO 5.5 to External SSO (PSC) 6.0

      UPDATE: As of vCenter 6.0 Update 1, there are more options available to reconfigure an existing embedded topology to an external setup without the need to reinstall. More information can be found in this post   There has been a lot of discussion surrounding an upgrade from vSphere 5.1 or 5.5 to vSphere 6.0 when you currently have Single Sign-On (SSO) embedded and want to move to an external deployment. I highly recommend, in anyone’s environment that you future proof by setting up vSphere 6 in an external deployment. There are multiple reasons for this, but a few of […]

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  • Migrating a DVS and Host from one vCenter to another.

    There are mixed feelings about exporting a DVS from one vCenter Server to another. Some will tell you that it absolutely cannot be done, while others will tell you that it works great, and even go so far as to mention it saving their environment. Personally, I’m on the fence about this. There are not many statements on the supportability of this one way or another by VMware, so I interpret it as sitting in the realm of “Document what you DO support, not what you don’t.”   With that said, this guide should be used with great caution and […]

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  • Using vecs-cli to manage VMware Certificate Endpoint Store (VECS) instances

    VMware introduced a brand new certificate architecture to ease the process of implementing certificates in vSphere 6.0. I have outlined the new architecture changes and the process of Replacing Certificates in vSphere 6.0 already, but I wanted to go through some of the VECS-CLI commands for anyone that was interested in diving deeper into the certificate architecture.   The VMware Certificate Endpoint Store (VECS) is is a repository for SSL certs and private keys. VECS is a requirement for vCenter Server, so you must use it, unlike the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA), which is optional. Regardless of your topology for […]

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  • VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide

    The VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Availability Guide has recently been released by Mohan Potheri, Blair Fritz, and Puneet Gupta. I highly recommend reading this technical white paper as it gives in depth insight on both the vCenter Server 6.0 and the Platform Services Controller availability solutions, configurations, considerations, and recovery options. The various vCenter Server availability options that this technical paper focuses on are VMware vSphere High Availability (HA), VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT), Symantec ApplicationHA, and VM Guest OS Clustering Solutions. It also focuses on Platform Services availability via load balancing and Recovery Options using VMware vSphere Replication and […]

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  • vCenter Server 6.0 Log Locations

    vSphere 6.0 has made some significant changes to the logging locations for its contained vCenter and PSC services. Everything has been condensed into a common area of the directory structure and labeled with the service name. In short, it makes a LOT more sense now than it did before.   This is an overview of what the structure looks like now and where to find what you need.   Windows Log Locations   C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\logs     vCenter Appliance Log Locations   /var/log/vmware     Note: For the purpose of brevity, all log locations will be referenced from the base logs […]

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  • Creating Microsoft CA templates for certificates in vSphere 6.0

    vSphere 6 certificate implementation is much easier than vSphere 5.x thanks to a lot of changes made by VMware. I wrote a previous article on how to replace the Machine SSL certificate, use VMCA as a subordinate CA, and ESXi 6.0 certificate replacement. From my experience, a majority of our customers are using Microsoft for their internal Certificate Authority. One thing I wanted to document for everyone is how to properly create Microsoft CA templates to sign the Certificate Signing Requests (CSRs). There are a few different templates to create, depending on what certificates you are replacing.   Template for […]

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  • Quick stats is not up-to-date in vSphere 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5

    This error is very common and is a known issue in VMware support. The issue was resolved in ESXi 5.5b but has been popping up again with customer’s who have upgraded to 6.0. Although there is currently no resolution for vSphere 6.0, The workaround to resolve this issue in both versions is below.   Resolution through vSphere Web Client   Step 1. Log into to the vSphere Web client as a vCenter Server administrator.   Step 2. Navigate to the vCenter Server -> Manage -> Settings -> Advanced Settings     Step 3. Click Edit on the top right, then […]

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