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Installing vSphere 5.5 tips and tricks pt 2

If you are trying to upload vcops or vCNS and the import seems to complete but then reports “canceled by user” and reverses the install – try downloading the ova again.  Why checksum isn’t part of this process I have … Continue reading

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Install and configure Orchestrator 5.5

With vSphere 5.5 Orchestrator now ships as an appliance.  I had quite a few problems implementing it and wanted to document my process, mostly in case I need to do this again. When you deploy the OVA/OVF for Orchestrator 5.5 … Continue reading

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Installing vSphere 5.5 tips and tricks pt 1

I’ll add additional posts as I run into new things, here are my notes so far. If you’re using Windows 2008 R2 U1 install the “feature” .NET 3.5.1 before you do anything else or you won’t be able to add … Continue reading

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Patch ESXi 5.x manually

KB 2008939sums it up nicely, but if you get an error like this while manually adding patched to an ESXi 5.x host: / # esxcli software vib install -d ./ESXi510-201210001.zip [MetadataDownloadError] Could not download from depot at zip:/var/log/vmware/ESXi510-201210001.zip?index.xml, skipping ((‘zip:/var/log/vmware/ESXi510-201210001.zip?index.xml’, … Continue reading

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VMware browser support

While building a demo environment and trying to optimize the performance I received guidance that IE was not the best performer for management, especially for the WebClient. I switched to Chrome only to find that not all the products I … Continue reading

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Thin Provisioning a LeftHand P4000

While building out a demo environment I had cause to thin-provision already thin-provisioned storage (that might be on a thin-provisioned array. Don’t try this in production!) The issue was a pre-configured LeftHand P4000 appliance providing iSCSI LUNs to nested ESXi … Continue reading

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Free Official VMware training

http://vmwarelearning.com launched some time back, but the seminars offered keep improving and there are now over 100 videos offered (that number includes localizations however). Products covered include: vSphere 5.1 (8 videos) (why vSphere has a 5.0 and a 5.1 category … Continue reading

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vSphere vmk ping reply update in 5.1

There is a new KB Article out from VMware discussing a change in how the kernel managed ICMP replies. If you’ll recall some ISCSI vendors needed workarounds for how replies worked in previous releases. The issue was the reply would … Continue reading

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vCloud Director generic “error” making virtual machine changes

I ran into an issue the other day with my demo vCloud environment where any change I tried to make to vms in the cloud would return “error” and seeming not interact with vSphere at all. VMware support pointed out … Continue reading

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vCloud Director: Regaining your Edge (Redeploying from a command line)

In my demo vCD environment I often find that after a power-up the Edge Gateways don’t function properly. Options like “Upgrade to Full Configuration” don’t exist, traffic doesn’t flow or rules can’t be changed. A redeploy always fixed it so … Continue reading

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