vSphere 6 vCenter Appliance – Replacing Certificates
May25

vSphere 6 vCenter Appliance – Replacing Certificates

KB ID 0001194 Dtd 25/05/16ProblemIn vSphere 5 and earlier versions this was not a 'fun' job at all, many times I sat down to do it, and lost the will to live. Now there's a nice new tool built into vCenter that does 'most' of the hard work for you. Here I'm using the vCenter appliance but the tool is also available on the Windows version.For my certificates I'm using Microsoft Certificate Services. I'm going to issue a 'Subordinate...

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VMware Upgrading the vSphere Virtual Center Appliance
May25

VMware Upgrading the vSphere Virtual Center Appliance

KB ID 0001193 Dtd 25/05/16ProblemI had a vCenter 6.0.0.1 appliance on my test network and wanted to update it to version 6.0.0.2. But I didn't want to reinstall the whole thing from scratch. SolutionLet's assume it's going to go wrong! Take a snapshot off the appliance first.Go to the patch update site and get the latest patch for your version of vCenter.Upload the ISO file into your vSphere storage, and present it to your vCenter...

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Applying and Assigning vSphere / ESXi6 Licences
Feb04

Applying and Assigning vSphere / ESXi6 Licences

KB ID 0001153¬†Dtd 04/02/16 Problem I’ve used the old VI client since version 3, so getting to grips with the vShpere web client has been fun. (I know it’s been out for ages, but I don’t like it sorry!) After rebuilding my test server to ESX 6 and deploying a new vCenter appliance, I was getting the usual nag messages about licensing etc. So I went to install the licences, that’s pretty easy, you can do that...

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Deploying The vCenter Server 6 Appliance
Jan26

Deploying The vCenter Server 6 Appliance

KB ID 0001146¬†Dtd¬†26/01/16 Problem The vCenter Appliance used to be a simple to deploy from OVA, but now you need to deploy it from another machine, (and it has to be a Windows machine). Solution Before you attempt to deploy the appliance¬†‘pre-create’ its host records in your DNS. Download the vCenter Appliance .ISO file and mount it on your Windows machine, navigate to the visa directory, and install the...

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Installing vSphere VI Client on Server 2012 Fails – Error 28173
Jan21

Installing vSphere VI Client on Server 2012 Fails – Error 28173

KB ID 0001139 Dtd 21/01/16 Problem If you attempt to install the VI client, (in this case on a 2012 R2 Datacenter Server), you may see this error; Error 28173. Setup failed to enable Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Refer to Microsoft KB article 2734782 and 3002547 which may help you resolve the .NET failure. You will need to enable this feature in Windows Server Manager before installing vSphere Client. Solution I've had problems with...

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Event ID 27 – “The description for Event ID 27 from source e1iexpress cannot be found”
Jan14

Event ID 27 – “The description for Event ID 27 from source e1iexpress cannot be found”

KB ID 0001130 Dtd 14/01/16 Problem I was seeing intermittent network drops on my Server 2012 R2 servers, so when I took a lot in the logs this was what I found; Log Name:      System Source:        e1iexpress Date:          {time} Event ID:      27 Task Category: None Level:         Warning Keywords:      Classic User:          N/A Computer:      {host-name} Description: The description for Event ID 27 from source e1iexpress cannot be...

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