Deploying and Configuring The vCenter Server Appliance
Aug21

Deploying and Configuring The vCenter Server Appliance

KB ID 0001146¬†Dtd¬†21/08/17 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 vcsa-iu-installer directory, and run the...

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VMware Linux VM – ‘No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found’
Jul23

VMware Linux VM – ‘No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found’

KB ID 0001334 Dtd 23/07/17 Problem Last week while trying to create a Linux VM on a VMware ESX 6.5 server, I saw this; No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found Solution Normally the error indicates theres something wrong with the install media, so I deleted it and uploaded it again, same error. So I downloaded the setup iso file again and checked its checksum, to make sure it was OK, (it was, but the problem persisted). To fix...

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Linux – Install VMware Tools
Jul19

Linux – Install VMware Tools

KB ID 0001330 Dtd 19/07/17 Problem Note: This is to install the VMware Tools NOT the OPEN-VM-TOOLS. I’ve had to do this a few times now, and every time I Goolge how to do it, I get pages of instructions on how to install the open vm tools. When what I really want is to install the VMware Tools. Solution I’m using vSphere ESX, but even if you are using VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion, you can still select...

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CentOS / Redhat / Fedora – VMware VMXNET3 Adapter Not Working
Jul18

CentOS / Redhat / Fedora – VMware VMXNET3 Adapter Not Working

KB ID 0001329 Dtd 18/07/17 Problem This has tripped me up a couple of times, and if you Google the problem, you find a load of posts saying ‘Just install VMware tools that will fix the problem’ It Wont! And I’ll tell you why, run ifconfig You will notice you have a network card, but you will also notice that it’s got a strange name ‘ens160’ not eth0 as you would normally expect? Anyway let’s...

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vCenter – Management Ports
Jul03

vCenter – Management Ports

KB ID 0001324 Dtd 03/07/17 Problem A while ago my colleague was struggling to get into a vCenter server. Normal https (TCP 443) wasn’t letting him in, I knew you could manage the appliance directly, (but I couldn’t remember the port number!) He knew there was an alternate port number, but we didn’t know what it was. Solution vCenter Appliance (Direct) Management Port TCP: 5480 i.e. https://{ip-or-host-name}:5480...

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vSphere Web Client – Disable the Console Timeout
Apr19

vSphere Web Client – Disable the Console Timeout

KB ID 0001118 Dtd 19/04/17 Problem One annoying thing about the vSphere web client is the fact it throws you out after a period of inactivity. Now I know there are straight forward security reasons of this, and on a production environment thats fine. But on my test network theres just me, sighing every few minutes and logging back in again. Solution vCenter Appliance (VCSA) Web Client Inactivity Timeout Connect directly to the console...

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