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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Convert  a Virtualbox VM to a VMware Fusion VM
Mar24

Convert a Virtualbox VM to a VMware Fusion VM

KB ID 0001169 Dtd 24/03/16 Problem I have a bunch of VM’s that I use with GNS3 that are in Virtualbox. I also run VMware Fusion, and since my upgrade to version 1.4.4 I need to run the GNS3 VM in VMware, (I could not get the Virtualbox version to work). So I decided to copy over the remainder of my VMs as well. Solution Within Virtualbox > File > Export Appliance. Select the VM in question > Continue. Important: Ensure...

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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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VMware Fusion – Change IP Addresses
Jan28

VMware Fusion – Change IP Addresses

KB ID 0001147 Dtd 28/01/16 Problem I use Fusion a lot, and it does what I want and never gives me any problems. I was working for a client this week and had to VPN onto their network (172.16.0.0/16 but all the servers were on 172.16.48.x). When connected I could not RDP to any of their servers? I asked a colleague to try on his laptop and it worked fine? I asked another colleague who also uses a mac, his worked as well. Solution I...

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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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