VMware Converter – Unable to Deploy Agent
Sep11

VMware Converter – Unable to Deploy Agent

KB ID 0001345 Dtd 11/09/17 Problem I still think P2V conversions are cool, and I’ve been doing them since version 3! It seems though every time I try and do one with the standalone converter though I get this error; VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Unable to complete installation/uninstallation of converter agent on ‘{target}’ Solution I always spend five minutes messing with firewalls, checking remote registry...

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Upgrading vSphere ESXi Hosts (Including HP and Dell)
Sep02

Upgrading vSphere ESXi Hosts (Including HP and Dell)

KB ID 0001343 Dtd 02/09/17 Problem Before you think about upgrading your hosts, you should upgrade your vCenter, Upgrade vSphere vCenter Appliance to Version 6.5 Assuming thats all done, your task now is to upgrade your hosts, if you have a vanilla VMware ESXi version installed. You COULD simply SSH into the host, and execute the following commands; esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient esxcli software profile...

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VMware ESXi Syslog Errors – ‘System logs  on host {host-name} are stored on non-persistent storage.’
Sep01

VMware ESXi Syslog Errors – ‘System logs on host {host-name} are stored on non-persistent storage.’

KB ID 0000456 Dtd 01/09/17 Problem Syslog Error Seen on ESXi 6.0 and 6.5 System logs on host {host-name} are stored on non-persistent storage. Syslog Error Seen on ESXi 5.1 Error Configuration Issues System logs on host {host-name} are stored on non-persistent storage. Syslog Error Seen on ESXi 5 Error Configuration Issues System logging is not configured on host {host-name}. Syslog Error Seen on ESXi 4 Error Configuration Issues...

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vSphere 6.5 vCenter Appliance – Replacing Certificates
Aug22

vSphere 6.5 vCenter Appliance – Replacing Certificates

KB ID 0001194 Dtd  22/08/17 Problem In 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...

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VMware ESXi6  – Replacing the Default Certificates
Aug22

VMware ESXi6 – Replacing the Default Certificates

KB ID 0001195 Dtd 22/08/17 Problem This is pretty much part two of the last article I wrote, so make sure you have the vCenter CA setup as a Sub CA of your Microsoft Certificate Services Deployment. See the following article; vSphere 6 vCenter Appliance – Replacing Certificates Now we take the next step, and replace the certificates on the ESXi hosts. Solution Note: Joining the ESXi Hosts to the domain is not essential, it just makes...

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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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