Firefox: Cannot Open vCenter Web Client
Oct31

Firefox: Cannot Open vCenter Web Client

KB ID 0001482 Problem I wonder how many hours Ive lost trying to get browsers to connect to things, and the browser has not been happy? This week I needed to connect to a vCenter (6.5) web console with Firefox and was greeted with this. Your connection is not secure The owner of {site} has configured their web site improperly. To protect information being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website. Error Code:...

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VMware: The OVF Descriptor is Not Available
Oct31

VMware: The OVF Descriptor is Not Available

KB ID 0001483 Problem I’ve seen this a couple of times now, and each time I’ve (wrongly) assumed that the OVA/OVF file I’ve downloaded is either corrupt, or it has some sort of problem. Failed to deploy OVF package. Cause: A general system error occurred: Transfer failed: The OVF descriptor is not available. Solution Redeploy the OVF file, but this time instead of selecting the Cluster, select A SPECIFIC HOST to...

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VMware Cannot Remove / Unmount an NFS Store
Oct20

VMware Cannot Remove / Unmount an NFS Store

KB ID 0001479 Problem After I had a datastore failure I needed to ‘unmount’ a datastore in my VMware 6.5 environment. But when I attempted to do so I got; The “Remote Datastore” operation failed for the entity with the following error message. The resource “Datastore-Name” is in use. Solution In use by what? Thanks for the assistance! Usually this happens because you have a VM with a VMDK in their...

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VMware vSphere Hot Add and Hot Plug
Oct10

VMware vSphere Hot Add and Hot Plug

KB ID 0000527  Problem I was trying to hot add some memory to a VM the other day, and found the option grayed out. Normally I’d just down the VM, add the memory, then bring it back up. But it was a production server and I was pretty sure the OS supported it. A quick Google search told me why it was grayed out, but it also transpired there was little to no information on what version of Windows hot add and hot plug would work...

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VMware: Creating a Storage Encryption Policy
Sep13

VMware: Creating a Storage Encryption Policy

KB ID 0001471 Problem This is essentially part-two of deploying encrypted virtual machines, in a vSphere VMware (6.5 and above) environment. Back in part-one we deployed a KMS server and registered it with vCenter. Now we will create a storage policy that enforces encryption, then apply that policy to a virtual machine. Solution While logged into vCenter > Home > Policies and Profiles > VM Storage Policies > Create VM Storage Policy >...

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VMware vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption
Sep13

VMware vSphere Virtual Machine Encryption

KB ID 0001470 Problem Other that learn this for an exam I’ve never had to deploy this in anger. So when I heard we had a customer at work who wanted to take a look at it I was quite keen to take a look. To encrypt a VM you need to have an additional KMS (Key Management server) which VMware do not provide. They do provide a list, so theres no point me posting a list that will be out of date in a couple of weeks. Our client...

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