vCenter ‘Root’ Account Expired
Jun12

vCenter ‘Root’ Account Expired

KB ID 0001568 Problem Today I found I could no longer log in to the VCSA vCenter appliance; Exception in invoking authentication handler User password expired Solution Just because I can’t log into the web console, I could still log into the the appliance via SSH. Then invoke the shell command, and reset the root password with the passwd command; Now if you wish, you can Disable VCSA Password Expiration: Administration > Edit...

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vSphere ESX: Replace / Update the VMware Tools ISO
Jun07

vSphere ESX: Replace / Update the VMware Tools ISO

KB ID 0001566 Problem On Experts Exchange this morning someone asked about how to upgrade the VMware Tools as a result of a security advisory that advocated updating Windows VMware Tools to version 10.3 So here’s how to replace / upgrade the VMware Tools distribution ISOs, that live inside ESX. Solution Firstly, you need to download the tools! It’s easier if you simply get them in .zip format. Download and extract them,...

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vSphere: Cannot Change the Host Configuration
Jun03

vSphere: Cannot Change the Host Configuration

KB ID 0001565 Problem There’s always one! I had a single ESX host that refused to add a datastore? Failed to create VFMS Datastore {Name} – Cannot change the host configuration. Solution I already half suspected what the problem was, because I’d had a similar problem earlier on this week presenting disks to a Windows VM, there’s a GPT partition table on the dive/array. But without waiting an hour for the HP...

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vSphere: Presenting Physical Disks to a VM
May30

vSphere: Presenting Physical Disks to a VM

KB ID 0001563 Problem I’m doing some work presenting StarWind vSAN into VMware ESX. Because we also want ‘disk tiering’ it has to be ran from Microsoft Windows with Storage Spaces*. To do that I needed to present the physical disks in the ESX hosts, (HP DL380 Gen 10s) to the Windows Virtual Machines that StarWind will be running on. *Note: At present, ‘tiering’ cannot be done from the StarWind Linux...

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Veeam: Restore/Migrate vSphere VM to Hyper-V
May22

Veeam: Restore/Migrate vSphere VM to Hyper-V

KB ID 0001559 Problem I saw this question asked on EE the other day, and while I’ve done Migrating from vSphere to Microsoft before, I’ve never really tried with Veeam. Migrating and Restoring vSphere Machines to Azure is easy, but what about Hyper-V? Solution Natively with Veeam Backup and Restore, the only way to do this, is to perform an Agent Based backup of your VMware VM. If you are unfamiliar with doing this,  you...

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VMware Horizon – Replacing Certificates
May09

VMware Horizon – Replacing Certificates

KB ID 0001547 Problem I deployed Horizon v7 a while ago for a client, they messaged me to say their wildcard cert was about to expire, could I replace it in the Horizon infrastructure. On logging in, sure enough; Connection Server Details Status: The service has a minor issue SSL Certificate: About to expire {Date} {Time} This is why I like VMware, it’s picked up the problem, and pointed me in the right direction, (the...

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