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Powershell vCenter server Rest API create and assign tag and tagcategory

While working on one of the automation project I wanted to assign tags and tag category on VMware clusters using Powershell, It is easy task when done using PowerCLI module but the requirement was not to use PowerCLI module instead make use of vSphere vCenter Rest API

PowerCLI create, modif…

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Configure vCenter SSO Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication) as identity source

I have already written a article on Add a vCenter Single Sign On Identity Source Active Directory (Windows Integrated Authentication), there are 2 ways to configure vCenter SSO with Windows Integrated Authentication, In the earlier article I have shown how to Use Machine Account, and the settings d…

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VMware Skyline Collector Password Recovery (KB52652)

After configuring few instances of VMware Skyline I found I am no longer able to login through ssh root or on web portal through admin, the default password was not working. Another thing was whenever logging through SSH tool I was getting root is locked up. For this skyline has simple and nice know…

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Registering HPE ILO amplifier pack (Hardware support manager) with vCenter 7 Lifecycle manager

I was testing new VMware vCenter server 7 Lifecycle manager feature setting up Image, vSphere Lifecycle Manager presents a new technique of maintaining all ESXi hosts in a cluster by defining an image for the cluster. Images characterize the desired state requirement that comprises software, drivers…

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Install and Configure VMware UMDS on Linux

VMWare UMDS (VMware Update Manager Download Services) is feature and extra add on software included in VCSA ISO file, It helps downloading update metadata, patches, security fixes and latest drivers binaries from online VMware/Vendor hostupdate Repositories. It helps in way to make your VMware Updat…

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VMware UMDS curl_easy_perform() failed: cURL Error: SSL peer certificate or SSH remote key was not OK, SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

After configuring VMWware UMDS (VMware Update Manager download service) in my environment, which downloads patches/update from online VMware repositories, I tried downloading patches/updates.but I was receiving below errors for multiple urls. (There are default 4 online VMware repositories from wher…

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Patching the vCenter Server Appliance VCSA

VMware regularly releases security patches/fixes for its products, here I am patching vCenter server appliance (vcsa portal). Upgrade patches are downloaded from url https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search (VMware Patch download center). 

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I have downloaded vCenter server patch ISO f…

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Assign vSAN licenses in vSphere client

After writing Administrating licenses in vSphere client I missed to mention another way to assign licences to vSAN cluster. Whenever you build you a new cluster and if don't enable vSAN services, that cluster generally is not listed under licenses Assets, Unless you enable vSAN service on cluster. (…

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Administrating licenses in vSphere client

Recently I deployed VMware vSphere 7, and after logging to vSphere Client the first message was popped up on the top middle screen is There are expired or expiring licenses in your inventory. [MANAGE YOUR LICENSES]. As I had licenses to for testing I decided to assign the same to vCenter and ESXi se…

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VMware vcenter 7.0 A problem occurred during setup Services might not be working as expected 63%

As VMware vSphere 7 version is released recently, I thought of testing and have hands-on on the product, to get further on vCenter server 7.0, ISO file is downloaded from my.vmware.com. Here I am performing vCenter server deployment and installation steps on VMware workstation, OVA file is located u…

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Managing ESXi SSL certificate properties from vCenter server

One of the way to manage esxi certificate properties is using vCenter server, This is good option where you don't have generate a certificate for every indivisual Esxi. You just need to configure valid SSL certificate once on the vCenter VMCA. Improving Esxi security by using vCenter server can ensu…

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Enable Access to the VCSA Bash shell or Appliance Shell

Currently, the vCSA is bundled with below supported shells - BASH Shell & Appliance Shell. The appliance shell can be used to update the VCSA, using the software-packages command and has some other use cases. When you log in for first time by default it shows appliance shell, below is the method to …

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How to replace default vCenter VMCA certificate with Microsoft CA signed certificate

VMCA (VMware Certificate Authority) is a one of the components in PSC (Platform services controller) inbuilt into vCenter server 6.x. VMCA is Certificate Authority and works as same as Microsoft CA certificate. It can issue certificates to VMware components i.e. vCenter, ESXi servers. In my previous…

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How to import default vCenter server appliance VMCA root certificate and refresh CA certificate on ESXi

This is step by step guide on basic vmware certificate chain installation in the infrastructure, all the steps performed on development infra, Back from my previous project, I installed new VMware vCenter appliance 6.7 recently and few of my esxi server were already installed with self signed certif…

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How to deploy vCenter server appliance on VMware Workstation

I keep experimenting in my vSphere lab environment, and this time wanted to Install fresh vCenter server appliance from scratch on VMware Workstation, with new version of VMware Workstation deploying OVF (open virtulization format) is very easy, although I already had written article previously D…

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vCenter server appliance 6.5 deployment Error The supplied system is not valid

I was setting up a new VMware vCenter server appliance for a new project. While in the middle of setup of vCenter post deployment configuration I was keep receiving below error as log.

Messages
Error: The supplied system name FQDN is not valid.
Resolution: If the supplied system name is a FQD…

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Solved Esxi host disconnected evaluation license expired

In my vmware vSphere homelab, I found my Esxi hosts were showing disconnected in vCenter. I tried connecting esxi host through vmware vSphere web client. But I was getting error notification of reconnect host failure with the message Evaluation mode licenses expired.

Task Name: Reconnect host

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Configure the VMWare Update Manager Proxy Settings using vSphere Web Client

In my lab I wanted to upgrade my vsphere lab, Because my VUM (VMWare vSphere Update Manager) didn't have direct internet access, I need to configure internet proxy server and In this article I will be configuring the Proxy Settings on VMWare Update Manager in the vSphere Web Client. So I will downlo…

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Add a vCenter Single Sign On Identity Source Active Directory (Windows Integrated Authentication)

This is a second part of my article How to join vCenter Server appliance to Active Directory, and here I am configuring Identity source on Single sign on. In my one of the previous article ADDING AND CONFIGURING VMWARE VSPHERE VCENTER SSO ACTIVE DIRECTORY AS LDAP SERVER  I used AD as ldap server…

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How to join vCenter Server appliance to Active Directory

I just finished deploying new VCSA 6.7 in my office for a new project, In this article I am showing procedure to join VCSA to active directory, and wanted to assign permissions to AD accounts but Active directory was not visible in permissions. For the same follow below steps on vCenter web client t…

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