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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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PowerCLI one-liner Reporting, Assigning, Changing and Removing licenses on ESXi

I was looking for instant one-liner PowerCLI script to get licensing report of ESXi servers and also wanted one-liner commands to assign / remove licenses on ESXi servers, Below scripts help to do the tasks.

#Connect ESXi Server
$vmHost = Get-VMHost -Name ironman.vcloud-lab.com

#Assign / …

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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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Powercli Get vCenter licenses information

Recently I was testing vCenter and Esxi 7 - vSphere suite for my new project, I periodically ask my subordinate team to review and collect the licenses information to know and forecast licensing needs. To use this script first I fill and run information accordingly. (Temporarily remove/unload Hyper-…

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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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Ansible get information from esxi advanced settings nested dictionary with unique keynames

After my earlier post ansible create an array with set_fact, I wanted to grab some selected information from VMware ESXi Advanced setting. but the problem was when I use ansible module vmware_host_config_info, information generated here was in below json format. (Note:  There are tons of advanced…

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ansible create an array with set_fact

In one of my vSphere Ansible automation task, I was looking for to create a new array variable using set_fact. here I have achieved the same task using 2 different playbook with small way procedure. In the both methods on the vars I have defined infra variable where I have defined my VMware esxi s…

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Ansible for VMwary Using vmware_vm_inventory dynamic inventory plugin

Since I started using Ansible for VMware management, Daily I am exploring new thing on vSphere Ansible, and stumbled upon interesting dynamic inventory plugin named vmware_vm_inventory from url https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/plugins/inventory/vmware_vm_inventory.html (for more about pa…

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Using Ansible for Managing VMware vSphere Infrastructure

On this second part article of after How to install Ansible on Linux for vSphere configuration, I have written here 2 Ansible playbook files (play tasks created) to configure VMWare ESXi servers. Language for the ansible playbook files is YAML/YML format. When using Ansible to use on VMware vSph…

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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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How to install Ansible on Linux for vSphere configuration

Part 2: Using Ansible for Managing VMware vsphere Infrastructure

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Recently I took over a task to evaluate few DevOps configuration, automation and orchestration tools to configure VMware vSphere. There are many tools available in the market for DevOps automation. Personally I like and already…

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Troubleshooting replacing a corrupted certificate on Esxi server

While deploying your own certificate on ESXi server you need to follow certain requirement to create it as shown here, if new generated certificate is not correct as per the standard and if they are replaced overwritten without proper backup, it can cause connection error on ESXi server and you wil…

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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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Replacing a default ESXi certificate with a CA-Signed certificate

Push SSL certificates to client computers using Group Policy

In my earlier article I shown how to Generate new self-signed certificates for ESXi using OpenSSL. Importing this certificate in local certificates store is good for single computer or 2-3 systems, but may be tedious task if you want to maintain it on more than 10 systems, think what happens if the…

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Generate new self-signed certificates for ESXi using OpenSSL

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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Esxi update individual component firmware on HP hardware: disk degraded not authenticated

Server hardware goes faulty is common in any organization, I was doing healthcheck on all vCenter, few of my ESXi servers were showing alerts on faulty storage controller battery and HDD storage issue, they were running on HP hardware, after checking ILO pages, hardware health status was in yellow o…

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