Today I needed to assign some vCenter tags to some VMs I was deploying using vRealize Automation.
The scenario was that the customer did not want backup of VMs deployed by the vRA test environment, and in production they wanted a specific backup tier.
They are using Veeam backup, so the vRA test environment needed to have a NoBackup Tag, and production needed some other tag, depending on the type of server being deployed.
vRO does not provide very extensive support for these operations out of the box, but vRO 7.2 does come with some sample workflows.
To get started with vCenter tagging you need to configure a vAPI endpoint and a vAPI metamodel.
Continue reading Assigning vCenter tags using vRealize Orchestrator
The new vCenter 6.5 Server Appliance comes with a backup function, but it is not possible to schedule the backup out of the box.
But there are several ways that you can do this yourself. Continue reading VMware vCSA 6.5 Scheduled Backup
I ran into an error the other day, when updating an IBM based vSphere 6.0 environment using Update Manager, and I want to share my solution with you and myself, so I do not need to find it the next time I run into it.
ERROR: The host returns esxupdate error code:15. The package manager transactions is not successful. Check the update Manager log files and esxupdate.log files for more details.
Continue reading VMware ESXi Update on IBM Servers fail
Are you looking to Upgrade Mirage and move it to a new server, or are you just looking to move Horizon Mirage to a new server, this article will describe what you need to do.
Continue reading Upgrade VMware Horizon Mirage to new server
Network health check is a very useful feature that was introduced with vSphere 5.1 vDS.
What does it do?
The purpose is to test if the VLANs, MTU and Load Balancing settings you defined are actually working. The old way of doing this would be to disconnect all port except one, by either doing a shutdown on the switch port, or pulling out the cable, and then testing, with a VM, if every VLAN still works. This can be a very lengthy process if you have many adapters, but also a necessary step if you want a stable environment.
If you want to know more about how it check the different settings, Joseph Griffiths did a good article on this you can read here: http://blog.jgriffiths.org/?p=877
So why would you ever disable this feature?
Well the health check feature generates a lot of mac table entries as explained in VMware KB 2034795.
An example given is that you have 35 Hosts with 2 Network Adapters each, and 60 VLANs. This will generate (35 * 2 * 60) 4200 mac table entries in your physical switches. And as you can see, this quickly increases. Some switches only has room for 32.000 records or less. Continue reading Should you enable Network health check for your Distributed Virtual Switches
If you need to search your vSphere Datastores for orphaned VMDK files, Luc Dekens made a script that can help you.
Another possibility is to use rvTools.
Tired of having to update all your servers manually, or with Microsoft WSUS, but without control?
Are you tired of wasting 1-2 hours, every time you deploy a template, for it to install all the latest patches?
Why not automate it the easy way?
Continue reading Automating Windows Update
Today we will look at how to enable REST on phpIPAM. This is an essential part when integrating with vRealize Orchestrator, since REST is an excellent interface for automation.
REST might scare you at first, but don’t loose faith, you will soon enough begin to like it, when you vRealize the power it brings.
Continue reading Free IPAM solution – 3. Enabling REST
Trying to remember the password for all of your different web interfaces?
Remember one less password, by enabling AD (Active Directory) authentication for phpIPAM.
Continue reading Free IPAM solution – 2. Enabling LDAP/AD Authentication