Deploy Log Insight in Workstation

If you want to run Log Insight in Workstation (most likely for a lab), you will realise that once you deployed the appliance, all the settings you configured in the wizard have been diregarded. Note that the following is not supported by VMware and should only be used for labs... [Read More]

Set password of an sso user to never expire

In vCenter, users created on the vSphere SSO domain (vphere.local by default) all share the same password policy defined in Single Sign-On > Configuration > Policies > Password Policy with a default password expiration after 90 days. For “interactive” users it’s probably a good thing to keep them on their... [Read More]

How to silence VSAN health checks

The VSAN health checks are great in vCenter to quickly notice when something wrong is going on. However there may be some of the health checks that you don’t want to come up as warning. As an example, lots of vCenter implementations don’t have access to internet by design and... [Read More]

Certificate replacement in vCenter HA configuration

Recently I had to change the default certificates of a newly installed vCenter. Nothing unusal with that, if not for the fact that I didn’t think about vCenter HA that I configured before getting the certs. If only I had read that little piece of advice from VMware… ... [Read More]

Passive node down in vCenter HA 6.5

This issue is fixed in vCenter 6.5 update 1. I recently logged on a VCSA 6.5 that had been installed a while back with vCenter High Availability (VCHA) and noticed that the passive node was down. After a few checks, the VM is running, I can... [Read More]

vCenter 6.5 hybrid certificates with Microsoft Standalone CA

The hybrid mode is currently VMware’s recommended deployment model for certificates as it procures a good level of security while not being too cumbersome to implement. In this model only the Machine SSL certificate is signed by the CA and replaced on the vCenter server. The solution user and ESXi... [Read More]

Install the latest PowerCLI on offline systems

If you keep your PowerCLI up to date you may have noticed that since version 6.5.1 you can’t download the installer on the VMware website anymore. This being because VMware moved the distribution of PowerCLI to Powershell Gallery using the cmdlets Install-Module, Uninstall-Module and... [Read More]

All your VMs in RDCManager in 20 seconds

I recently started a new job and just like in my previous one I wanted to have all servers consolidated in one place so I can easily RDP on them if needed. I use the free Microsoft tool Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan). There are better software out there like... [Read More]

Meltdown & Spectre - Check if your ESXi servers are patched

[Update 20/03/2018] VMware now recommends to apply the patch for Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigation. According to them the performance impact is less than 2%. I haven’t patched yet and I will wait for the feedback of early adopters. The start of the year has been so ridiculous with patches... [Read More]

Metro cluster partial DCI failure

In this article I would like to cover a failure scenario that I recently dealt with and that I suspect is maybe not that common for several reasons. The environment is made of 2 sites in a metro cluster sharing a virtualised storage over a multiplexed fiber. Half of the... [Read More]