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Monitoring VMWare ESXi with the ELK Stack

Monitor anything; this is what fills your head after playing with Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana. ELK Stack, meet VMWare Server.  Since VMWare’s ESXi runs on some Linux kernel, it shares the logging facilities we’re familiar with on Linux systems.  Going about forwarding syslog messages to a remote box is a bit different thou.  Luckily, VMWare’s Read more about Monitoring VMWare ESXi with the ELK Stack[…]

10GB Nics Do Not Appear After ESXi 6.0 U1b Update (Emulex HP NC550SFP)

If after ESXi upgrade the host does not see network card. You need to check the compatibility of drivers which came with a new ESXi version with your network card firmware. This example is for Emulex HP NC550SFP (Part Number  581201-B21) and ESXi 6.0 U1b HP custom image. Check the current BIOS version for Emulex Read more about 10GB Nics Do Not Appear After ESXi 6.0 U1b Update (Emulex HP NC550SFP)[…]

How does an HP Fibre Channel Virtual Connect Module Work?

f you don’t know, a FC-VC module looks like this, and you install them in redundant pairs in adjacent interconnect bays at the rear of the chassis.   You then patch each of the FC Ports into a FC switch. The supported configuration is one FC-VC Module to 1 FC switch (below)   Connecting one Read more about How does an HP Fibre Channel Virtual Connect Module Work?[…]

Migrating from vCenter Server Embedded PSC to External PSC in vCenter Server 6

For the past few weeks i am working on enhancing my VMware home lab setup to be more scalable and enterprise grade , which gave me an opportunity to migrate the embededd PSC to external to extend my vCenter Single Sign-On domain with more vCenter Server instances to support multi site NSX and SRM use Read more about Migrating from vCenter Server Embedded PSC to External PSC in vCenter Server 6[…]

VMware vSphere 5.5: Installing vCenter results in “Error 29102. Unable to Contact Lookup Service. Check vm_ssoreg.log in the system temporary folder for more details.”

Recently I have been re-installing my home lab due to the 60 day trial license coming to an end and discovered something odd. During the installation of vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 I came across the following error: Unable to contact Lookup Service. Check vm_ssoreg.log in the system temporary folder for more Read more about VMware vSphere 5.5: Installing vCenter results in “Error 29102. Unable to Contact Lookup Service. Check vm_ssoreg.log in the system temporary folder for more details.”[…]

How to add AD Authentication in vCenter 6.0 (Platform Service Controller)

Platform Service Controller is a new component in vSphere 6.0. The PSC contains all the services that vCenter needs for its functions including Single Sign-On (SSO). This post describes how to configure AD authentication in vCenter Server 6.0. The method shown in this post allows you to manage users and groups in your central directory. This works Read more about How to add AD Authentication in vCenter 6.0 (Platform Service Controller)[…]

Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Virtual Machines

Harden virtual machine access VMware tools enable greater interaction between ESXi host and the virtual machine. VMware tool is mandatory for several VMware features to function. VMware recommends to restrict VMware tools installation access to only users who would need it. It is controlled by a privilege. Virtual machine.Interaction.VMware Tools install This privilege allows mounting Read more about Secure ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Virtual Machines[…]

vSphere 6.x Configure and Administer Role-based Access Control

Compare and contrast propagated and explicit permission assignments Authorization in vSphere: A user or a group in vSphere is authorized using vCenter Server permissions. A privileged user can assign permissions to another user or group in following ways, a.      vCenter Server permissions The permission model of vCenter Server relies on assigning permission to objects in Read more about vSphere 6.x Configure and Administer Role-based Access Control[…]

How to Migrate back from dvSwitch to Standard Switch

Creating a Distributed virtual switch and adding a host is fairly straightforward.  I have found that once a host is added to a dvSwitch ( or whichever way you wrap your head around the concept ) however that it’s a bit more difficult to convert it back depending upon how many virtual adapters are involved. This post documents the steps to add Read more about How to Migrate back from dvSwitch to Standard Switch[…]

How to migrate from Vcenter 5.5 to VCSA 6.5

Before you Start: The migration supports going from 5.5 and 6.0 on Windows to the VCSA 6.5 appliance You will need workstation not counting your Windows vCenter server (in case its physical) Ensure you have the SSO password of your Windows vCenter deployment If you are going to deploy the VCSA on a ESXi server make sure Read more about How to migrate from Vcenter 5.5 to VCSA 6.5[…]