vSphere 101

vSphere 101 – NTP Settings

I come across a lot of virtual environments (and physical) that don’t have NTP (Time Servers) setup properly.  If you’ve ever worked in Active Directory, you know how important synchronized time can be – let alone with so many other applications for synced log time, etc… By default, all domain joined machines will contact the PDC emulator (Domain controller holding the PDC role) to synchronize time, and all VMs will use VMware tools. In this scenario, I’m going to assume all servers are VM’s running on vSphere 5.x, and the[…]

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vSphere 101 – Remove Getting Started tabs

  In the old client, removing the “Getting Stated” tabs from each windows was easily accessed from the view menu.  Thankfully, the option is also easy to access in the vSphere Web Client. The “Getting Started” are the default tab whenever you select an object in the client.  It usually contains a brief explanation of that particular object, and then some basic tasks and help links.  While it can be quite handy, I find it gets in the way. To disable all the “Getting Started” tabs in the vSphere Web[…]

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vSphere 101 – Updating the vCSA (Virtual Center Server Appliance)

  This week on vSphere 101, I am going to walk through the process of updating your vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). The vCSA is a linux based vCenter appliance, that doesn’t require a windows license, and has SSO and the databases all running within the same VM.  It is a great solution for labs, SMBs, etc.  Updating vCenter on Windows is straight forward, but how about the vCSA? First, login to the administrative page for the vCSA, which would be http://(vCSA_IP_here):5480 and login with your credentials. (default – root /[…]

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