VCAP-DCV Deploy

VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.2 Configure Identity Sources for Single Sign-On

Now that a Platform Services Controller installed, and vCenter Server installed; it’s time to configure single sign-on sources for our SSO domain. SSO, or Single Sign On, was introduced in vSphere 5.1 and provides a more secure way of authenticating into the vSphere environment. SSO is now connected to multiple authentication domains, like active directory, and will exchange authentication for tokens which are used to access multiple vSphere services. In our lab, we will configure SSO to use Active Directory as a source. First, log into the vSphere Web Client,[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.2 Deploy vCenter Server

Now that the Platform Services Controller (PSC) is installed, it’s time to install the vCenter server.  For the lab, we will be installing vCenter 6 onto Windows 2012 R2. After mounting the ISO image, autorun will give us the option to install vCenter.  Choose vCenter Server from the External Deployment section. Configure the name of the vCenter server – this will be hard coded into the SSL certificate. Next, enter the details for the Platform Services Controller that was just setup. Confirm the SSL certificate (not shown), and choose an[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.2 Deploy and Configure a Platform Services Controller

Objective 1.2 deals with the managing infrastructure.  In this blog, I will cover the installation of a Platform Services Controller on a dedicated server, instead of the simple install option, where the PSC is deployed with vCenter on the same server. What is a Platform Services Controller? “Platform Services Controller (PSC) is a component of the VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite. PSC deals with identity management for administrators and applications that interact with the vSphere platform.” So, what was once SSO is now a part of the PSC.  In addition, it[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.1 Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration – Part 3

  To finish off objective 1.1, we have three things to cover: Edit system swap / scratch configuration Configure ESXi to use a central syslog server Manage / edit the core dump configuration of an ESXi host Edit system swap / scratch configuration ESXi has a swap location to use in case RAM usage is too high, and it needs to swap out to disk.  We can configure the location to be used during the swapping.  The scratch partition is used to store vm-support output, which you need when you create[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.1 Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration – Part 2

In part 1, we covered using Auto Deploy to install ESXi onto our physical hosts.  In part 2, we will cover unattended installations. Sometimes known as a scripted install, or a kickstart, this deployment method automates the install process, which in turn makes it easy to deploy multiple hosts quickly. Here’s a sample ks.cfg file that will automatically accept the EULA, install ESXi on the first hard disk, and overwrite any vmfs volume on that disk.  Then, sets up the mgmt ip statically to 192.168.10.11, and sets the root password to[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Objective 1.1 Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration – Part 1

To kick off the series on the blueprint for the VCAP-DCV exam, I thought I would start at the beginning.  I will split objective 1.1 into 3 parts: Objective 1.1 – Perform advanced ESXi Host Configuration Skills and Abilities (Part 1) Configure and Manage Auto Deploy configurations Determine use case for Stateless vs Stateful installs Create / Modify rules and rule sets Create and associate Host Profiles for an Auto Deploy reference host (Part 2) Configure Kernel Boot Parameters for scripted install according to a deployment plan: Modify scripted weasel install[…]

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VCAP-DCV Deploy – Study Guide Series

Since I hold a VCAP-DCD for 5.5, and want to upgrade to the VCIX-DCV 6, I have to study and take the VCAP-DCV Deploy test.  Thankfully, VMware has made the process easy – I don’t have to upgrade the VCAP-DCD first to 6.0, as it will count towards my VCIX! So, in order to assist me in studying, I decided to start a study guide series, following the objectives on the test’s blueprint (beta as of now). Here is the current blueprint (as of feb 2016) Section 1 – Create[…]

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