vSphere 5.1

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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vCloud Lab – Planning

  With the release of vSphere 5.1, comes a new version of vCloud as well.  I thought this would be a great chance to put up a vCloud lab at home, and to share the steps for others who want to learn the setup and management of vCloud, but don’t have a lot of physical boxes sitting around. While this process can be done in VMware Workstation, I am going to be using a single physical ESXi 5 server to house the entire lab. The first thing we need to[…]

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HP P2000 G3 and VAAI with vSphere 5.0 and 5.1

  HP’s P200 has been around a little while, and has had a bit of improvements done with firmware updates.  While adding VAAI support to a P2000 is a little older news, I thought I would still write about it since I recently upgraded one and want to point out the differences for ESXi 5.0 and 5.1 For the P2000 G3 to support VAAI, we need to update the firmware to at least version TS230P008.  The latest version can be found here (TS240P004). Upgrading the firmware is a very easy[…]

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vSphere 5.1 Lab – Installing the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)

  Now that we’ve got some VSA’s sharing storage, and some nested ESXi hosts, it’s time to get vCenter up and running. VMware has a vCenter appliance, which scales quite nicely. One benefit of the vCSA is that it doesn’t require a Windows license – otherwise, the benefits for most running this or the Windows service are negligible. Step 1: Download the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) This download is located within your “my VMware” under downloads, and vSphere.  ( a trial can be downloaded here) Extract the .zip file, and[…]

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vSphere 5.1 Lab – Nested ESXi 5.1

Now that I’ve got some shared storage setup for the lab environment, it’s time to get some ESXi 5.1 hosts.  Since this is a lab environment, I want to run some nested ESXi 5.1 hosts. Running nested means installing a hypervisor inside of another hypervisor.  This could be XenServer, Hyper-V, or ESXi.  Obviously, I recommend the later!  You can install and run VMs on top of the nested ESXI install, and they can be 64bit, but that depends on the CPU. I had already blogged about running a nested setup previously, however, there[…]

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Windows 8 and vSphere client

So, you’ve upgraded to Windows 8, and are wanting to connect to your VM console via vSphere. Uh Oh! A wild error message appears! “The VMRC console has disconnected…attempting to reconnect” What’s happening? Well, the short story is that when connecting to the console, the vSphere client uses an Internet Explorer plugin, which is not compatible with IE 10 (which Windows 8 comes with). Unfortunately, there is no way to view the console at this point with vSphere. The Good News: vSphere 5.1 fixes this issue.  Using the vSphere 5.1[…]

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Veeam Job fails after upgrade to vSphere 5.1

Now that vSphere 5.1 is been out a little while, there are more and more upgrades happening.  One problem that I run across while upgrading is that the Veeam backup job fails the next morning if you aren’t aware of what happens. During the upgrade to vSphere 5.1, the ESXi servers now have a different UUID.  Since Veeam uses the UUID to distinguish objects, it now sees different UUIDs, and the backup job will fail: Error: Host with uuid ‘37363536-3536-4d32-3231-333930315039’ was not found In the backup logs, you will also[…]

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