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Blog posts November 2020

Forward vCenter Server Appliance logs to syslog server

Using Syslog server to forward the logs from vCenter is essential and best practice, forwarding logs to syslog server should always be in your configuration checklist. This is also a automated best way to ensure all the logs are streamed. Collected logs are used later for better troubleshooting vCen…

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VMware vCenter Server Management Exception in invoking authentication handler user password expired

While logging to vCenter VAMI portal (VMware vCenter Server Management Port 5480), I was receiving below error message with my root login.

Exception in invoking authentication handler User password expired.

This issue is due to the root password for VAMI portal is expired. Although you can st…

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VMware LifeCycle Manager import updates bundle and patch ESXi server

With VMware vCenter version 7 Lifecyle Management is greatly improved as with new name lifecycle manager with new features (formerly VUM [VMware Update manager]). The new innovations for lifecycle management in vSphere 7 make it easy for customers to have consistent and up-to-date systems. The major…

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How to update a patch on an ESXi host via command line

When it comes to upgrade/update patches or ESXi version my preferred method is VMware Lifecycle manager / VMware update manager vum. But there are scenarios or issues while updating ESXi using VUM / LifeCyle manager or also this procedure helps if ESXi server is standalone and not managed by vCenter…

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VMware LifeCycle Manager There are conflicts from the patches selected for staging or remediation

I was testing ESXi patching through Lifecycle Manager/VUM (Vmware Update Manager). While remediating patch bundle on ESXi server, there was electricity issue and my Esxi server and vCenter server got powered off abruptly in the middle of update. After powering on the vCenter and Esxi server I tried …

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VMware WorkStation error This Virtual Machine appears to be in use

Recently my Windows OS crashed after some electricity issues where VMware WorkStation was installed. After powering on my lab servers again I was not able to Power On virtual machines on the VMware WorkStation and it was giving below error.

This virtual machine appears to be in use.
If this vir…

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Configure PTP (Precision Time Protocol) on ESXi Server

Time keeping on ESXi server is a best practice, It helps in SSL certificate authentication and troubleshooting (logs/activities), it is very essential to Time configuration settings on ESXi server after deployment or after later. I have written two articles earlier on this topic.

vSphere ESXi s…

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