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Backup VMware vCenter server using SMB protocol

While working on my previous tasks Patching update VMware vCenter Server Appliance from a zipped update bundle Web server, there was a constant need to always take backup of vCenter server appliance before doing any update/upgrade or maintenance activity (This is also a good practice to always take…

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Patching update VMware vCenter Server Appliance from a zipped update bundle Web server

I have patched/updated vCenter server multiple times using ISO file in the past and wrote blog - Patching the vCenter Server Appliance VCSA. but whenever updating/patching vCenter server, I had to maintain ISO file repository, but I wanted to have centralized system and automated way from where I…

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VMware vCenter server Error no healthy upstream

After completing VMware vCenter server appliance (vcsa) installation and configuration, when tested vCenter UI url https://vcenter:443/ui, I was receiving below error. I restarted vCenter server vcsa multiple times, checked if DNS entries (A host record and PTR pointer record) exists in DNS server …

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Unable to save IP settings Install Stage 2 Set up vCenter Server configuration

I was deploying fresh new vCenter server, after ova file installation while vCenter server configuration on the stage 2 set up vCenter Server, I was keep receiving error Unable to to save IP settings. I found Network configuration was not editable and set to Assign static IP address, all the networ…

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Add a Trusted Root Certificate to the Certificate Store VMware Photon OS

I was designing and testing a VMware vCenter server update Repository web server solution in my home lab, I built a new web server, but when accessing it on vCenter server with curl command it was giving below error. When I checked the same url in browser, it was working fine, because it was https s…

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Install and Configure IIS Web Server on Windows Server

I was working on a client project where customer had more than 200 vCenter servers of mix version, My goal was to design and automate patching the VMware vCenter Server Appliance from a Zipped Update Bundle. As per the criteria I found first requirement was to install and configure a Web Server, for…

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VCSA Upgrade Error A problem occurred while getting data from the source vCenter Server

While upgrading one of my vCSA (vCenter Server) to newer version VCSA 7, while connecting to source appliance I was receiving error A problem occurred while getting data from the source vCenter server

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This is typical issue of expired root password. due to this vCenter is unable to rotate t…

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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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Powershell vCenter server Rest API create and assign tag and tagcategory

While working on one of the automation project I wanted to assign tags and tag category on VMware clusters using Powershell, It is easy task when done using PowerCLI module but the requirement was not to use PowerCLI module instead make use of vSphere vCenter Rest API

PowerCLI create, modif…

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Configure vCenter SSO Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication) as identity source

I have already written a article on Add a vCenter Single Sign On Identity Source Active Directory (Windows Integrated Authentication), there are 2 ways to configure vCenter SSO with Windows Integrated Authentication, In the earlier article I have shown how to Use Machine Account, and the settings d…

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VMware Skyline Collector Password Recovery (KB52652)

After configuring few instances of VMware Skyline I found I am no longer able to login through ssh root or on web portal through admin, the default password was not working. Another thing was whenever logging through SSH tool I was getting root is locked up. For this skyline has simple and nice know…

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Registering HPE ILO amplifier pack (Hardware support manager) with vCenter 7 Lifecycle manager

I was testing new VMware vCenter server 7 Lifecycle manager feature setting up Image, vSphere Lifecycle Manager presents a new technique of maintaining all ESXi hosts in a cluster by defining an image for the cluster. Images characterize the desired state requirement that comprises software, drivers…

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Install and Configure VMware UMDS on Linux

VMWare UMDS (VMware Update Manager Download Services) is feature and extra add on software included in VCSA ISO file, It helps downloading update metadata, patches, security fixes and latest drivers binaries from online VMware/Vendor hostupdate Repositories. It helps in way to make your VMware Updat…

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VMware UMDS curl_easy_perform() failed: cURL Error: SSL peer certificate or SSH remote key was not OK, SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

After configuring VMWware UMDS (VMware Update Manager download service) in my environment, which downloads patches/update from online VMware repositories, I tried downloading patches/updates.but I was receiving below errors for multiple urls. (There are default 4 online VMware repositories from wher…

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Patching the vCenter Server Appliance VCSA

VMware regularly releases security patches/fixes for its products, here I am patching vCenter server appliance (vcsa portal). Upgrade patches are downloaded from url https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search (VMware Patch download center). 

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I have downloaded vCenter server patch ISO f…

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Assign vSAN licenses in vSphere client

After writing Administrating licenses in vSphere client I missed to mention another way to assign licences to vSAN cluster. Whenever you build you a new cluster and if don't enable vSAN services, that cluster generally is not listed under licenses Assets, Unless you enable vSAN service on cluster. (…

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Administrating licenses in vSphere client

Recently I deployed VMware vSphere 7, and after logging to vSphere Client the first message was popped up on the top middle screen is There are expired or expiring licenses in your inventory. [MANAGE YOUR LICENSES]. As I had licenses to for testing I decided to assign the same to vCenter and ESXi se…

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VMware vcenter 7.0 A problem occurred during setup Services might not be working as expected 63%

As VMware vSphere 7 version is released recently, I thought of testing and have hands-on on the product, to get further on vCenter server 7.0, ISO file is downloaded from my.vmware.com. Here I am performing vCenter server deployment and installation steps on VMware workstation, OVA file is located u…

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