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Install and configure certificate authority (CA) on Microsoft Windows server with Group Policy

Recently VMWare has released a new feature vCenter identity federation to vSphere 7 version. I was testing that feature and it required CA signed certificates, so wanted to install and configure certificate authority (CA) server, for my lab as I didn't have it one in the lab, when installing and co…

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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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Ansible get information from esxi advanced settings nested dictionary with unique keynames

After my earlier post ansible create an array with set_fact, I wanted to grab some selected information from VMware ESXi Advanced setting. but the problem was when I use ansible module vmware_host_config_info, information generated here was in below json format. (Note:  There are tons of advanced…

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ansible create an array with set_fact

In one of my vSphere Ansible automation task, I was looking for to create a new array variable using set_fact. here I have achieved the same task using 2 different playbook with small way procedure. In the both methods on the vars I have defined infra variable where I have defined my VMware esxi s…

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Ansible for VMwary Using vmware_vm_inventory dynamic inventory plugin

Since I started using Ansible for VMware management, Daily I am exploring new thing on vSphere Ansible, and stumbled upon interesting dynamic inventory plugin named vmware_vm_inventory from url https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/plugins/inventory/vmware_vm_inventory.html (for more about pa…

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Using Ansible for Managing VMware vSphere Infrastructure

On this second part article of after How to install Ansible on Linux for vSphere configuration, I have written here 2 Ansible playbook files (play tasks created) to configure VMWare ESXi servers. Language for the ansible playbook files is YAML/YML format. When using Ansible to use on VMware vSph…

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Managing ESXi SSL certificate properties from vCenter server

One of the way to manage esxi certificate properties is using vCenter server, This is good option where you don't have generate a certificate for every indivisual Esxi. You just need to configure valid SSL certificate once on the vCenter VMCA. Improving Esxi security by using vCenter server can ensu…

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How to install Docker on Linux

Docker is a tool designed to make it easier to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers. Containers allow a developer to package up an application with all of the parts it needs, such as libraries and other dependencies, and ship it all out as one package. This is step by step guide …

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Connect-VIServer Error: Invalid server certificate. Use Set-PowerCLIConfiguration

After installation of new version of VMware PowerCli module on one of my deployment at client infrastructure. I tried testing it by using cmdlet connect-viserver to vcenter, which was failing with below error. Reading error carefully on the screen, which was telling me, my vcenter’s SSL certificate…

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Enable Access to the VCSA Bash shell or Appliance Shell

Currently, the vCSA is bundled with below supported shells - BASH Shell & Appliance Shell. The appliance shell can be used to update the VCSA, using the software-packages command and has some other use cases. When you log in for first time by default it shows appliance shell, below is the method to …

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How to replace default vCenter VMCA certificate with Microsoft CA signed certificate

VMCA (VMware Certificate Authority) is a one of the components in PSC (Platform services controller) inbuilt into vCenter server 6.x. VMCA is Certificate Authority and works as same as Microsoft CA certificate. It can issue certificates to VMware components i.e. vCenter, ESXi servers. In my previous…

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Troubleshooting replacing a corrupted certificate on Esxi server

While deploying your own certificate on ESXi server you need to follow certain requirement to create it as shown here, if new generated certificate is not correct as per the standard and if they are replaced overwritten without proper backup, it can cause connection error on ESXi server and you wil…

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How to deploy vCenter server appliance on VMware Workstation

I keep experimenting in my vSphere lab environment, and this time wanted to Install fresh vCenter server appliance from scratch on VMware Workstation, with new version of VMware Workstation deploying OVF (open virtulization format) is very easy, although I already had written article previously D…

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vCenter server appliance 6.5 deployment Error The supplied system is not valid

I was setting up a new VMware vCenter server appliance for a new project. While in the middle of setup of vCenter post deployment configuration I was keep receiving below error as log.

Messages
Error: The supplied system name FQDN is not valid.
Resolution: If the supplied system name is a FQD…

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Replacing a default ESXi certificate with a CA-Signed certificate

Push SSL certificates to client computers using Group Policy

In my earlier article I shown how to Generate new self-signed certificates for ESXi using OpenSSL. Importing this certificate in local certificates store is good for single computer or 2-3 systems, but may be tedious task if you want to maintain it on more than 10 systems, think what happens if the…

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Generate new self-signed certificates for ESXi using OpenSSL

Solved Esxi host disconnected evaluation license expired

In my vmware vSphere homelab, I found my Esxi hosts were showing disconnected in vCenter. I tried connecting esxi host through vmware vSphere web client. But I was getting error notification of reconnect host failure with the message Evaluation mode licenses expired.

Task Name: Reconnect host

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Add a vCenter Single Sign On Identity Source Active Directory (Windows Integrated Authentication)

This is a second part of my article How to join vCenter Server appliance to Active Directory, and here I am configuring Identity source on Single sign on. In my one of the previous article ADDING AND CONFIGURING VMWARE VSPHERE VCENTER SSO ACTIVE DIRECTORY AS LDAP SERVER  I used AD as ldap server…

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How to join vCenter Server appliance to Active Directory

I just finished deploying new VCSA 6.7 in my office for a new project, In this article I am showing procedure to join VCSA to active directory, and wanted to assign permissions to AD accounts but Active directory was not visible in permissions. For the same follow below steps on vCenter web client t…

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