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Ansible Deploy a VMware vSphere Virtual Machine from a Template

One of my teammates from another project had a requirement of deploying a clone VMware Virtual Machine from a template using Ansible. In the last hour additional requirements they wanted to process clones of multiple VMs with different types of operating system such as Linux and Microsoft Windows.…

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VMware vSphere vCenter replace machine SSL certificate with custom CA signed certificates

There is a best security practice to implement authorized SSL Certificates on VMware infrastructure. Here I am installing certificates on the vSphere vCenter server. By default VMCA (VMware Certificate Authority) signed certificate is installed on the vCenter server. Which you can see under vSphere …

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VMware vCenter Esxi Add a Trusted Root Certificate to the Certificate Store

In this article I will add the Trusted Root certificate in vCenter Certificate store. Basically this will help to use your Certificate Authority root chain certificate (CA server) or third party certificates in your VMware vSphere infrastructure, If you are intending to use a trusted root certificat…

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Terraform VMware vSphere Virtual Machine customization clone failed on Windows

While doing project on Terraform with VMware vSphere: Terraform module clone VMware vSphere Linux and Windows virtual machine, I was receiving below error while deployment. VM was getting deployed but VM customization was running into error and failing.

Error: 
│ Virtual machine customiza…

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Using terraform to clone a virtual machine on VMware vSphere infrastructure

This is a example script to clone and deploy multiple Linux vCenter Virtual Machines on VMware vSphere vCenter server infrastructure using hashicorp terraform scripts. In my VMware infrastructure I already have configured virtual datacenter, cluster, network and datastore. There is Linux VM template…

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Configure, Manage and Assign License Settings for VMware vCenter Server and ESXi

After deploying new VMware vSphere 8.0 products, I was seeing MANAGE YOUR LICENSES (There are expired or expiring licenses in your inventory) warning on the vCenter vSphere Client ui portal top bar. This article focuses on assigning licenses to vCenter server or ESXi host.

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How to Install & Deploy vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 8.0

vCenter Server is the unified management service for VMware, and is used to handle virtual machines, multiple ESXi hosts, and all dependent elements from a single centralized location. As a base I have already deployed my ESXi server in the lab with VMware ESXi 8.0 step by step Installation guide w…

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Create List or Remove VMware VM Snapshots with PowerCLi

This is very handy and useful PowerCLI script, when I do my labs or production deployment changes on VMware environment. Whenever I have multiple servers to make changes and wants to ensure no problem should occur after changes, I take temporary VMware snapshots. But working with snapshot manually i…

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VMware.PowerCLI install update error - Install-Package: Authenticode issuer

I had a project to automate and upgrade VMware infrastructure. I had given few of the basic tasks to my fellow juniors to update VMware.PowerCLI modules on few servers and run script on the systems. But while upgrading VMware PowerCLI they were receiving below errors. 

PackageManagement\In…

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How to Install vCenter server appliance on ESXi host

In this article I will be installing fresh VMware vCenter server appliance vcsa on esxi server. First step is to download vCenter server 7.0 vcsa ISO file from customerconnect.vmware.com or my.vmware.com website. You need to have access to the VMware site to download ISO. Search for VCSA and go to…

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VMware vCenter server vcsa Setting IP IPv6 configuration failed, IP configuration not allowed

This issue you might have faced at least once while reconfiguring VMware vCenter server VCSA ip configuration. It does not allow to change the IP configuration in (F2) Customize System. Here I am on the vCenter Appliance console and I wanted to change few IP configuration.

Vmware Vsphere esxi vcenter vcsa vmware vcenter server embedded platform services controller appliance customize ip change failed.png

After changing an…

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How to reset vCenter Server SSO administrator@vsphere.local password

Whenever I get a already configured VMware vSphere projects handover to optimization and modernization, Sometimes I received infrastructure vCenter server with forgotten passwords either root or administrator@vsphere.local. In my earlier blog I have already shows a procedure to Resetting root pass…

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vCenter Server Public Key Authentication configuration SSH error received disconnect Too many authentication failures

This article is a second part of vCenter Server SSH received disconnect Too many authentication failures. In ther earlier article I resolved error without touching or configuring the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance Server) to skip public key authentication. In this article I will configure VCSA serv…

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vCenter Server SSH received disconnect Too many authentication failures

While connecting to vCenter Server Appliance with ssh command I was facing error Too many authentication failures disconnect. I checked ssh settings on the VCSA photon os from VM console but didnt find any issue. 

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Resetting root password in VMware vCenter Server Appliance

Recently I came accross vCenter server in my infrastructure where root password was not working. So I thought of resetting forgotten root password. Before starting reset process make sure to take the snapshot of  vcsa (VMware vCenter server appliance) virtual machine. This way it be can ensured ther…

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VMware PowerCLI Connect-VIserver Could not connect using the requested protocol

While working on one of the client systems, I freshly installed PowerCLI module and while connecting to VMware vCenter server I was receiving below error.

Another Error: VMware PowerCLI The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication Required

Connect-VIServer :  6/05/2021 3:…

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VMware vCenter Server 7 Profiles with PowerShell

There is new feature introduced with VMware vSphere 7.0 and it is completely different from the ESXi host profiles. vCenter Server 7 Profiles feature allows you to list profiles, export vCenter server configuration from one vCenter server and then import and validate on another destination vCenter S…

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VMware vCenter server backup error Path not exported by the remote filesystem

Check article for more details on: ​Backup VMware vCenter server using SMB protocol

While testing and working on creating backup schedule on VMware vCenter server appliance vami portal (Port 5480), I was receiving below error, whenever I was pressing Create button. Input which I typed Backup…

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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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