Importing the Dukes Bank sample application blueprint – Introduction to vRealize CloudClient

Importing the Dukes Bank sample application blueprint – Introduction to vRealize CloudClient

Have you just installed the vRealize Automation in your lab and do not know how to start the journey with services? The Dukes Bank for vSphere application might be a perfect start for you! But what is that mystery Dukes Bank application ? It is not widely known that there are let’s say “embedded” samples of multi-tiered vRealize Automation blueprints  that includes multiple machine components with networking and software components. The reason that it is not known by many is…

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VMware Virtual SAN 6.6 what’s new

VMware Virtual SAN 6.6 what’s new

vSAN 6.6 it’s 6th generation of the product and there are more than 20+ new features and enhancements in this release, such as: Native encryption for data-at-rest Compliance certifications Resilient management independent of vCenter Degraded Disk Handling v2.0 (DDHv2) Smart repairs and enhanced rebalancing Intelligent rebuilds using partial repairs Certified file service & data protection solutions Stretched clusters with local failure protection Site affinity for stretched clusters 1-click witness change for Stretched Cluster vSAN Management Pack for vRealize Enhanced vSAN…

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vCenter 6.5 DSN permissions

vCenter 6.5 DSN permissions

Recently we had some strange problems with our 6.5 lab vCenter (Windows version with MSSQL Server db), which frequently crashed. After some digging in vpxd logs it seem to be related to vc db permissions: “17-05-28T19:36:53.443+02:00 error vpxd[05420] [Originator@6876 sub=Default] [VdbStatement] SQLError was thrown: “ODBC error: (42000) – [Micrsoft][SQL Server Native Client 11.0][SQL Server]VIEW SERVER STATE permission was denied on object ‘server’, database ‘master’.” is returned when executing SQL statement “SELECT  DB_NAME(mf.DATABASE_ID) Db_Name,            CASE mf.FILE_ID…

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vCenter Appliance 6.0 U3 email notifications are not sent when multiple email addresses are defined in an alarm action

vCenter Appliance 6.0 U3 email notifications are not sent when multiple email addresses are defined in an alarm action

Recently I tried to configure email notifications on my lab vCenter Server Appliance (6.0u3), but  experience issue:  “Diagnostic-Code: SMTP;550 5.7.60 SMTP; Client does not have permissions to send as this sender” I tried to use solution from kb: https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2075153 but apparently, the solution does not work with latest 6.0.x appliance! After some research and digging deeper (header analysis ), it seems that root cause was invalid return path in the email header. To resolve this you need to edit two…

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Esxi Net.ReversePathFwdCheckPromisc Advanced setting

Esxi Net.ReversePathFwdCheckPromisc Advanced setting

During deployment of Cisco proxy appliance, we discovered a problem. According to cisco to resolve this problem “Net.ReversePathFwdCheckPromisc” should be set to “1” on ESX’s. The question is – do you know any negative effects which such change could cause. We believe that there must be a reason why by default this option is set to 0 ? That’s why I decided to figure our what it is used for. After some research I was able to find answer: Setting…

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SAP application on vSphere platform

SAP application on vSphere platform

This is a mini article to start our Q&A set, a set of not easy to find answer real life questions 😉  Recently I received a question-related to advanced settings SAP app on vSphere platform: “One of our customer ask us to set the following option to their virtual system: Misc.GuestLibAllowHostInfo This is according to SAP note: 1606643 where SAP requires reconfigure virtual system default configuration. I can’t find details information, which host data would be exposed to virtual system….

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vRealize Automation 7 Installation – minimal deployment

vRealize Automation 7 Installation – minimal deployment

Ones might find it quite difficult to installa new product for the first time. Even though they installed previous version in the past (or particularly because of that!) That’s due to changes in requirements or event different structures of wizard form which requires information in different format. E.g domain administator accound in one version is required in administrator@domain.local format whils in other installation it accepts only domain\administrator format. Thanks to that I’m going to provide the list of basic steps…

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Howto – Using Gmail as an Email server in vRalize Automation

Howto – Using Gmail as an Email server in vRalize Automation

Sometimes it is not possible to use corporation e-mail or deploy dedicated e-mail server expecially when it comes to a lab environment (and you are a little bit lazy like me to do it ;)). A workaround which I found is to configure my personal/fictional accounts profided by Gmail. It is more than enough in case you just want to see how notification or approval workflows work. It might not be enough if you want to deploy a little big…

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ESXi and Likewise – troubleshooting guide – part 2

ESXi and Likewise – troubleshooting guide – part 2

In last part of this small series, we discussed theoretical background about components and technology related for adding ESX host to windows AD environment. Now it is time to describe troubleshooting options and some real life problems with solutions. Let’s start from dividing all ESXi/Likewise issues into categories: Domain Join Failures Here are most often reasons that an attempt to join a domain fails: The user name or password of the account used to join the domain is incorrect. The…

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ESXi and Likewise – troubleshooting guide – part 1

ESXi and Likewise – troubleshooting guide – part 1

Last week I had to troubleshoot strange issue related to Active Directory integration with ESXI (6.0 version), this was motivation to prepare small (two articles) series about ESXi / Likewise integration and troubleshooting based on my latest experience. VMware use Powerbroker Identity Services (Formerly known as Likewise) for adding ESX host to windows AD environment. To begin as usual is good to have some theoretical background about related components and technology and we describe it all in this part. Below…

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