VMware Auto Deploy Configuration in vSphere 6.5

VMware Auto Deploy Configuration in vSphere 6.5

      The architecture of auto deploy has changed in vSphere 6.5, one of the main difference is the ImageBuilder build in vCenter and the fact that you can create image profiles through the GUI instead of PowerCLI. That is really good news for those how is not keen on PowerCLI. But let’s go throgh the new configuration process of Auto Deploy. Below I gathered all the necessary steps to configure Auto Deploy in your environment. Enable Auto Deploy…

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VMware Auto Deploy considerations

VMware Auto Deploy considerations

According to VMware definitione vSphere Auto Deploy can provision hundreds of physical hosts with ESXi software. You can specify the image to deploy and the hosts to provision with the image. Optionally, you can specify host profiles to apply to the hosts, a vCenter Server location (datacenter, folder or cluster), and assign a script bundle for each host. In short that is the tool to automate your ESXi deployment or upgrade. As far as I know in particular on the Polish…

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VM Consolidation – Survival Guide

VM Consolidation – Survival Guide

Survival guide for any vm snaphost consolidation problems all in one place : Note! Make sure any backup software is turned off or that all jobs are stopped. A reboot of the backup server is required to clear any potential residual locks. Restart vc service – https://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003895 Restart the management agents on the ESXi cluster where problematic vms are working #services.sh restart   – https://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003490, or manually verify to determine “who” is holding the lock 3. Use vmfstools (-D) command against vm…

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VCP Datacenter 6.5 Beta

VCP Datacenter 6.5 Beta

VMware announced the VCP Datacenter beta exam updated according to new features in vSphere 6.5. It is expecially valuable for those who need to recertify or who do not have a valid VCP certification. People who already have active VCP6-DCV exam, passing this beta exam will not give any big reward, while even the title is the same. So there won’t be VCP6.5-DCV or so, it’s still VCP6-DCV Certification. Anyway, as others VMware beta exam it costs only 50$, so…

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Adding a sound card to ESXi hosted VM

Adding a sound card to ESXi hosted VM

Sound Card in vSphere Virtual Machine is an unsupported configuration. This is feature dedicated to Virtual Machines created in VMware Workstation. However, you can still add HD Audio device to vSphere Virtual Machine by manually editing .vmx file. I have tested it in our lab environment and it works just fine. Below  procedure how to do this: 1. Verify storage where VM with no soundcard reside Login with root to the ESXi host where VM reside using SSH. 3. Navigate…

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Log insight – central syslog with added value

Log insight – central syslog with added value

VMware Log Insight is still one of the VMware’s products which are not widely known and used (especially in Poland). In the past Log Insight was included in vRealize Operations, nowadays it is a separate product which is available in two licensing models. The first one is per operating system image (OSI) with one flat rate for collecting logs from any server, virtual machine or hypervisor. The second model is per CPU, for one flat rate fee for collecting all…

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VirtualVillage’s Lab environment

VirtualVillage’s Lab environment

We have received a few questions about our lab which is rather extraordinary 🙂 Some of you wanted us to publish a picture of it. Unfortunatelly, I’ve got only the old one (nowadays cables are better organised so it looks far more better). I’m sorry for the quality of the picture as well. Anyway, at this moment we are in implementation phase – the management cluster is going to be expanded to four host cluster. We are planning to implement…

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VMware VCP7-CMA exam

VMware VCP7-CMA exam

A few months ago in this post I wrote about a new VMware exam which wasn’t listed in the official exam list in these days. Nevertheless, that was time when I almost finished my lab deployment of vRA and taking into account that the exams in beta phase costs only 50 $, I decided to try myself. I scheduled the exam at 5 september during at the beginning of my holiday. The exam consisted 180 questions! There was 240 minutes for that…

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vCenter Server content library

vCenter Server content library

Content Library was introduced in vSphere 6.0 as a way to centrally store and manage VM templates, ISOs, and even scripts. Content Library operates with a Publisher/Subscriber model where multiple vCenter Servers can subscribe to another vCenter Server’s published Content Library so that the data stored within that Content Library is replicated across for local usage. For example, if there are two data centers each with their own vCenter Server a customer could create a Content Library to store their…

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We wish you all who read our modest blog Merry Christmas! The year coming to the end so and it is the best time to spend some time with family, take a rest and have a sensational New Year party. We wish you a healthy life and remarkable achivements in the 2017. Pawel & Daniel