HOW TO: Configure syslog server for VMware NSX for vSphere Controllers using REST API

After installing Management Pack for NSX for VMware vRealize Operations Manager, I got a warning that “There is no syslog server configured on the NSX Controller”

The only “supported” method of configuring syslog server for VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x Controllers is using the REST API.

Before you begin configuring the Syslog service using […]

VMware vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) upgrade runs out of disk space and fails

VMware: vCenter 5.5 Update 2d in Linked Mode OS: Windows Server 2012 R2 vCenter SSO: Multisite deployment VMware vCenter 5.5 Update 2e: Release Notes & Installation and Upgrade Issues

I tried to upgrade VMware vCenter 5.5 from Update 2d to Update 2e. The Linked Mode was unconfigured prior to upgrade.

All services were running OK […]

Configuring Syslog on VMware vSphere ESXi host fails with 'Got no data from process' error

I installed VMware vRealize Log Insight and configured all ESXi hosts to send logs to it. Automatic configuration failed and Log Insight suggested to configure Syslog service manually.

Here are a couple of VMware Knowledge Base articles that will help you:

Configuring syslog on ESXi 5.x and 6.0 (2003322) Incorrect Syslog configuration in the /etc/vmsyslog.conf […]

VMware PowerCLI script to get VM's virtual and RDM disk information

I have been tasked to migrate several VMs with RDM disks between storage arrays / datastores. The data LUNs have been migrated/copied and all was left is the migration of the VM configuration files and RDM pointers. To make matter even worse, VMs in question were Oracle RAC clustered VMs therefore is was imperative to […]

Cannot fetch NSX Controllers after NSX Manager upgrade

I am upgrading NSX Manager from 6.1.4 to 6.2 in the environment with two vCenters configured in Linked Mode.

When NSX Manager was upgraded in one of them and vCenter Web Client service restarted, I logged back to the Web Client to proceed with the upgrade. Both NSX Managers were visible and correct versions were […]

VMware ESXi 5.5/6 installation on Cisco FlexFlash drive fails with “Can’t have a a partition outside the disk!” error

I’m trying to install VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 on Cisco UCS C220 M3 server. The local storage is Cisco Flexible Flash (FlexFlash) internal 32GB SD Card.

I repartitioned the whole SD card as one HV (Hypervisor) bootable 29GB partition:

Please refer to ‘Cisco FlexFlash: Use and Manage Cisco Flexible Flash Internal SD Card […]

HOW TO: Configure Cisco UCS power management for VMware DPM

Login to Cisco UCS Manager Configure Service Profile Management IP address Servers – Service Profile – Actions – Change Management IP address Change/Create IPMI user Servers – Policies – IPMI Access Policies IPMI over LAN – Enable Create IPMI user. The user name is CaseSENSITIVE! Check the policy is associated to the Service Profile […]

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware vSphere Replication Appliance

You upgrade the vSphere Replication appliance and any additional vSphere Replication servers by using a downloaded ISO image. The downloadable ISO image is the only means of upgrading from vSphere Replication 5.5.x or 5.6 to vSphere Replication 5.8. You cannot use vSphere Update Manager or the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI) of the vSphere […]

VCE Vision vCenter Plug-In upgrade for vCenters in Linked Mode

VCE Vision 2.x has one-to-one relationship with Vblock / vCenter ie if you have two Vblocks / vCenters, you need to install two VCE Vision appliances and link them to the appropriate vCenter.

In my environment I have two Vblocks and their vCenters are configured in Linked Mode for ease of management.

I recently upgraded […]

HOW TO: Upgrade EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance:

is installed separately from the EMC PowerPath/VE for VMware vSphere multipathing product provides a simplified RTOOLS deployment provides enhanced license management provides REST API to retrieve content from PowerPath

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 has been released:

PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 Release Notes PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 Installation and Configuration Guide […]