Cannot open vRealize Automation console after IP address change

Once you change the IP of the vRealise Automation Appliance you may observe an issue where although you can reach the VCAC splash page i.e. https://<hostname>/ you may not be able to reach the vRealize Automation console i.e. https://<hostname>/vcac

On the VCAC appliance:

Ssh to the appliance and modify the /etc/hosts file to reflect the […]

EMC World 2015: Exam discounts and special offers

EMC World 2015 returns to The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV on May 4-7.


There are special offers and discount available to those who will be taking exams at the EMC World:

EMC Customers and Partners

Take an EMC Proven Professional exam ($200 value) for free. This exclusive offer can be applied toward your […]

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware vCenter Operations Manager

In my “The Diary of a Keen Upgrader” post I already mentioned the steps required to upgrade vCenter Operations Manager. I have another environment where vCOPs upgrade was required and I thought I should document it.

The procedure consists of two steps (here):

Upgrade vCenter Operations Manager vApp; Upgrade the OS to SUSE Linux Enterprise […]

HOW TO: Use VMware vCenter Update Manager to Upgrade VMware ESXi hosts

I recently upgraded VMware environment from vSphere 5.0 to vSphere 5.5 and thought I should document the host upgrade process.

For detailed instructions please refer to the “Upgrading and Migrating Your Hosts” topic of the vSphere Upgrade Guide.

Connect the vSphere Client to a vCenter Server with which Update Manager is registered; Open Update Manager, […]

The Diary of a Keen Upgrader

Today I am wearing my “Keen Upgrader” hat!

I have been upgrading my lab environment and got stuck with VMware vCenter Operations Manager upgrade. The procedure is quite straight forward and is well documented.

The procedure consists of two steps (see here):

Upgrade vCenter Operations Manager vApp; Upgrade the OS to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server […]

HOW TO: Remove unwanted plug-ins from VMware vCenter Server

When using third-party management products for vCenter Server, these plug-ins appear in the Available Plug-ins list. Some of these products may not have an uninstaller to remove the entry under Available Plug-ins or have been deleted/uninstalled before the plug-in was unregistered from vCenter.

For example, we ran a PoC for vFabric Data Director in the […]

VMware vCenter Support Assistant Appliance: Cannot connect to the lookup service at the specified URL.

VMware vCenter Support Assistant Appliance installation step 1 – Configure “Lookup Service address” failed with the error message: “Cannot connect to the lookup service at the specified URL. Check if the URL is correct”.

I tested the URL and DNS configuration on the VA – all OK. Tried the FQDN of the vCenter […]

PowerCLI: Average CPU, Memory, Network and Disk usage

This simple PowerShell/PowerCLI script calculates the average CPU, Memory, Network and Disk usage for powered on virtual machines over the last 30 days, 5 minutes interval.

Amend ‘AddDays(-N)‘ and ‘-IntervalMins 5‘ if needed.

Get-VM | Where {$_.PowerState -eq "PoweredOn"} | Select Name, Host, NumCpu, MemoryMB, ` @{N="CPU Usage (Average), Mhz" ; E={[Math]::Round((($_ | Get-Stat -Stat […]

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware vCloud Networking and Security / vShield Manager, vShield Endpoint, vShield App, vShield Edge

In this guide I will take you through the vCloud Networking and Security / vShield Manager and components upgrade to version This release addresses Shellshock vulnerability (VMware KB 2091218).

Before you proceed with the upgrade, please confirm the new version is compatible with the existing VMware and other security products in your environment (Trend […]

VMware vCloud Connector 2.6.1 – copy wizard validates vCC Node staging area size

I recently upgraded VMware vCloud Connector from version 2.6.0 to 2.6.1 (check out THIS POST for details) and noticed a cool new feature!

In the previous versions, including v 2.6.0, the pre copy validation did not check the size of the vCC Node staging area – the local disk storage used for the OVF export […]