Category Archives: VMware

VSPHERE 6 – vSphere Replication Upgrade

Things are looking good after upgrading vCenter at both of my home labs to version 6.0. The process I followed for this was outlined in my previous post here. However since upgrading vCenter to 6.0, I have lost my ability to monitor and configure my vSphere Replication workflows. Per the VMware product compatibility matrix at… Read More »

VSPHERE 6 – vCenter Upgrade

I had the opportunity last week to take part in a VMware sponsored Social Lab on VSAN 6.1 (HOL 1608). These are essentially instructor led Hand on Labs, with an appointed SME from VMware present to give some back ground material on the subject matter, as well as answer any questions during the lab. I… Read More »

vRealize Log Insight – Upgrade from 2.5 to 3.0.0

Download the 3.0.0 upgrade PAK file: Take a snapshot of your vLogInsight appliance 😉 Log in using admin credentials In the upper right hand corner, click on the 3 horizontal bars and choose “Administration”: In the left column click on “Appliance”: And now we wait: Eventually you will get kicked back to the log in… Read More »

vROps – How to share a custom dashboard

You’ve customized your first dashboard. It’s looking great and now you want to share it out, but how? It’s not as intuitive as you’d think… hence this post J Log in with admin rights Go to Administration -> Dashboards: Click on the dashboard you want to share: Click the down arrow next to the cog… Read More »

vROps – Upgrading vRealize Operations Manager from 6.1 to 6.2

The *day* that I finally got vROps upgraded from 6.0.2 to 6.1 was the exact same day that the 6.2 upgrade came out! VMware has assured me that the process for going from 6.1 to 6.2 will be less painful… Let’s find out! Download the 2 PAK files from VMware: Log into admin portal for… Read More »

vROps – Upgrading vRealize Operations Manager from 6.0.2 to 6.1

Download the OS update and Application update pak files from VMware (read the “read more” section to determine exactly what you need). This was what I needed for our environment: Take a snapshot of all your nodes. Install the OS Update pak file 1st. (This step is very important and must be done before the application update.)… Read More »

NSX – Lab Design

I thought it would be worthwhile to document how my lab is setup for the basis of these NSX blogs.  Here is a quick diagram of how the lab currently looks, it being actually two labs across two locations so that I can test the various VPN and other cross site functionalities in the product.… Read More »

NSX – Edge Services – IPsec VPN

I have been a big fan of OpenSSL on the Linux platform, and have used it for many years to set up encrypted site-to-site VPN connections between locations. This usually entails me settings up a CentOS server at each location, dropping the latest rev of OpenSSL on each, and setting up the connections via hub… Read More »

NSX – Upgrade Process – 6.1.4 -> 6.2.0

In this post, I will be covering the process of upgrading NSX 6.1.4 to the newly released version 6.2.0. The lab requiring the update is running vCenter 5.5 Build 2442329, with two ESXi hosts running 5.5 U2 Build 2638301. Most of the really cool improvements I saw at VMworld 2015 surrounding version 6.2 (cross site… Read More »

Safely Change a Windows VM from LSI to Paravirtual (PVSCSI)

Since vSphere 4.1 VMware has stated that for high Storage I/O VMs you should be using the Paravirtual (PVSCSI) controller, there are several deep dives into this topic so I won’t re-cover them here. LSI is used by default in Windows installs so unless you install the drivers using the floppy disk at the initial Windows… Read More »