Category Archives: VMware

How to get your free* AWS account & spin up your first VM

By | May 6, 2016

I’m currently playing around with AWS. I’m watching the really good Pluralsight video series from Elias Khnaser on it. In it he walks you through the process of signing up for the free account (asterisks on free because depending on what you choose you CAN get charged and sometimes it’s not clear what the free… Read More »

VSPHERE 6 – vRealize Orchestrator Upgrade

By | April 13, 2016

The last in this series of posts surrounding the lab upgrade to vSphere 6.0 will be for vRealize Orchestrator. This component disappeared from view in my web client following the upgrade to vCenter Server 6.0u1, which was expected from prior inspection of the compatibility matrix at We are going to need to get this… Read More »

vSphere 5.5 Storage Policies

By | March 27, 2016

A big push of VMware in the past couple of years has been policy based EVERYTHING. With the move towards automating every aspect of the implementation process, from storage to compute to networking, it seems that object metadata (tags) and policy associations are going to continue to play a bigger role in every tool set… Read More »

VSPHERE 6 – ESXi Upgrade

By | March 27, 2016

At this point in my home lab, I have got vCenter, Update Manager, and vSphere Replication all upgraded to vSphere 6. Finally, it’s time for the upgrade of ESXi! Having the hosts up to 6.0u1 is necessary for all of the really cool things that are part of vSphere 6, including vSAN 6.1 and the… Read More »

VSPHERE 6 – vSphere Replication Upgrade

By | March 27, 2016

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

By | March 27, 2016

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

By | February 21, 2016

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

By | July 27, 2016

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

By | November 26, 2016

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

By | November 26, 2016

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 »