Browsed by
Month: September 2012

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager–Auditing and Changing Local Accounts

VMware vCenter Configuration Manager–Auditing and Changing Local Accounts

One of the many useful features of VMware vCM is that you can audit local accounts for security risks and then through various actions remediate those risks. In this example I have discovered on my Windows machines that I have a single admin account that does not have the “Password Required” attribute set and want to disable the account. To get to this point I have collected “Accounts” data against my Windows machines. Next I navigate to Security > Local…

Read More Read More

My Personal Quick Start Guide to Installing VMware vCM Prereqs

My Personal Quick Start Guide to Installing VMware vCM Prereqs

The complete and supported install guide for installing VMware vCenter Configuration Manager is located here but sometimes you just want a quick and simple install guide that covers most scenarios in a simple Single Tier install. At least I do for lab testing so here’s my quick version of the install guide. Be aware that it has been slimmed down by me for use in a test environment.  If you are installing in a production environment please ignore this and…

Read More Read More

Configuring IP Pools and Installing VMware vCenter Operations Manager in the nextGen Web Client

Configuring IP Pools and Installing VMware vCenter Operations Manager in the nextGen Web Client

If you have ever used vCenter Operations Manager with the non-web client you are used to having to create a new IP Pool before the vAPP will deploy. This was kind of a pain and apparently now using the NextGen Web client you don’t need to do that any more. The warning message is still in the vAPP but you can just ignore it because what happens behind the scenes is the Web Client will automatically create the IP Pool…

Read More Read More

Troubleshooting ESXi AutoDeploy

Troubleshooting ESXi AutoDeploy

As you start to use ESXi AutoDeploy more you will run into occasions where you want to look behind the scenes and see what is going on. There are a couple ways to do so: 1. In vCenter click on the “Auto Deploy” button under Administration and hit “Download AutoDeploy Log Files”. This will give you a ZIP file of the logs on the AutoDeploy Server and provides lots of information on what is going on or what might be…

Read More Read More

ESXi AutoDeploy–HP G7 Servers Hang on Boot

ESXi AutoDeploy–HP G7 Servers Hang on Boot

When I was first starting to use AutoDeploy I ran into an issue where my blades would start to load ESX and then hang just like the screen below shows. Inspection of the logs turned up very little data, including no errors. It was just like the server ceased to exist. Turns out if you go to HP’s site and download the new OneConnect Flash 4.1.450.7 and update the firmware on your Emulex NICs that will fix the issue. Also,…

Read More Read More

ESXi AutoDeploy Fails–No Image Profile Assigned

ESXi AutoDeploy Fails–No Image Profile Assigned

  I was migrating blades today that initially had ESXi 5.0 installed to the local disk and wanted them to be installed via AutoDeploy and found an interesting issue. Upon rebooting the blades and changing the boot order I got a very interested error: Upon further inspection I verified that the Deployment Rule was correct and that it was a member of a valid and active RuleSet and yet the blade would not boot via AutoDeploy. It kept telling me…

Read More Read More

Using ESXi Autodeploy

Using ESXi Autodeploy

I’m new to the ESXi Autodeploy bandwagon but I’ve got to say after using it for the first time I’m sold. If you are interested in what Autodeploy is a quick summary is that it allows you to dynamically install ESXi via PXE on servers and add them to your vSphere Infrastructure in an intelligent manner, all automatically. For this real life example I have 2 Clusters of 7 HP BL490c G7 Blades that I need to dynamically provision with…

Read More Read More