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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…

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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…

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vSphere AutoDeploy Fails – License Error

vSphere AutoDeploy Fails – License Error

If you have a valid license assigned to your Datacenter using Bulk Licensing and yet when you boot a blade using AutoDeploy you get an error “License not Available to perform the operation. The Evaluation Mode license assigned to Host machine.sub.domain.com has expired” boot your servers into the BIOS and set the clock to the right time. Trust me… just do it… Coming Soon – New post on configuring AutoDeploy complete with custom driver install and host profiles. Also a…

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Creating Windows Event Log Events

Creating Windows Event Log Events

We use VMware vCenter Configuration Manager at our site to monitor our Windows servers for signs of future problems by searching the Windows Event Logs for a predefined list of events. Every once in a while (especially after a while without alerts) you want to test and make sure that everything is indeed being monitored properly. To do this I needed to inject an event into the Event Log and see if we received an alert in VCM. The question…

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Collecting from ESX/ESXi with VMware vCM 5.4

Collecting from ESX/ESXi with VMware vCM 5.4

If you have VMware vCM (Configuresoft ECM, EMC Ionix SCM) and want to collect from ESX/ESXi you have to create a local user on the ESXi host and give that user Administrator permissions. That can be quite a daunting task if you have more than a handful of machines so I wrote the below powershell program that allows interactive use or automated use with a .CSV file. —Start ScriptFunction NextUser { if ($newUser) { Write-host “Do you want to specify…

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