Today marks the release of vSphere 6.5 and with that, a new vCenter Server Appliance that is worth paying attention to. Beyond the traditional boost of configuration maximums and security, this version comes loaded with features that have been requested over the past few years. Some highlights include: Built-in migration tool to go from vCenter … Continue reading How To: Upgrade vCSA 6.0 to vCSA 6.5
Photo credit: @_stump There a lot of abbreviations in this title so I will give a very brief rundown on what it all means and why some of you should care. In the public sector, our systems are hardened (locked down) a bit more drastically than your traditional private company might do things. Simply deploying … Continue reading DISA Approves STIGs for VMware NSX on DoD Networks
Today was the first day of VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas and within the first of two General Sessions at the conference, VMware announced a new product dubbed Cloud Foundation. Cloud Foundation is a full stack integrated solution that will allow for seamless transition of your enterprise to utilize private and public clouds all in … Continue reading VMware Cloud Foundation – At a glance
Quick post about an awesome, new VMware Fling that was released somewhat recently. I'm a little late to the party but I haven't needed to deploy a new host since its release until today. If you haven't heard, VMware Flings are small applications built by the VMware engineers that aren't officially supported immediately but can … Continue reading vSphere Thick Client? I don’t need no stinkin’ thick client!
Quick post here on updating your vCSA 6.0 in what I believe to be the fastest way to update your vCSA installation. The VAMI that comes with vCSA is a great little tool but I find it to be hit or miss at times so I wanted to find a more reliable and visible way … Continue reading Upgrading vCSA 6.0 to 6.0U1 without VAMI
It is the week following VMworld 2015 so that marks my annual homelab wipe. I normally do this after every VMworld due to the renewed urge to test out all the new tricks I learned over the course of the week. In doing this, I decided to dunk the new vCSA6 web installer in lieu … Continue reading vCSA 6.0 CLI Install
Recently deployed a new syslog server and needed a script to update the ~20+ ESXi hosts as fast as possible. This is pretty cut and dry in terms of what happens... prompts for vCenter and Syslog addresses, then it updates the Syslog Server field on each host associated with that vCenter as well as allowing … Continue reading Quick Script: Syslog Server Updater
Earlier this week, I ran into an issue in a new environment that I had just deployed. The vCloud stack was installed as vCAC 6.1 Appliance, external vCO, and vCAC IaaS VM running on Windows Server 2012R2. In this post, we'll run through setting up a CentOS VM with the vCAC guest agent in order … Continue reading vCAC and Linux Guest Agent How-To and Gotchas
Better late than never, yea? Quick Saturday post, here is how to get your host up to date real quick via SSH, generate new certs, and change the root password. Better safe than sorry, friends. Note: This is only for ESXi 5.5 Update 1! If you are not running 5.5u1, replace ESXi-5.5.0-20140404001-standard with ESXi-5.5.0-20140401020s-standard. This … Continue reading The heavens parted and then… ESXi Heartbleed patch!
One of the most important things in any environment is the syslog server. A centralized host to keep all the debug, runtime, and access information to be sent to your Kibana/Logstash or Splunk implementations will make any sysadmins life easier. The walk-through below sets up a central server running rsyslog, accepting logs on 514 from … Continue reading Centralized rsyslog with ESXi 5.x hosts