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Howto use vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) as DNS Server

When testing various features in my Homelab I always try to keep things easy. One approach is to keep the number of virtual machines as low as possible. The vCenter Server Appliance can reduce the number of required VMs by running additional mandatory ser ...
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Upload MS Sysprep files to VMware vCSA (VDI Cloud)

After re-installation of my homelab, I decided it was time to use the VMware vCSA instead of the Windows based vCenter Server. Doing some testing on Infinio and , I wanted to install some windows XP machines. After creating a XP template I wanted to use t ...
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Howto Install Additional Software in VCSA 5

The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) becomes an alternative to the Windows-based vCenter more and more. There are several reasons to install additional software in the VCSA. When you want to implement additional services like DNS for your lab, or you want ...
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VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0a released

Appliance Version 5.5.0.5100 Build 1312297 is what was current, right up until Nov 01 2013′s release of 1398493. I don’t really want to download and re-install the appliance though, I’d much rather us the “Check Updates” button over on the VMwar ...
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Troubleshooting the vCenter Server Appliance with Single Sign-On login (2033338)

The two most common network-related problems when connecting to a vSphere Server Appliance using the Web Client and Single Sign-On (SSO) are SSL certificate failure and a changed SSO server IP address. These errors are seen when the problem is encountered ...
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Troubleshooting the vSphere 5.x Web Client service (2011485)

This article provides steps to enable debug logging for the vSphere 5.x Web Client Service on the Windows operating system and for the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (VCSA) for troubleshooting purposes.

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vSphere 5.5 – Using vCenter Server Appliance (Pietro Piutti)

I have been wanting to give the vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) a go in my main lab for quite some time but never got around to it. Well I finally pulled the trigger with the latest 5.5 release. There was however quite a bit of pre-work that I had to do i ...
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Working with the vCenter Server Simulator 5.5 – configuring custom ESXi hosts

William Lam has done some excellent blog posts on using the simulator included with the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance), to setup a simulated vSphere environment. Just the other day at VMworld Europe, he presented a session for vBrownBag entitled “NotSupp ...
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Notes on Upgrading the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 to 5.5

I’ve done a few upgrades of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 5.1 now, to the GA release of 5.5 (build 1312297). Here are my observations:

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Stopping, starting, or restarting vCenter Server Appliance services (2054085)

For troubleshooting and maintenance purposes, it may be necessary to change the status of vCenter Server Appliance services such as VMware VirtualCenter Server or VMware Infrastructure Web Access. This article provides steps to stop, start, or restart vCe ...
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Add Windows Sysprep Files to vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (Pietro Piutti)

In case you are using the vCSA and need to upload sysprep files this should get you going.

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Monitor vCenter Server Appliance database disk usage (2058187)

vCenter Server Appliance with the vPostgres embedded database might run out of disk space for the disk partition.  This might be caused by large or dynamic inventory retention settings.  In most situations, vPostgres disk space is filled by hist ...
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After vCSA update to 5.5: Quick stats on [hostname.domain.local] is not up-to-date

After upgrading my vCenter appliance 5.1 to 5.5 I noticed the following warning message at one of my 5.1 hosts:..

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VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 5.5 deployment tips and tricks

Here are some deployment tips and tricks for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA):..

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Configuring Certificate Authority (CA) signed certificates for vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (2057223)

This article guides you though the configuration of Certificate Authority (CA) certificates for the vCenter Server Appliance 5.5. This process addresses common issues during certificate implementation, including configuration steps and pointers to avoid m ...
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VMware vCenter Appliance 5.5 – Tour (2 VCP's and a Truck)

So you have ESXi up and running. What is next? Get the vCenter appliance running. I downloaded the OVA and imported in just a few minutes.

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vPostgres Database Backup in vCSA 5.5

With the new vSphere 5.5 release, the VMware vCenter Appliance (vCSA) has grown up to be a viable alternative to the traditional Microsoft Windows based vCenter deployment scenario. The new vCSA version supports up to 400 hosts and 4000 virtual machines, ...
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vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 in a homelab, without SSO errors Video 19:44

Does this scenario sound familiar? You install the VMware vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) 5.5 using ‘Deploy OVF Template’, and all seems to go well, quick-and-easy, especially on an SSD datastore. Next, you web your merry way into that initial config ...
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How to Upgrade the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (Francesco Bonetti)

Last night (CET time), vmware has made available for download the binaries of the new vSphere 5.5. With this post I want to describe how to upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance from version 5.0.x or 5.1.x to version 5.5. The new vCenter Server Appliance ...
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