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vSphere Installation and Configuration Resources

vSphere Upgrade Saga: Fixing issues via vCLI

After my upgrade to vCenter 5.5, there were still a few things that needed to be tweaked to fully upgrade my environment. I was in a working state, but now I needed to plug in all the bells and whistles I normally use, such as Host Profiles, VIN, and HP I ...
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Howto install Ruby vSphere Console (RVC) on vMA 5.x

With the release of vSphere 5.5, VMware supports a new command line utility: Ruby vSphere Console (RVC). RVC is a Ruby based interactive object oriented command line utility. It was initially released as a Fling some years ago. RVC has support for both, t ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 18: VUM SSL & Misc. Config.

So now that vCenter 5.5 with VUM is installed, we need to configure a trusted vCenter update manager SSL certificate and then do a few VUM configuration tweaks. These tweaks include configuring HP and Dell repos, plus configuring basic VUM compliance scan ...
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Installing the Home Lab – VMware Certificates – Part One

The following post, the first in series of posts, details the installation and configuration of a Windows 2012R2 Enterprise CA to be used with a VMware Infrastructure Home Lab. It is assumed at this stage that you have a single host installed and are run ...
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Upgrade to vSphere 5.5? Take care about your backup software! (running-system.com)

Everybody is talking about vSphere 5.5 and some people have already upgraded their environments. However, please do not forget to take care about software compatibility despite all your joy. Before performing an upgrade, doublecheck the documentation (Be ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 16: vCenter SSL

Now that vCenter is fully installed, now it’s time to replace the self-signed certificate for the vCenter service and Orchestrator. Since we’ve already replaced the other certificates (SSO, Inventory, etc.) this process is a piece of cake. If you haven’t ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 15: Install vCenter

The previous 14 installments have all been leading up to this, installing vCenter. Yes, we are finally here. In this post we install vCenter, the windows vSphere client, fix profile driven storage, and configure vCenter to support a clustered SQL database ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 14: Create Databases

We are just one post away from installing the actual vCenter service! Now that the rest of the infrastructure is ready, we need to create a service account, databases and DSNs. After all of these steps are completed we can rejoice and very shortly have a ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 13: Install Inventory Svc

The vCenter inventory service has two primary purposes in life. First, it’s a cache of objects which the web client accesses. This cache enables the offloading of retrieving objects from the vCenter core service (vpxd). This can also lessen the load on yo ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 12: Configure SSO

Now that the SSO service and web client are installed, it’s time to do a little SSO configuration. In this installment we will configure the SSO STS certificate chain, add an Active Directory identity and source, and delegate SSO administrative rights to ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 11: Install Web Client

The web client is the new and strongly preferred mechanism to manage your vSphere environment. In fact, the Windows VI client now comes up with a big warning that it’s going the way of the dodo bird when you launch it. I suspect in vSphere 6.0 the Windows ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 10: Replace SSO Certs

Just like replacing a hip joint, replacing vCenter SSO SSL certificates can induce some pain, is a bit complex, and the outcome can be questionable. The replacement process in SSO 5.5 is pretty much like that in 5.1, but now we have the VMware certificate ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 8: Online SSL Minting

In the last installment of the vSphere 5.5 series we installed the SSO service. Now that the Java JRE is installed (via the SSO installer), we have the tools ready to create our vCenter SSL certificates via an online Microsoft CA. If you don’t have a ...
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Installing vSphere 5.5 tips and tricks pt 1

I’ll add additional posts as I run into new things, here are my notes so far. If you’re using Windows 2008 R2 U1 install the “feature” .NET 3.5.1 before you do anything else or you won’t be able to add it later – and it’s needed for the fat/C# vSphere cl ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 7: Install SSO

Yes, seven parts into this series we can finally mount our handy dandy vCenter 5.5 ISO and start installing software. Hopefully I haven’t lost anyone along the way with all of the background and SSL information. But with the complexities in vCen ...
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vSphere 5.5 Web Client Workflows – SSO Configuration (blog.shiplett.org)

With vSphere 5.5, the vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) component was completely rewritten from the ground up. As you’d expect with such a re-write, the configuration is slightly different than in vSphere 5.1. 1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client as administra ...
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vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 6: Certificate Template

Now that you understand what type of SSL certificates you need and how many vCenter 5.5 requires, we need to create a Certificate Authority template that will mint proper certificates. You may very well be able to get away with the Microsoft “Web ser ...
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