VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.4

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In this post we will discuss the last objective in the first section which is to perform advanced virtual machine configurations here are the objectives from the blueprint: Tune Virtual Machine disk controller configurations according to a deployment plan Configure .vmx file for advanced configuration scenarios Configure a virtual machine for Hot Add features Upgrade virtual machine hardware and VMware Tools Troubleshoot virtual machine deployment issues Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA One Virtual machine  Documents used: vSphere Virtual machine Administration vSphere troubleshooting guide Tune Virtual Machine disk controller configurations according to a deployment plan: Virtual machine uses storage controllers to acccess virtual disks , CD/DVD-ROM and SCSi devices, there are several's storage controllers: Bus Logic Parallel LSI…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.2 – part 2

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In this post we will continue to discuss VMware core management infrastructure components. here are the objectives from the blueprint: Deploy and Configure Identity Sources for Single Sign-On: Configure Single Sign-On users and groups Change Default domain for Single Sign-On List services registered with Single Sign-on Deploy and configure vCenter Server Deploy / Configure Enhanced Link Mode Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Microsoft Servers 2012R2 as external PSC Microsoft Servers 2012R2 as vCenter Server  Documents used:   VMware vSphere Installation and Setup Deploy and Configure Identity Sources for Single Sign-On: To add vCenter to an active directory please look at my previous post : http://vpentathlon.com/joining-vcenter6-to-my-lab-active-directory/   Configure Single Sign-On users and groups: For this objective lets create a mini lab: Task: Create…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.2 – part 1

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In this post we will discuss VMware core management infrastructure components. we going to look at installing PSC first and then do some repointing. here are the objectives from the blueprint: Deploy and Configure a Platform Services Controller (PSC): Determine use case for embedded vs external PSC Re-point a vCenter Server Appliance to another External PSC Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Microsoft Servers 2012R2 as external PSC Microsoft Servers 2012R2 as vCenter Server  Documents used:   VMware vSphere Installation and Setup VMware KB articles 2113917/2131191 Deploy and Configure a Platform Services Controller (PSC): For this objective we will need to have to configure the lab in a different way and if you use VMware Workstation its very easy to configure, I installed…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.1 – part 3

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In this post we will continue to discuss objective 1.1 from the blueprint Objectives: Configure ESXi host to use a central Syslog Server Manage/Edit the Core Dump configuration of an ESXi host Using VMware workstation: Single ESXi Host Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services VMware vMA Documents used: VMware vSphere Installation and Setup   Configure ESXi host to use a central Syslog Server: before you can configure the ESXi host to use central syslog server you will need to install some syslog server. There are several free syslog servers such as Solarwinds Kiwi , but i decided to use one of my Linux boxes in the virtual environment. The syslog server that i used runs the rsyslogd service with basic configuration so i can practice the objective, below is a screenshot of…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.1 – part 2

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In this post we will continue to discuss objective 1.1 from the blueprint Objectives: Configure Kernel Boot Parameters for scripted install according to a deployment plan: Modify scripted weasel install (ks.cfg) Create / Modify scripted installation Configure Advanced System Settings according to a deployment plan: Edit System Swap / Scratch Configuration Configure ESXi host to use a central Syslog Server Manage/Edit the Core Dump configuration of an ESXi host Using VMware workstation: Single ESXi Host Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services VMware vMA Documents used: VMware vSphere Installation and Setup   Scripted ESXi Installation: We can use scripts to deploy multiple ESXi hosts to automate our deployment. The script includes the hosts configuration settings , In the following locations you can store your script: HTTP/HTTPS FTP NFS CDROM USB In addition you…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 7 – Objective 7.4: Troubleshoot and Monitor vSphere Performance

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In this post i will continue to cover the troubleshooting objective and now its time for troubleshoot and Monitor vSphere Performance The following are the objective from the blueprint: Monitor CPU and memory usage Identify and isolate CPU and memory contention issues Describe and differentiate common metrics, including: Memory CPU Network Storage Monitor performance through esxtop Compare and contrast Overview and Advanced Charts Troubleshoot Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) issues   Monitor CPU and memory usage  You can monitor the performance for the Datacenter/Cluster or individual ESXi hosts.   Compare and contrast Overview and Advanced Charts: you can also look at the Advanced chart and configure what will you like to monitor , this really helps when you try to isolate an issue. Monitor performance through esxtop: Run the command esxtop on…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 7 – Objective 7.3:Troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades

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In this post i will continue to cover the troubleshooting objective and now its time for troubleshoot vSphere Upgrades The following are the objective from the blueprint: Collect upgrade diagnostic information Recognize common upgrade issues with vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance Create/Locate/Analyze VMware log bundles Determine alternative methods to upgrade ESXi Hosts in event of failure Configure vCenter Server logging options Collect upgrade diagnostic information: Upgrade logs: C:\ProgramData\VMware\CIS\logs\ %TEMP%\vminst.log %TEMP%\pkgmgr.log %TEMP%\pkgmgr-comp.msi.log %TEMP%\vim-vcsmsi.log   Recognize common upgrade issues with vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance We can take a look at release notes for known installation issues  : http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-esxi-60u1-release-notes.html Create/Locate/Analyze VMware log bundles: To create support bundle login in to the vCSA under port 5480 with root user and click on create support bundle Or you can do it via the CLI run…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 7 – Objective 7.1: Troubleshoot vCenter Server, ESXi Hosts, and Virtual Machines

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In this post i will cover the last subject in before I take the course and then the two VCP 6 exams. The following are the objective from the blueprint: Monitor status of the vCenter Server service Perform basic maintenance of a vCenter Server database Monitor status of ESXi management agents Determine ESXi Host stability issues and gather diagnostics information Monitor ESXi system health Locate and analyze vCenter Server and ESXi logs Troubleshoot common issues, including: vCenter Server service SSO vCenter Server connectivity Virtual machine resource contention, configuration and operation Platform Services Controller (PSC) Problems with installation VMware Tools installation Fault Tolerant network latency   Monitor status of the vCenter Server service: To look or to modify vCenter services  from the home page click on system configuration under nodes ,…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 10:Objective 10.3: Configure and Maintain a vCloud Air Connection

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As i mention in the previous update post , i will not be able to blog about vCloud Air since i dont have the subscription for it (i wish VMware had some demo account that we can use for study) In this post i will only provide a links to VMware website - they did a great work capturing all the screenshots and the needed information for us.(including videos) So here we go: Create a VPN connection between vCloud Air and an on-premise site - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/creating-an-ipsec-vpn Deploy a virtual machine using vCloud Air - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/deploying-a-virtual-machine-from-scratch Migrate a virtual machine to vCloud Air - https://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/2013/08/how-to-migrate-vsphere-machines-to-vcloud-hybrid-service.html Verify VPN connection configuration to vCloud Air - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/creating-an-ipsec-vpn Configure vCenter Server connection to vCloud Air - http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1026866 Configure replicated objects in vCloud Air Disaster Recovery service - http://vcloud.vmware.com/using-vcloud-air/tutorials/disaster-recovery-configuring-virtual-machine-replication Thanks for reading…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 10:Objective 10.2- Create and Manage a Multi-site Content Library

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Create and Manage a Multi-site Content Library The following are objectives from the blueprint: Add/remove Content Libraries Configure Content Library authentication Configure Content Library to work across sites Compare the functionality of Automatic sync and On-Demand sync Determine which privileges are required to globally manage a content catalog Set/configure Content Library roles Add/remove Content Libraries / Configure Content Library authentication: From Home screen click on Content Libraries and then click on the add icon. Provide a Name and description and choose the vCenter server for local content library make sure to check the "local" radio button , also if you like to enable authentication you will Have to enable "publish content library externally" check box. Check…
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