Updating my lab to vSphere 6.5 – part 1

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Since vSphere 6.5 is now GA, i decided to update my lab and provide a step by step guide for the upgrade. In this post i will discuss the vCenter appliance upgrade first and then i will create another post for upgrading the hosts in the lab. Prerequisites : Before you start the upgrade please read carefully the following KB article: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2147548 This article contain important information before you start upgrading, the article includes what products are not supported and considerations before you upgrade.   In my lab i am using VUM and before I started the upgrade process i need to copy the migration-assistant directory to my VUM server and run the VMware-Migration-Assistant.exe see the following link: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-65/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc%2FGUID-6A39008B-A78C-4632-BC55-0517205198C5.html   Current version: Before we start here is the current version of the…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.2 – part 3

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In this post we will continue to discuss VMware core management infrastructure components. here are the objectives from the blueprint: Configure Global Permissions for vCenter services Configure Dump Collector service Configure the Syslog Collector / Syslog service Managing vCenter Server advanced configurations Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) vCSA  Documents used:   VMware vSphere Installation and Setup vSphere Security VMware KB 2033250 Configure Global Permissions for vCenter services Global Permissions: Global permissions are applied to a global root object that spans solutions. when we talk about global permission we need to remember the following drawing and need to be very careful when assigning global permissions   [caption id="attachment_174" align="aligncenter" width="1193"] Source: VMware vSphere Security document[/caption]   To assign global permission : Click on Administrator…
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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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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 7.1: 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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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 9 – Objective 9.2: Configure Advanced vSphere DRS Features

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for Configure Advanced vSphere DRS Features. The following are objectives from the blueprint: Configure the proper Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) automation level based on a set of business requirements Explain how DRS affinity rules effect virtual machine placement Add/remove virtual machine DRS Group Add/remove Host DRS Group Configure VM-Host affinity/anti-affinity rules Configure VM-VM affinity/anti-affinity rules Enable/disable Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) affinity rules Configure the proper Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) automation level based on a set of business requirements: Before we configure DRS we will need to enable it first in our cluster , i am using the same cluster configuration from the previous post on vSphere HA To enable DRS from Cluster>>Manage>>Setting>>vShere DRS>> Edit >> click on…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 8.3:Consolidate Physical Workloads using VMware Converter

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In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for the Consolidate Physical Workloads using VMware Converter The following are the blueprint objective: Install vCenter Converter standalone instance Convert physical workloads using vCenter Converter Modify server resources during conversion Resize partitions during the conversion process Interpret and correct errors during conversion Collect diagnostic information during conversion operation   Install vCenter Converter standalone instance: Use case for converter: Import running remote physical and VM's Import Hyper-V Import VMware workstation VM's Export VM's to other VMware format The installation process is very simple , the only thing that is different is that you can install this as client -server i choose to install it as local installation.   Convert physical workloads using vCenter Converter: I dont have a…
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