Generating a Support Bundle: How to Retrieve Virtual Infrastructure Logs from VMware vCenter and ESXi Servers
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on March 22, 2018
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One day, any VMware administrator may require the so-called “support bundle” which contains log-files, diagnostic information, and performance metrics. Taken together, these parameters allow troubleshooting VMware vSphere. The bundle provides VMware GSS (Global Support Services) the insight into virtualized environment configuration which allows them to resolve issues, when a client submits a support ticket with this bundle attached.

Apart from that, the bundle comes in handy, for example, while analyzing the reasons of the “pink screen of death” (PSOD) in ESXi environment and other errors.

This article discusses retrieving the support bundle for VMware vCenter servers (be it Windows or vCenter Server Appliance, vCSA) and VMware ESXi.

Before we go deeper, here’s a small note: the support bundle can bloat to 300 MB, depending on what it contains, the frequency of infrastructure configuration changes, and how long ago the last change has been made.

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Why upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.5 (or why not)
Posted by Andrea Mauro on January 31, 2018
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VMware vSphere 6.5 is the latest version of the enterprise server virtual platform from VMware, but the new beta it’s already there for testers. Actually the next version it’s (in the beta). If you are building a new infrastructure from scratch the latest stable version is probably the best choices (for most cases); but what about if you have an old environment and you plan to upgrade it?

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5 Tips to Master VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Posted by Vladan Seget on January 23, 2018
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VMware vCenter server appliance is evolving with every major release of VMware vSphere Suite. The product, which manages the whole vSphere infrastructure, can be either installed on a Windows server or deployed as pre-configured virtual appliance called vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA).

Over several VCSA releases, VMware managed to make this product equal to the Windows-based one, and it pushes the development even further so now the Linux based product has more features than the vCenter server installed on Windows.

However, many VMware admins are also Microsoft guys and like the graphical user interface to work with. That’s why today we’ll have a look at 5 Tips to manage this appliance. We won’t go into the configuration steps within this post as this has been documented many times.

VMware vCSA Restart services

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Why should you install the latest VMware vCenter 6.5 Update 1d /1e?
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on January 18, 2018
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Throughout the last month, VMware has released two important updates for virtual infrastructure management server – VMware vCenter 6.5 Update 1d and 1e. Both updates have significantly improved the functionality of the vCenter management server, despite it’s just one more letter added to Update 1.

VMware vCenter 6.5 Update 1d

vCenter 6.5 Update 1d is interesting because it includes an updated HTML5 client for administrating vSphere virtual infrastructure. Its previous version has been included in vSphere Update 1 and since that time, there has been more than a dozen of vSphere Client updates released on VMware Labs website.

Keep in mind that this client still doesn’t support the functionality of vSphere in full. You can learn about its current functionality difference from vSphere Web Client in this article. These differences are described for 3.31 client version included in vCenter 6.5 Update 1d and at the moment of writing this article, the 3.32 version was released.

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5 useful tips to work with VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on January 10, 2018
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Nowadays, many VMware vSphere administrators manage their virtual infrastructures with VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 (vCSA). This solution currently is a full-fledged alternative to the VMware vCenter for Windows which becomes a thing of the past.

For ones who use vCSA not that long, this post provides several procedures which simplify solutions’ daily use. Let’s have a look at how they may come in handy.

vCenter Single Sign-On

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Getting started with PowerShell and VMware vSphere
Posted by Romain Serre on November 2, 2017
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Since some time, VMware provides PowerCLI which is a set of modules for VMware vSphere. Except if you were in a cave last 10 years, you should know that PowerShell is a powerful scripting language. Initially, PowerShell enabled to manage only Windows Workstation or Server but since sometimes, a lot of vendors make their own modules to manage their solutions (such as Veeam, VMware and so on). Moreover, PowerShell is available on Linux.

For my job, I always use PowerShell. I’m a lazy guy, and if I have to make something two times, I make a script. This is the same thing for VMware vSphere. In this topic, we’ll see how to connect to vCenter and some commands to start.

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vSphere Upgrade Options
Posted by Mike Preston on October 26, 2017
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When it comes time for your vSphere upgrade there are many different approaches to how you perform the upgrades on your ESXi hosts.   An administrator who looks after a small cluster may update one way, whereas an administrator who looks after an enterprise with 1000s of hosts may opt to go another.  Also, depending on how your environment is deployed you might want to choose one method over another.  Factors such as a whether or not your hosts are managed by a vCenter server, whether or not they are members of a cluster – these things all impact the methods in which you chose to update to the latest version of ESXi.  Certainly, some methods are much more simplistic than others to perform, some offer more advantages when upgrading at scale, and some are more prone to user error – let’s take a look at each method of upgrading our hosts below and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each…

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Best Freeware for VMware vSphere – RVTools
Posted by Vladan Seget on October 25, 2017
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One of the best freeware applications which gather a lot of information about VMware vSphere id definitely RVTools utility. Today we’ll have a look at some features which are the most useful ones for IT admins.

RVTools is a Windows .NET 4.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual environments. So, before you download and install the tool, you’ll need to check if your Windows system has at least .NET 4.0 installed.

RVTools and Menu items

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Convert a physical Linux server to VMware VM
Posted by Romain Serre on September 6, 2017
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When you implement a virtual infrastructure, you may want to convert your physical servers to virtual to improve your datacenter consolidation. In this topic, we will see how to convert a physical Linux server to a VMware VM. To make this conversion, I used VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.

Install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone

To host VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, you need a physical or virtual machine based on Windows Server. Usually, when I run this tool, I use a virtual machine. Then run the executable to process the product installation.

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone

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Top 5 Best Utilities for your vSphere infrastructure presented on VMware Labs in 2017
Posted by Dmytro Malynka on August 23, 2017
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As all of you know, VMware Labs posts handful utilities for VMware administrators to make the management of vSphere virtualization infrastructure easer. Those tools are being developed by VMware Engineers, Community, and Open Source. Today I would like to emphasize some of the latest tools available to download and implement.

vSphere HTML5 Web Client

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