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Posted by Vladan Seget on August 21, 2019
How to manually patch VMware vCenter server Appliance (VCSA) in a Highly Secure or Offline Environments

Even the least experienced users know a few things vital for an undisrupted working process if they are dealing with VMware vSphere infrastructure, one of those things being patching. Back in the good old days, risks of cyber threats were something that happens to people in the movies, but today you won’t go very far without security patches. Keep your environment up to date with patching VMware vCenter Server Appliance!
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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on July 4, 2019
vCSA connected to dvSwitch is unaccessible after restore

VMware provides its clients with multiple useful features and tools, one of them being vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). It is a preconfigured Linux virtual machine, designed specifically for the running VMware vCenter Server. Admittedly, that makes your life a lot easier, which is why you would not want to lose a connection to a virtual machine. However, that is what happens when your VMware hypervisor is configured with a Distributed Switch (dvSwitch).

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Posted by Vladan Seget on March 7, 2019
The easiest way to upgrade your VMware vSphere Infrastructure in 3 Steps

Upgrading VMware vSphere infrastructure may seem a boring, tedious, and sometimes even difficult process. But that’s not true at all if you know about three steps you need to follow in order to avoid difficulties in updating. These steps are called pre-upgrade, upgrade, post -pgrade phases. What should be done at the pre-upgrade stage? How to choose the most appropriate upgrade scenario for your infrastructure and architecture? What steps should be taken after completing the infrastructure upgrade?

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on February 19, 2019
VMware Horizon View 7.x. configuration backup & recovery

VMware Horizon View is a VMware product that aims to improve the infrastructure of the virtual desktop as well as support bring your own device (BYOD) programs. Most administrators back up virtual desktops, but very few pay enough attention to backing up the Horizon View configurations. At the same time, a backup of a VMware Horizon View environment configuration is a critical part of the work of your virtual desktop infrastructure that guarantees its integrity. Moreover, if you any have problems with a large View Manager configuration that can last from several hours to several days, your Horizon View configurations need a safe harbor badly. So, don’t wait for a second!

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on May 8, 2018
Why upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7 (or why not)

Now that VMware vSphere 6.7 has been announced and it’s also available in General Availability (GA), some people may ask if it makes sense upgrade to this version (or when will make sense upgrade to 6.7). Is a GA release ready for a production environment? Or is it mature and stable enough?

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on March 22, 2018
Generating a Support Bundle: How to Retrieve Virtual Infrastructure Logs from VMware vCenter and ESXi Servers

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.

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Posted by Andrea Mauro on January 31, 2018
Why upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.5 (or why not)

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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Posted by Vladan Seget on January 23, 2018
5 Tips to Master VMware vCenter Server Appliance

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.

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on January 10, 2018
5 useful tips to work with VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

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.

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Posted by Vladan Seget on August 1, 2017
How to join VMware vCenter server appliance (VCSA) 6.5 to the Microsoft Active Directory (AD) Domain

VMware Photon OS has been the latest OS used for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. This is the latest move from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) as VMware wants to own the Operating system (OS) and manage its development cycles and patches releases. Things that aren’t possible on Windows OS or SLES. That’s why VMware used Photon Linux and continues to develop Photon OS which is optimized for VMware platforms.

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