I recently updated my vCenter Server Appliance and external Platform Services Controller in my lab to 6.0 U2, as I wanted to make use of the re-introduced VAMI, though there are also a number of other improvements.  The VAMI or Appliance Management User Interface has been in the vCenter Server Appliance since version 5.0.  It’s great for making changes to the vCenter appliance, such as resetting the root password, or enabling SSH without having to go into the CLI. It wasn’t available in the 6.0 release, but was reinstated with update one.

Before upgrading you will need to grab the bits from the VMware website. Rather than it being the ISO for the U2 version of the appliance, there is a package specifically used for upgrades. This can be found on the VMware patch portal:


Once the patch ISO has been downloaded put it somewhere that you can mount it to your VCSA. I uploaded it to a datastore, but you could attach it via the vSphere client if you preferred. In my lab I have an external platform services controller, which I needed to update before doing the VCSA. If you have a vCenter with embedded PSC then you don’t have to worry about updating the PSC separately. [click to continue…]


Cloning VCSA 6.0

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I recently had a need to clone my nested lab environment, so I could do some testing without breaking my lab. I had some issues with the cloned VCSAs networking, so posting what I worked through here.

When starting the cloned VCSA, the progress bar halted around three quarters of the way along. I hit ALT-F1 to see what was happening and saw that a bunch of services were failing to start and there were issues with eth0:


The log confirmed this, showing that eth1 had no configuration: [click to continue…]


VCP6-CMA – Create and Manage Business Groups

July 11, 2016

This post will take a look at creating business groups in vRealize Automation. Business groups are created by Tenant administrators, and are often aligned to a line of business or department. Before a user can request resources in vRA, they must be a member of a business group. One of the requirements when creating a […]

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VCP6-CMA – Create and Manage Reservations and Reservation Policies

July 6, 2016

Reservations and reservation polices are about reserving storage and compute resources for a vRA tenant, which essentially sets a limit on how much resources they can consume. Before members of a business group can request machines, fabric administrators must allocate resources to the business group by creating reservations. Each business group must have at least one […]

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VCP6-CMA – Create and Manage Fabric Groups

June 30, 2016

This will be a fairly short post to cover the VCP-CMA objective around creating and managing vRealize Automation fabric groups. A Fabric Group is a collection of resources that vRA can make use of. Fabric groups can be created by IaaS Admins. Creating a Fabric Group Log into vRA then go to Infrastructure tab | […]

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VCP6-CMA – Adding a vCenter Endpoint

June 30, 2016

This follows on from my recent articles on deploying and configuring vRealize Automation. Before you can start creating fabric groups in vRA, vCenter needs to be added as an Endpoint, so that vRA can access the resources it presents. To add a vCenter endpoint we need to log into vRA (https://FQDN/vcac/) as an IaaS Admin, […]

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Powercli One-Liner to List ESXi Host UUID

June 6, 2016

I had to list the host UUID of all the ESXi hosts in an environment recently. This is just a quick post, to show how to grab this information using PowerCLI. After pointing the PowerCLI session at the relevent vCenter (or ESXi host), run the following: Get-VMHost | Select Name,@{n=”HostUUID”;e={$_.ExtensionData.hardware.systeminfo.uuid}} This results in listing each […]

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VCP6-CMA – Create and Manage Tenants

June 3, 2016

When you deploy vRA, a default tenant is created, with the build in administrator account, (administrator@vsphere.local) being granted access to log in. From there, the default tenants settings can be changed, and new tenants can be created. Note that the default tenant is the only one that supports native AD authentication. Additional tenants that use […]

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VCP6-CMA – Deploying vRealize Components – vRO – Configuration

May 30, 2016

This post follows on from my previous one, where I covered deploying the vRO appliance, along with some initial configuration tasks. Picking up where I left off, the next task is to head back to the vRO appliance’s homepage (https://vRO-FQDN:8281), which is where the vRO client can be downloaded from: The client runs on Windows, […]

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VCP6-CMA – Deploying vRealize Components – vRO – Appliance Deployment and Configuration

May 24, 2016

Following on from my recent posts on deploying vRA and IaaS, this post will cover deploying and configuring the vRealize Orchestrator appliance. Due to resources in my lab environment I will be deploying a single vRO instance, using the embedded database. In production, it’s recommended to use a more highly available configuration for vRO. Deploying […]

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