Evangelising the virtual world

VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 4 (Last)

… and so the last day was upon me. Sort of a reality check that all the learning and meeting people is going to end (not to mention the great weather!) and soon it’ll be time to say goodbyes. I’ve found that checking out is much easier if you’re too early or too late. If […]

VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 3

Day 3 for me started with the general session. This time, I chose to sit in the blogger’s area, instead of the hall, which turned out to be the right decision. Comfortable seating and a table in front meant I could use my laptop to tweet as announcements were being made. Anyway, focus for the […]

VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 2

Well, the start to day 2 wasn’t too great - my laptop’s WiFi broke at the wrong time! I guess there’s never a right time to have a broken adapter but it’s time to buy another one! Anyway, managed to get the already delayed blog post about the previous two days out that I hope you’ve […]

VMworld 2014 Europe – Day 0 and 1

VMworld 2014 Europe will open for the general attendees today but as always, activities started a couple of days ago and in this post, I am documenting what’s been happening so far. Like a lot of other people, I got here about noon on Sunday. I like to do that as that gives me a […]

vCloud Connector 2.6 Node Error: Incorrect URL

Just a quick note about a weird bug I came across yesterday. I was implementing a vCloud Connector 2.6 setup and about to do “Cloud Registrations” on their respective nodes. However, the following error message was returned when I first tried it: Incorrect url https://<<Domain Name>>.local I double-checked the URL in case it was mistyped […]

vCAC 6.0.1 Upgrade to 6.1: Database Upgrade Script Error

While upgrading a vCAC (vCloud Automation Center) 6.0.1 environment to 6.1 a couple of days back, I hit this error message while upgrading the IaaS database, using the database upgrade script: Java version 1.7 or higher (64-bit) must be installed, the environment variable JAVA_HOME must be sent to the Java install folder, and %JAVA_HOME%\bin\java.exe must […]

VMworld 2014 Europe – Would love to meet you there!

It’s that time again and VMworld 2014 Europe is upon us (19 days left as I write this). With the emphasis on Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) and the product releases/announcements by VMware, I am excited to be attending this year’s conference. We all know that VMworld 2014 US had a lot of announcements and you […]

How to Repair/Reinstall vCenter Orchestrator on Windows

Recently, after an upgrade to my vCenter machine, I was left with a situation where a couple of things broke in vCenter Orchestrator. One of those was a broken password, forcing me to reset the password back to the default. The other was some corruption somewhere, ending up displaying the following error when I clicked […]

How to reset vCenter Orchestrator’s Configuration password back to the default

Recently, I upgraded one of my vSphere environments from vSphere 5.5 GA to 5.5 Update 1b. It all went smoothly and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Well, except for when I tried to use vCenter Orchestrator. The service was down and trying to start it, didn’t work. It was as if it was in […]

Book Review: Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager

It’s time for another book review and this time, I am reviewing “Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager” This book is written by Abhilash GB (@AbhilashGB) who is amongst many things, a vExpert as well. The book is just over 140 pages long with five chapters. One thing I immediately […]