Evangelising the virtual world

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 […]

My New Dual-Xeon Based Nested Home Lab Machine – Part III

In Part I of this series, I went through the thought process behind my new machine build and in Part II, I documented what was purchased based on those decisions and how much it costed. In this last part of the series, I’ll go through some of the build issues that would help you in case […]

My New Dual-Xeon Based Nested Home Lab Machine – Part II

In the previous post, I explained the need for a new machine in my home lab and the considerations before buying appropriate components to build one. In this post, I will look at the “Physical Decision Points” and the “Bill of Materials” (read “damage”) for those components. So, without further ado, let’s start: Physical Decision […]

My New Dual-Xeon Based Nested Home Lab Machine – Part I

A few months back, I started to think about having another machine built for my lab as the one I built about year and a half ago, was starting to become a bit cramped. There are a lot of things going on these days and you do need to have enough of a lab to […]

VAMI Error displayed for vCenter Operations Manager with IP Pool configured

Recently, I had to shut down my lab environment for maintenance.  While bringing the whole environment back up, my vC Ops (vCenter Operations Manager) appliance failed to start and threw up the following error: Cannot initialize property ‘vami.netmask0.VM_1′. Network ‘VM Network’ has no associated network protocol profile Now, it’s well-documented that this error will show […]

PernixData FVP Next – Game Changer?

Like many other storage enthusiasts, I also attended the live Storage Tech Field Day 5 (#SFD5) presentation by Satyam Vaghani (@SatyamVaghani) of PernixData (@PernixData).  In case you missed it, here is a link to recordings of the presentation, conveniently broken down into areas of focus. The presentation was about the current version: PernixData FVP 1.5, […]

Book Review: Networking for VMware Administrators

I always wondered why there is no book that specifically focusses on VMware networking, given its importance when it comes to deployment and maintenance of a stable virtual platform.  No need for me to think that any more as “Networking for VMware Administrators” by Chris Wahl (@ChrisWahl) and Steve Pantol (@StevePantol) is available for purchase […]

Horizon Workspace Data-va: Manually mounting the NFS share

As part of “data-va” configuration (while deploying a Horizon Workspace environment), you might want to add an NFS store.  In fact, it is recommended to do so for larger environments for flexibility, performance and scalability reasons. Typically, the way to do it is to create an NFS share and set access so that the data-va […]

Horizon Workspace Data-Va Error: Proxy Authentication Required

While deploying Horizon Workspace, you may configure LibreOffice on the data-va appliance, to get the basic preview functionality going.  If your setup requires going through a proxy server to reach the Internet, the following command needs to be run (in a console session on the data-va appliance) first: export http_proxy=http://ProxyServer:Port After running that, you run […]