Configuring vCenter Operations Custom UI with Secure LDAP

I was recently working on a vCenter Operations (vCOps) installation at the customer site I work out and ran into an issue importing users from Active Directory (AD). In case you aren’t familiar with vCenter Operations, there are two UIs that can be accessed; a standard UI and a custom UI. The standard UI uses permissions defined within vCenter to …

Want FREE VMware VCP5 and VCAP5 Study Guides? Veeam and Pure Storage got you Covered

  VMworld 2013 is fast approaching and there will be many things up for grabs. Free Swag, giveaways, contests, etc… are a part of the solutions exchange and something we’ve all come to love (most of us), and to a certain degree, expect. I’m here to tell you that Jason Langer and I will be adding to the Swag portion …

[Book Review] VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense (Rough Cuts version)

Since I plan on submitting my VCDX application in time for the VMworld 2013 deadline, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the VCDX boot camp book. While the book has not been officially released, there is a “rough cuts” version of it available right now via Safari Books Online (you can find it …

vSphere 5.1 SSO and Cross-domain Authentication

Last week I was installing vSphere 5.1, which includes the SSO component in an environment with a Forest domain and many child domains. I noticed some very strange behavior when setting up permissions within vCenter when using universal security groups that existed at the forest root domain, but had members from child domains. I submitted an SR to VMware and …

Possibilities of VMware HA – VM Component Protection

While at VMworld 2012 I attended a session called “vSphere HA and Datastore Access Outages – Current – Capabilities Deep-Dive and Tech Preview” also known as INF-BCO2807. The presentation was put together by Smriti Desai (@smriti_desai) and Keith Farkas, both from VMware. If you haven’t seen this session and have access to them online, you really should take a look, …

VCAP5-DCA – Objective 6.5 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Host Management

For this objective I used the following documents: Documents listed in the Tools section Objective 6.5 – Troubleshoot vCenter Server and ESXi Host Management Knowledge **ITEMS IN BOLD ARE TOPICS PULLED FROM THE BLUEPRINT** Identify CLI commands and tools used to troubleshoot management issues If you can get to the console of your ESXi hosts, you can try restarting the …