Uploading vShield Manager 5.0.1 to vCloud Director as a vApp Template

A quick post on how to enable the import of vShield Manager 5.0.1 OVA as a vApp Template into vCloud Director. This will allow you to spin up vCloud Director labs inside of vCloud Director for some crazy inception action. Note: that this method can be used for other appliances. As you know if youContinue reading “Uploading vShield Manager 5.0.1 to vCloud Director as a vApp Template”

Creating (a better) vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick (HP)

In a previous post I blogged about creating a vanilla vSphere 5 ESXi USB drive using the VMware .iso file from VMware. This post shows how to create one using the HP version of vSphere ESXi (5.0_Oct_2011_ESXi_HD-USB-SDImgeInstlr_Z7550-00253.iso). Note: (You can use any vendor customized vSphere ESXi .iso file: VMware, Dell and IBM). The HP version comesContinue reading “Creating (a better) vSphere 5 ESXi embedded USB Stick (HP)”

Configure NFS Storage on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance

This post highlights some best practices on the management of the vCSA log and core files. VMware recommends that these files are stored on an NFS share external to the vCSA due to the possibility of the default log and core locations filling up. When this happens, vCenter services will be impacted. For more informationContinue reading “Configure NFS Storage on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance”

Adding sysprep packages to the VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) is a Linux version of the vCenter Server, this post discusses the placement of the System Preparation tools (sysprep) packages within the vCSA and how to make the contents of the DEPLOY.CAB file available. Once configured, it is possible to use Guest Operating System Customizations with the vCSA. MyContinue reading “Adding sysprep packages to the VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance”

A look at VMware vCloud Director Organization LDAP Authentication Options

VMware vCloud Director can use three different authentication mechanisms for subscriber authentication to the VCD portal. The portal is accessed using the URL https://<cloud-url>/cloud/org/<organisation&gt;. In this post, I’ll try to highlight some of the authentication options that a subscriber can use to access the VCD portal. Supported LDAP Services Platform LDAP Server Authentication Methods WindowsContinue reading “A look at VMware vCloud Director Organization LDAP Authentication Options”

Configuring vCenter Server Virtual Appliance to use an Oracle database

In previous posts I blogged about what the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is, its features and benefits, feature parity with the Windows vCenter Server and also how to quickly deploy the vCSA. For more information about the vCSA, please see the resources listed here https://vmwire.com/vmware-vcenter-server-virtual-appliance-vcsa/. This post extends the series with how to configure an externalContinue reading “Configuring vCenter Server Virtual Appliance to use an Oracle database”