Project Management access only – 06
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Permit Project Management access only in vROps

Another interesting case in customizing vROps. I received a question from a customer who wanted to permit vROps project management feature access for a specific group of users in the Active Directory. All other vROps dashboards, views, features etc. should be disabled or not visible. To achieve this, you need to create a custom role for the group with specific permission within vROps. Permit Project Management access only In order to permit Project Management access […]

view based on vSphere tags – 07
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Custom view based on vSphere tags in vROps

Following up on my last blog about creating custom access based on Active Directory group membership in vROps, I had another interesting case for a custom view based on vSphere tags. This time I had a request from a customer who wanted to have a read-only overview of all virtual machines that belong to a specific department. All other vROps dashboards and features should be hidden. To do this, you need to define and set […]

Custom Dashboard Access - 02
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Dashboard access based on group membership in vROps

The dashboard access based on group membership is a feature often requested by a lot of customers. Usually, a division or department in an organization wants to have some insight in workloads they are running on the vSphere infrastructure. On the other hand, the IT department wants to provide access for those users to see the resource consumption for their particular department. Create custom role Before you import a custom group from AD to vROps, […]

vCSA PNID - 02
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What is my vCSA PNID?

The vCenter Server Appliance Primary Network Identifier (vCSA PNID) is an identifier that is used during the initial configuration of vCenter Server Appliance. You might seen it as the guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.pnid string if you ever deployed a vCenter Server Appliance on VMware Workstation of Fusion. You might also seen reference to PNID in KB 2130599 – Cannot change the vCenter Server or Platform Service Controller 6.x hostname. In my case, I had a customer that was trying to […]

vCenter High Availablity - 01
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How to recover from isolated vCenter HA nodes

During some vCenter HA testing for a customer, I ended up in a situation where all nodes in the vCenter HA cluster could not communicate with each other. This means that all three nodes: Active, Passive, and Witness could not communicate with each other. This is more than a single point of failure and when this happens, the vCenter HA cluster is assumed non-functional and availability is impacted because vCenter HA is not designed for multiple […]

vCenter High Availablity - 01
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Fix – Verify if management interface (NIC0) is configured correctly and is reachable

When configuring the vCenter Server HA in my previous post, I encountered the following error when trying to deploy vCenter HA cluster. Failed to get management network information. Verify if management interface (NIC0) is configured correctly and is reachable. After some digging on the VMware knowledge base and checking the VMTN community forum, I’ve found a fix. The issue occurs when there is a misconfiguration of the vCenter Server Appliance name in the systemname_info.json file. […]

vCenter High Availablity - 01
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How to patch vCenter Server HA cluster

This procedure describes in detail how to patch vCenter Server in HA cluster. You can download individual patches form (https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch). Login with your My VMware account, select patches for VC (vCenter) and download the required patch. The patch comes as an ISO file which you can mount on the vCenter Server Appliance nodes in HA cluster. In this case, I will download and apply patch 5318154 which contains the vSAN 6.6 release. Patch vCenter Server […]

vCenter High Availablity - 01
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How to configure vCenter High Availability

One of the coolest features in vSphere 6.5 is the vCenter High Availability. This solution provides automated failover from active to passive vCenter node with expected RTO < 5 mins. The mechanism uses synchronous replication so there is no data loss and it operates in an Active/Passive configuration with a Witness node. vCenter High Availability feature is only available on the vCenter Server Appliance. Requirements for vCenter High Availability At least 3 ESXi version 5.5 […]