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Migrate Windows vCenter Server 6 with embedded PSC to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC

Continuing with the upgrade-migration scenarios to vCSA #migrate2vcsa FTW! 😎 , this blog post will concentrate on migrating from Windows vCenter Server 6 with embedded PSC to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC.  The procedure steps are as follow. Migrate to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC Deploy a secondary PSC version 6 and join the existing SSO domain. Repoint the vCenter Server to the new PSC. Migrate PSC to version 6.5. Migrate Windows vCenter Server to vCenter […]

Migrate to VCSA 6.0
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Migration Assistant Error – Replace a Process Level Token privilege to the user

A quick blog post on how to solve the “Replace a process level token privilege to the user” error when migrating a Windows vCenter Server 6.0 to vCenter Server 6.5 Appliance. The error is generated after running the Migration Assistant versions 6.5 on a Windows machine where the vCenter Server is installed and the vCenter Server service is running under a custom service account. To solve the issue, you need to edit the local security […]

Migrate to VCSA 6.0
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Migrate vCenter 5.5 with external SSO to VCSA 6.0 with external PSC

In the last weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of migrations to vSphere 6.0 for our customers and most of them were migration to the vCenter Server Appliance version 6.0 using the migration tool. This post is the first one in the migration series I am starting and I am kicking off with how to migrate vCenter 5.5 with external SSO to VCSA 6.0 with external PSC. Note – If you are still running on […]

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How to enable hidden Power Metrics in vROps 6

According to vROps 6 Reference Guide, page 47, table 1-56, the Power Metrics for the Cluster Compute Resource are still included in vROps so they should be available from the object selector. Unfortunately, they are not. As by design, the Power Metrics are hidden in vROps 6. To unhide them, follow this simple procedure. Enable hidden Power Metrics in vROps 6 Open the vROps admin page and log in with the Admin account. From the […]

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How to exclude ESXi host from vROps licensing

Excluding a ESXi host form vROps licensing and thus preventing it from being monitored is not a good idea in general. However, there are some use cases where you would like to exclude ESXi host from vROps monitoring. One case I came across recently is one where a customer used a migration host to move VM’s from one environment to another. The vROps license was overused and an alert was triggered in vROps. To prevent […]

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How to create custom vROps group based on tags

Personally, I love tags in the vCenter Server. Tags makes objects more sortable and searchable in the vCenter Server and other solutions as vROps. For example, you can create custom vROps groups based on tags. Let’s have a quick look how to create this in vROps. I assume you already have your categories and tags in place. I’ve created a category called “VDI Desktops” and a tag called “Virtual Desktop” which is assigned to all […]

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How to create custom vROps groups based on vCenter Server folder

A quick post on how to create custom vROps groups based on the vCenter Server folders this time. It is a nice feature in vROps that lets you (dynamically) categorize your objects and display the data collected from those objects in dashboards and views according to the way you define the data to appear. Create custom vROps groups based on vCenter Server folder Open a web browser and navigate to your vROps user interface. Login […]

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How to upgrade Site Recovery Manager 6 to version 6.1

The Site Recovery Manager 6.1 has been released for a while now so it is a good time to have a look at the upgrade process from version 6.0. Before you jump into the upgrade process, have a quick look at what’s new in Site Recovery Manager 6.1 in one of my previous posts. As in previous releases, you can upgrade an existing vCenter Site Recovery Manager installation and the upgrade process will preserve existing […]