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How to backup NSX Manager using FileZilla Server

Recently, I’ve been doing some vRealize Operations Manager alarms/false positives review for a customer and noticed the “Scheduled backups are not enabled” alarm in vROps alarms dashboard. After some investigation, I discovered that the NSX manager is not being backed up on regular basis. This vROps alarm can easily be corrected by configuring NSX Manager to create backups and upload them to a FTP server. In my case I used the free FileZilla Server which […]

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PowerCLI Basics – Create custom vCenter Server role

A quick post on how to create a custom vCenter Server role using PowerCLI. Cmdlets and reference pages used in this example can be found here: New-VIRole Get-VIPrivilege Create custom vCenter Server role Open PowerCLI and connect to you vCenter Server: PowerCLI C:\> Connect-VIServer <IP_or_FQDN> Enter the Administrator credentials and login. Create a custom vCenter Server role by entering the following command: PowerCLI C:\> New-VIRole -Name “<Role_Name>” -Privilege (Get-VIPrivilege -Id <Privilege A>,<Privilege B>…<Privilege X>) Press Enter. PowerCLI should […]

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How to remove SRM extension from vCenter Server

Recently, I did some SRM troubleshooting for several customers where the SRM extension was not removed from the vCenter Server after running the uninstaller on a Windows machine running vCenter Server. Here is a quick how-to on manually removing the SRM extension from the vCenter Server. Note: According to KB 1025360, this method should also work for the vCenter Server Appliance. Remove SRM extension from vCenter Server Open your internet browser and navigate to the […]

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Easy tip to test SQL server connectivity

I have been troubleshooting some Microsoft SQL connectivity issues lately in my home lab and I needed a quick and easy way to verify or test SQL server connectivity with several login accounts. Apparently there is a nice and quick way to do it on your windows machine that is already build in. Just create a text file, rename the extension to .udl (Universal Data Link) right-click the file and select the properties tab. Enter […]

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How to deploy vRealize Orchestrator 7 in cluster mode

If you want to increase the availability of your vRealize Orchestrator 7 deployment, you can deploy the vRealize Orchestrator 7 in cluster mode. This means that the cluster will consist of at least two vRealize Orchestrator 7 server instances that share one database. The vRealize Orchestrator 7 in cluster mode supports Oracle, Microsoft SQL and PostgreSQL databases. Refer to the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix – Solution/Database Interoperability for all supported databases. Unlike previous versions of […]

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How to install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 7

The VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7 was announced this year at VMworld EU in Barcelona and it comes with a new, redesigned GUI which is now called Control Center. It is worth to mention that this new GUI is HTML 5 driven! The installation and configuration of the product didn’t change much but the new GUI is worth heaving a quick look at. Please refer to the vRealize Orchestrator 7 documentation for key features, architecture and […]

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How to recover vRealize Orchestrator password

Yes, I know. I should have wrote it down but who’s got the time right? 🙂 Anyway, I locked myself off and I cannot open the vRealize Orchestrator configuration page. Here is a quick procedure that will recover vRealize Orchestrator password. Please note that this procedure is intended to recover the vRealize Orchestrator password on the appliance version. Recover vRealize Orchestrator password Open the vRO appliance and log in with the root user. Go to: […]

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How to install and configure vRealize Orchestrator 6

The vRealize Orchestrator also known as vCenter Orchestrator in the past has been around for quite some time now. I haven’t really cover the topic of automation on my blog, beside the vCloud Suite proof of concept blog series that touched the subject briefly, so I think it is time to have a closer look on how to install and configure vRealize Orchestrator within a vSphere environment. But first, let’s have a look at VMware’s […]