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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 […]

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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 […]