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vCSA 6.7 Backup Schedule & Folder Structure

In vSphere 6.7, we finally have the vCSA 6.7 Backup Schedule which I think was one of the most requested features for this release. Schedule can be set up using either the API, CLI or through the UI. I will not cover this step-by-step as the process is quite self-explanatory. Instead, once you create a couple of manual and automatic backups, you may discover that the backup files have different naming structure as depicted below. […]

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How to configure PSC ring topology

In the last couple of projects, I was tasked with designing a new Platform Services Controller (PSC) and vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) topology based on specific availability requirements. One of the things I noticed is that admins tend to forget that you need to create a PSC ring topology in a multi-site PSC & vCS design. Let’s have a look why this is important and how to create a PSC ring topology in vSphere 6.5. […]

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SRM and vSphere upgrade order

I’ve been getting some questions about the correct SRM and vSphere upgrade order from our customers lately. The default order of any vSphere environment is to begin with the vCenter Server of course but the more products and thus complexity you add to your environment, the upgrade order may change. In a multisite environment with external PSCs and vCenter Server Appliances you would normally upgrade all PSCs first and then the vCenter Servers. When SRM/vSphere […]

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How to upgrade NSX to version 6.4

The NSX 6.4 release was GA roughly two weeks ago so I decided to do an upgrade on my environment to see what’s new etc. I am not going into details and what’s new in 6.4 release because you can read it in the release notes. I will focus on the upgrade process which is quite straightforward as you will see. The procedure below describes an upgrade from NSX 6.3.3. Before you begin make sure […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]