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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 22: Configure vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

In the previous part we have deployed the vCenter Infrastructure Navigator virtual appliance and licensed it with a license key. In this part we will continue with configuration of the appliance. Configure vCenter Infrastructure Navigator The vCenter Infrastructure Navigator installs as a plug-in into the vCenter Web Client so in order start using it you have to open the vSphere Web Client. Open the vSphere Web Client and login with your administrator account or if […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 21: Add vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

As the vCloud Suite proof of concept environment is running and now the users can request resources from the Self Service Portal, we can now add another layer that automatically discovers application services, visualizes relationships and maps dependencies of applications on virtualized compute, storage and network resources. To do this, VMware offers the vCenter Infrastructure Navigator. Before we begin with the deployment of vCenter Infrastructure Navigator, let’s define what it actually is. vCenter Infrastructure Navigator […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 14: Configure vCenter Operations Manager

Now the vCenter Operations Manager vApp is deployed, we can proceed with the initial configuration. Initial Setup Open the vSphere Client and log in to the vCenter Server where the vCenter Operations Manager vApp is located. Select the vApp and from the Summary tab click the Available link to open the vCenter Operations Manager Administration page. Accept the SSL security warning and log in with username admin and password admin. In the Initial Setup Wizard, provide […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 13: Add vCenter Operations Manager

So far the vCloud Suite proof of concept has been installed and configured with the vCloud Director with vCloud Networking and Security, vCloud Connector and vCenter Chargeback Manager. In this part we will take a look on how to proactively manage the health of vSphere infrastructure, virtual machines and applications. But also how to spot potential bottlenecks and how to remediate the problems. To do this, VMware offers vCenter Operations Manager, which is also part […]


Calculating Percentage of Cluster Resources Admission Control Policy for an unbalanced vSphere 5.x cluster

I’ve been working lately on a project for one of our customers and one of the requirements was to reuse as much hardware as possible. This led of course to a HA/DRS cluster configuration with hosts with different memory and CPU sizes. As you probably all know this will lead to an unbalanced cluster. I’ve done some research about unbalanced clusters but beside the VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman there wasn’t much info […]


Tweaking Java.exe memory usage on vCenter Server 5.1

During the upgrade of my home lab from vSphere 5.0 to vSphere 5.1 I have noticed that there is more memory consumption on my vCenter Server than before the upgrade. According to the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide, this happens because vCenter Server includes several Java services in the installation (VirtualCenter Management Webservices, Inventory Service, Profile-Driven Storage Service and Single Sign On) and when you install vCenter Server, you have an option to select the […]

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Configure vSphere ESXi Dump Collector

Here is a quick post about configuring the vSphere Dump Collector for your ESXi hosts. I’m not going to cover the installation process because it is really simple and straightforward. You can install the Dump Collector as stand-alone instance or integrated with vCenter Server. If you choose the last option you will have to provide the IP address, port and log in credentials for the vCenter Server. After the installation, you can configure the Dump […]

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Upgrading from ESXi 5.x to ESXi 5.1 using VMware Update Manager

In-place upgrade of ESXi hosts is quick and simple and well suitable for small environments. However, if you want to upgrade a large number of ESXi hosts without any downtime, you can simply use VMware Update Manager to do the job which is provided with the vCenter Server installation ISO. Before you can upgrade your ESXi hosts make sure that you upgrade the vCenter Server and VMware Update Manager to version 5.1 first. Also, make […]