How To Install and Configure vSphere App HA – Part 2

In the previous part, we have deployed a vSphere App HA virtual machine and we also configured the connection for the vCenter Hyperic server that the vSphere App HA will use. In this part we will continue with the remaining vSphere App HA configuration settings. vCenter Hyperic Agent Properties File Configuration To enable vSphere App HA alarms on the vCenter Server, you must configure certain values in the vCenter Hyperic file. Before you can […]


How To Install and Configure vSphere App HA – Part 1

The last couple of days I’ve been playing around with vSphere App HA in my home lab, so here is a small series on how to install and configure vSphere App HA version 1.1. Before we begin let’s have a look at what vSphere App HA actually is. vSphere App HA is a feature that complements the functionality of VMware vSphere High Availability with application-level monitoring and automated remediation. App HA improves application uptime through […]

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Troubleshooting vCAC installation issue: Could not load type ‘system.servicemodel.activation.httpmodule’ from assembly ‘system.servicemodel’

A quick post about solving the “Could not load type ‘system.servicemodel.activation.httpmodule’ from assembly ‘system.servicemodel’” error after installing the vCloud Automation Center 5.1 on a Windows 2008 R2 machine. If you successfully installed vCAC but IIS on your Windows machine is unavailable and you get the error mentioned above when you browse the default IIS web page then you probably need to re-register the .NET framework. To do this follow these steps: Open the command prompt […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 19: vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center Integration

In the previous two parts of this vCloud Suite POC we have installed and configured the vCloud Automation Center and the Self-Service Portal. In this part we will integrate the vCloud Director in the vCloud Automation Center. This will enable users to provision vApps in a virtual datacenter based on an existing vApp template, bringing the software-defined services of vCloud Director together with the user-centric governance of vCloud Automation Center. Before you begin, make sure […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 18: Install and Configure vCAC Self-Service Portal Website

The next step in the vCloud Automation Center deployment process is installation and configuration of the Self-Service Portal. The vCAC Self-Service portal website is a standalone interface that streamlines a user’s ability to request access to virtual, cloud or physical machines. Please note that this portal is not the same as the Self-Service option that is available from the vCAC console. Before you begin, download the file from VMware. Prerequisite Checker Start the already […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 17: Install and Configure vCloud Automation Center

In the previous part we have set up all prerequisites necessary for the vCloud Automation Center. We can now proceed with the installation and configuration. Install vCAC Navigate to the extracted installation zip folder and from the Setup folder, execute vCAC-Server-Setup file. Accept the EULA. Click Next. Chose the destination folder or leave it to default. Click Next. Make sure you enable the Database option and click Next. Click Install to start the installation. Click […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 16: Add vCloud Automation Center

As the vCloud Suite proof of concept environment is running and utilizing its resources, you may want to provide a self-service portal for your cloud customers to request new resources for their cloud infrastructure. The VMware vCloud Suite includes the vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) which provides you with a secure portal where authorized administrators, developers or business users can request new services and manage existing resources from predefined, user-specific menus. Before we begin with deployment […]

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Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 15: Create Custom UI in vCenter Operations Manager

Beside the standard dashboard that comes with the default installation, the vCenter Operations Manager allows you to create your own custom dashboard to meet your specific needs. The design process is done using the custom portal and not in the administration portal. The custom portal can be accessed by typing the FQDN/IP address of the UI virtual machine in the internet browser followed by /vcops-custom/. For example: In this example, I’ll create a custom […]