How To

Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 3: vCloud Director Configuration

Okay, the vCloud Director is up and running as installed in the previous post. Now it is time to start the initial configuration of vCloud Director. Initial Configuration Open a web browser, in my case Internet Explorer, and navigate to the vCloud Director URL. For example: https://<vCD_FQDN_or_IP>/cloud/ You will be presented with the VMware vCloud Director Setup wizard. Click Next to continue. Read the EULA, accept it and click Next. Enter a license key and […]

How To

Building vCloud Suite POC – Part 2: Installing vCloud Director Cell

As we now know what vCloud Suite is from part one of this series, we can now start preparing the environment for deployment of the vCloud Director. Before we can start with the installation, there are certain components that must be configured first. Prepare the Database Before you begin with vCloud Director Installation, you have to create a database with specific configuration. You can use Oracle or Microsoft SQL to do it. In this case, […]

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Dump Collector

ESXCLI Basics: Configure Dump Collector Host

Another basic command, but may be useful in stateless environments with no local disk usable for a diagnostic partition. Here is a quick how-to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the VMkernel interface, remote server IP address and port: # esxcli system coredump network set -v vmk0 -i 10.10.10.10 -o 6500 Enable the remote dump collector host: # esxcli system coredump network set -e true Verify the settings: # esxcli […]

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ESXCLI

ESXCLI Basics: Configure Syslog Host

Another basic command, but essential for health monitoring of your hosts when using a Syslog Server. Here is a quick how-to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the target Syslog Server and place logs in an unique subdirectory: # esxcli system syslog config set –logdir-unique true –loghost=udp://10.10.10.10:514 Open the ports for Syslog on the firewall: # esxcli network firewall ruleset set –e true –r syslog Apply the configuration with: # […]

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ESXCLI

ESXCLI Basics: Setup SNMP on ESXi 5.x

This is really basics stuff, but here is a quick how to. Connect to your host through SSH or open the DCUI. Setup the target SNMP server, port and community string: # esxcli system snmp set –t <ip_or_fqdn>@/<community_string> Enable SNMP: # esxcli system snmp set –e yes Logout. Done! 🙂 Verify the snmpd service is running and check if the ports are open on the host though vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client. Please note […]

Site Recovery Manager

How to: VMware Site Recovery Manager 5 – Part 1: Preparation

The last couple of weeks I have been playing around with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5 in my home lab after attending the vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage course. As you all probably know, SRM is an end-to-end disaster recovery product that automates the recovery of VMs that reside on replicated LUNs. The version 5 of SRM comes with vSphere Replication (VR for short) which is a technique that copies the VMs […]