Category: VMware

SDDC-Manager Doesn’t want to start or retry an update (VCF 3.10)

I had a weird problem, where my SDDC-Manager of my VCF environment didn’t want to start any update. I had this in 2 different scenario’s. In one case I had a failed ESXi upgrade according to the SDDC-Manager. Checking it later on, the upgrade was fine, but the SDDC-Manager still marked the host in an …read more →

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vCF Upgrade 3.9.1. to 3.10 – vCenter Upgrade errors & issues

Intro During the upgrade of the vCenters of one of my customers, I stumbled several times upon the issue down below. It suggest to check the logs, and to check if the ‘service-control –start applmgmt is running. On both machines the service applmgmt is running. I also checked if SSH was on, which was the …read more →

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How to fix Expired Password issues for vCenters & PSCs (Also for vCF environments)

So a frequently upcomming issue at customers, is the password expiration of the root password. This is set by default for 90 days, and after 90 days, well people figure out that they cannot login. To solve this, simply make a SSH connection towards the vCenter or PSC. To access shell with root type: shell …read more →

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How to get fully (root) access to NSX-v appliances (Manager & Edge) & NSX Intelligence

If you have ever tried to troubleshoot an NSX-v Management Appliance or Edge, you probably noticed that you are quite limited in the execution of your controls. That’s because in NSX-v you are standardly limited with most of the time only esxcli, even when you are logged in as admin. To get past that you …read more →

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Password Expired for vCenters & PSCs (Solution also for vCF)

So a frequently upcomming issue at customers, is the password expiration of the root password. This is set by default for 90 days, and after 90 days, well people figure out that they cannot login. To solve this. Simply make a SSH connection towards the vCenter or PSC. Type in shell to access shell with …read more →

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VMware vRealize Orchestrator Log Integration with Log Insight

Intro For a customer I created a work-around after an update of vRO 7.5 to 7.6 removed the read roles for its users that are managed directly through the vRO client. The workaround is simple, forwarding the logs of vRO to vRLI, which then can be used and viewed by users for troubleshooting. Here we …read more →

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vRO update from 7.5 to 7.6 or higher removes simple Read-Rigths Consumer Role

90% of the time, VMware has updates that really bring value and give something to look forward to. The upgrade from vRO 7.5 to 7.6 however, does not. vRO has 3 roles, and the consumer role access in the bottom, is the one that gives user Read only rights. Unfortunately, after the upgrade this role …read more →

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Check if the Replication is working between PSCs

For a customer I was replacing the SSO/STS certificates, after the change wanted to make sure if the PSCs were still replicating the information between each other. To simply check this Type the command: ./vdcrepadmin -f showpartnerstatus -h localhost -u administrator You can see who the partner is of the PSC, and how much changes …read more →

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vRLI Webgui doesn’t start up: Config Folder Lost & “Keystore was tampered with or Password was incorrect”

Intro One of my customers had problems with their vRLI environment, the most obvious one was that the webgui wasn’t available or even started. The following post is a more general approach of how I troubleshoot vRLI. In this case I had to apply 2 workarounds / solutions to make it work again. In this …read more →

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Check & Renew the expiration of the Machine Certificate of the PSCs & vCenter (vCenter 6.5/6.7)

Intro At a customer we got the notification in the vCenter that the certificate was almost expiring. This was about the SSO/STS certificate. Later we found out that also the machine certificates were expiring on each PSC and vCenter that were deployed 2 years earlier. This post will focus on the renewal of the Machine …read more →

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