Unverifiable vCenter STS certificate while adding NSX-V Manager

Introduction Today we have yet another certificate blogpost. This is the fourth blogpost on this in the last couple of months. I’ve recently created a new environment and added custom CA signed vCenter Server certificates through the vSphere Client (UI). In a recent blogpost I had some issues with this …

Fixing an invalid vCenter STS certificate while using ‘cmsso-util’

During an issue I had with my lab environment while using the ‘cmsso-util’ command to join two of my lab vCenters to the same SSO domain, I also had another issue which I will talk about in this blog post. Once I fixed the previous issue, which was due to …

Where is my private key when using the vSphere UI?

Today a very quick post for anybody that is using the vSphere Client to generate a new .CSR to create a new certificate for the vCenter Server. I usually use the certificate-manager tool on the commandline, but I figured, let’s diversify my daily actions and let us use the vSphere …

Chicken and Egg problem with “cmsso-util domain-repoint” on vCenter

Today I came across a funny little issue on my lab environment. I was trying to use the “cmsso-util” tooling to play around and joining my second lab vCenter to the first vCenter Servers SSO Domain. You can read the following VMware piece of documentation if you want to know …

Relocating VM’s with “vDS host error: see faultCause” issues

Introduction The other day I was trying to move a couple of virtual machines on one of our environments and I faced some awesome general system errors! Great. I’ve seen these before and figured I’d write this in a quick blogpost this time around. The error message I faced from …

How to resolve a VMware vCenter Server PSC convergence failure

The other day I had to converge a couple of vCenters to an embedded Platform Services Controller (PSC) configuration, because we updated all the vCenter’s and since VMware is moving away from the External PSC configuration. In the release we are running (most current 6.7 U3 release) VMware has a …

Introducing VMware vSphere and vSAN 7 Update 1 and VCF 4.1

Introduction In todays big webcast VMware made some interesting announcements for all VMware vSphere, vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) enthusiasts. I’ve been working with most new additions for a couple of weeks now and today the next major update in the vSphere portfolio was publicly announced with VMware vSphere …

Virtual Machine BootTime property is not being populated

Ever so often you come around something that you haven’t seen before. Well this issue is one of those things. In our environments we use loads of metrics and properties that we gather from the vCenter Server and expose them to the customer in our own custom front-end portal. One …

How to: Fix vMotion issues because of Emulex driver logging

Recently I was troubleshooting an environment that had some weird issues regarding the centralized VMware Tools repository that we configured. I will not bore you with these details, they will get explained in a future blogpost. But I also had some issues regarding vMotion on this environment. At first I …

Resolving the mysterious and unknown issues with the PowerCLI Tag cmdlets!

Introduction to vSphere Tags VMware vSphere Tags is a way to attach metadata to VMware vCenter inventory objects to make it easier to find and recognize these objects. If you, like me, know about this functionality within vSphere, you know how useful this can be. In previous versions of vSphere, …