vCenter 7.0 stating “New vCenter server updates are available” while there are no updates?

Advertise here with BSA I have seen this issue reported on the VMware Community Forum a few times, when you run vCenter 7.0 you will receive a message in the vSphere Client stating the following “New vCenter server updates are available”. When you then click “View Updates” however you will notice that there are no … [Read more...]

VMware: How to reset the lost or forgotten root password in vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

To reset the lost forgotten root password in vCenter Server Appliance 6.5: Take a snapshot or backup of the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 before proceeding. (Do not skip this step.) Reboot the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. After the OS starts, loading the Photon splash press e key to enter the GNU GRUB Edit Menu. Locate … [Read more...]

vCenter appliance database issue

Recently I had an issue in my homelab environment. Because of some power outages, my vCenter Appliance hadn’t been shutdown correctly and now vCenter didn’t start correctly anymore. After some searching I found that the database could not be loaded. In the VMware KBs I couldn’t find anything that … [Read more...]

Invalid credentials message when registering vCenter Server with external Platform Service Controller in vSphere 6

When vSphere 6 was released, I decided to delete my RTM version of my external Platform service Controller and vCenter Server appliances, to replace them by the GA versions. Installing the PSC went fine, but when installing the vCenter appliance, I was not able to register it to the PSC. I kept getting the message … [Read more...]

Is the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 5.5 a replacement for the Windows vCenter Server?

Back in 2012 I wrote a blog post  “What about the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) version 5.1”. One of the limitations with VCSA 5.1 was that the embedded vPostgres database only supports 5 hosts and 50 VMs. So it was only supported in test and very small environments. Now with vSphere 5.5 the the embedded … [Read more...]

vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) is an authentication proxy

I’ve been in numerous discussions regarding vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) where mostly people didn’t fully understand the functionality of SSO. Let me make this statement: SSO is an authentication proxy. The function of SSO is to act as a single proxy in your VMware environment to verify user credentials against … [Read more...]

Installation vCenter Inventory Service hangs forever

Recently I was installing an additional VMware vCenter Server in an environment in which I had replaced all default certificates with official CA certificates and ran into an issue where installation of the VMware vCenter Inventory Service kept hanging when communicating with the VMware SSO server. In the installation … [Read more...]

Be carefull with VMware SSO Master password bug

This week I installed a fresh vSphere 5.1 Update 1 environment and I wanted to configure it will real world certificates to get rid of all those “Do you really really reeeeeally accept this insecure website” messages. Using the VMware SSL Certificate Automation Tool I generated all the new certificates and … [Read more...]

The Doctor is: IN

Many of us in IT read a lot of whitepapers, blogposts, how-to articles and view numerous Podcasts or training video’s to learn all the details about new products or features. Still, I don’t always get some of the details or can’t find the info I need. Meeting people at VMUGs or VMworld gives me the … [Read more...]

How to move VMware Single Sign On (SSO) database

Customer had all his VMware databases for vCenter Server, Update Manager, Single Sign On (SSO), vCloud Director and vCenter Chargeback running on one big SQL Server where they shared resources with other databases. They asked me to move the databases to a new MS SQL Server because the load of the VMware databases was … [Read more...]