Does the Native Key Provider require a host to have a TPM?

I got this question on the VMTN forum this week, does the Native Key Provider require a host to have a TPM? (Trusted Platform Module) The documentation does discuss the use of TPM 2.0 when you enable the Native Key Provider. Let’s be clear, the vCenter Server Native Key Provider does not require a TPM! If a TPM … [Read more...]

Command-line upgrade of vCenter fails with Test transaction failed to update packages error

I have various test environments, and one of my environments I was testing the command-line upgrade of vCenter Server. Now, most of my environments we tend to use for destructive testing and strange update/upgrade scenarios, so we hit some strange issues every now and then. While I was doing the command-line based … [Read more...]

Updating VCSA and hitting the error Test RPM transaction failed

I was updating my environment to vCenter Server 7.0 U2c, while going through the process I got this error that says “Test RPM transaction failed”. Below is the screenshot of the error. if you click “resume” you then, unfortunately, get stuck in an infinite loop. The only way to get out of the … [Read more...]

Upgrade to vCenter Server 7.0U2 fails at stage 2: “The source disk ‘/’ is too small to fit the export requirements”

Today a short post on a VMware Knowledge Base article that was published recently. It’s about a failure to upgrade your vCenter Server to 7.0 update 2. The upgrade fails with the message: “Insufficient space on the source export partition ‘/’ to accomodate all the data for upgrade data option … [Read more...]

Adding static routes to a vCenter Server with multiple Network Interface Cards (NICs)

For a Disaster Recovery (DR) site, I designed a separate isolated VMware Horizon environment. The Center Server has an external (eth0) and internal (eth1) IP address. The external connection is for example for management and restoring production VMs to this DR environment. The internal connection is for Horizon … [Read more...]

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...]