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...]

Replacing VMware vCenter 5.1 Certificates Made Easy

The release of vCenter 5.1 added more components and therefore more certificates into the mix. Using CA signed certificates increase security, but the process of updating these certificates is currently very tedious and error prone. VMware announced the general availability of vCenter Certificate Automation Tool 1.0. … [Read more...]

vCenter 5.1 upgrade removes permissions in vCenter in non AD environment

While upgrading vCenter to 5.1 in an environment where we used local authentication on the vCenter server, we were in for a little surprise. The original vCenter server had a lot of custom roles and user permissions defind, on all kinds of objects in vCenter. When we did the upgrade, we decided to install the SSO … [Read more...]

Error 29107 when upgrading to vCenter 5.1 (and fix)

When I tried to upgrade my vCenter 5.0U1 Server to 5.1, all seemed to go well, up until the the moment vCenter tried to register with SSO. I received an error message “Error 29107. The service or solution user is already registered. Check Vm_ssoreg.log in system temporary folder for details” I checked this … [Read more...]

VMware Update Manager and Scratch Partition

A couple of weeks ago I came across a similar problem as in my previous post with update manager, this was a different problem however: I took another shot at examining the logfiles of vCenter Update Manager on the vCenter Server aiming at confirming the issue with the metadata at “C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Update … [Read more...]

Scan failed with vCenter Update Manager

Some time ago I was at a customer who planned to rollout some patches using VMware vCenter Update Manager on ESXi hosts. First scan went OK, but stage and remediate complained about not able to reach the download location. Next I ran down a simple checklist. Does the host (or all) have [...] … [Read more...]

Restoring the default vCenter Server alarms

I’ve been troubleshooting some vCenter alarms lately, which involved a lot of editing, removing and adding of alarms. After the troubleshooting I wanted to reset everything back to default and ran into VMware KB article 2009166, explaining how to restore the default vCenter Server alarms. To restore the default … [Read more...]