Top vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) troubleshooting commands

During the configuration and troubleshooting of vCenter Server Appliances (VCSA) I maintain a list of commands that I frequently use. This list contains my top configuration and troubleshooting VCSA commands: Enable access the Bash shell: shell.set --enabled true Permanently configure the default Shell to BASH … [Read more...]

Firefox does not trusts vCenter signed CA certificates

For a vCenter Server environment I replaced the default SSL certificates with CA signed SSL certificates. The Platform Service Controller (PSC) is configured as VMCA subordinate CA. When opening the vSphere Web/HTML5 Client, Firefox displays the following warning: Your connection is not secure. This is because Firefox … [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...]

What is my vCSA PNID?

The vCenter Server Appliance Primary Network Identifier (vCSA PNID) is an identifier that is used during the initial configuration of vCenter Server Appliance. You might seen it as the guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.pnid string if you ever deployed a vCenter Server Appliance on VMware Workstation of Fusion. You might also … [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...]

VMware: Updating vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 to Update 1

Current build VMware vCenter Server 6.0.0 2776510, vSphere client 6.0.0 2741530   Note: Supported upgrade paths to VCSA 6.0 U1 include from 5.1 U3 & 5.5. While on the topic of upgrades, going from VCSA 6.0 to 6.0 U1 is quite simple. First, you’ll need a patch ISO, which can be found on here. You […] The … [Read more...]

VMware: Updating vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 to Update 1

Current build VMware vCenter Server 6.0.0 2776510, vSphere client 6.0.0 2741530   Note: Supported upgrade paths to VCSA 6.0 U1 include from 5.1 U3 & 5.5. While on the topic of upgrades, going from VCSA 6.0 to 6.0 U1 is quite simple. First, you’ll need a patch ISO, which can be found on here. You […] … [Read more...]

The new way to patch the vCenter Server Appliance 6

The patching process in vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) version 6 is changed from previous versions. It is not possible anymore to use the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) and update the appliance using the User Interface. The new way to patch the vCenter Server Appliance involves the following … [Read more...]

How to deploy vCenter Server Appliance with external Platform Services Controller

In one of my previous posts we had a closer look on how to upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance from version 5.5 to version 6.0. This upgrade procedure described the upgrade process of the vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller (PSC) but doesn’t provide an upgrade or migration process if … [Read more...]

Deploy VCSA 6.0 firstboot error

Advertise here with BSAI was doing some tests in my lab and while deploying a new VCSA 6.0 I received an error that firstboot was unsuccessful. Not really a great error message if you ask me but okay. I had already validated DNS twice before I got started, but I checked it again just in case… DNS was all good, … [Read more...]