NSX Network and Security Tab Disappeared in vCenter

November 24, 2017 Jordansphere NSX

Issue: I noticed the Network & Security tab was not visible in a vCenter 5.5 Web Client. This had worked previously.   Troubleshooting: Upon investigation in the NSX Manager it appeared the Lookup Service URL was showing as disconnected   Resolution: To fix the issue we had to click Edit then re-enter the credentials.   

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Install Open VM Tools on CentOS 6

November 20, 2017 Jordansphere Linux

Use the following commands to install Open VM Tools (open-vm-tools) in CentOS 6   1. install EPEL repository  yum -y install epel-release   2. Install Open VM Tools yum -y install open-vm-tools   3. Start Open VM Tools service  service vmtoolsd start  

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Transfer Spooling Area is not Writable in vCloud Director

November 17, 2017 Jordansphere Linux

Issue: During a new install of vCloud Director 8.20 on Centos 6.9 the service failed to start properly for the first time.      Troubleshooting: I investigated log files # tail -f /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/logs/cell.log Output: Application Initialization: 'com.vmware.vcloud.common.core' 100% complete. Subsystem 'com.vmware.vcloud.ui-vcloud-webapp' started Application Initialization: 'com.vmware.vcloud.common.core' complete. Server is ready in 1:05 (minutes:seconds) Successfully handled all […]

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Create NFS Share in CentOS

November 16, 2017 Jordansphere Linux

This document describes the process of creating an NFS share on a fresh install of CentOS 6. I will be sharing the directory /home/share for use in a test vCloud Director environnment. I will have two servers connecting to the NFS share (10.64.51.61 and 10.64.51.62)     Firstly its always wise to run an update […]

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Renew SSL Certificates in vCloud Director

November 14, 2017 Jordansphere vCloud Director

Firstly you wil need to renew your certificates via your chosen CA. I will not delve into the instructions in the post but essentially you will need to create a .csr (my.csr) using a private key (myprivate.key) and password.  You should receive the root & intermediate files along with the certificate (my.crt). Copy these to […]

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Upgrade NSX 6.2.4 to 6.3.4 in a vCloud Environment

November 7, 2017 Jordansphere NSX

This document describes how to upgrade NSX in a VCD environment. We will be upgrading NSX from 6.2.4 -> 6.3.4 Current Components Component Version vCloud Director 8.20.0 ESXi 5.5 U3 vCenter 5.5 U3 NSX 6.2.4 Chargeback Manager 2.7.3   Check Interoperability Matrices   Pre-installation Take a clone of  NSX Manager  Take backup of NSX manager […]

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NSX Edge VPN Not Working after Upgrade from 6.2.4 to 6.3.4

November 3, 2017 Jordansphere NSX

Problem:    After an upgrade of NSX from 6.2.4 to 6.3.4 in a vCloud enivronment (8.20) several VPNs refused to connect from NSX Edges to a variety of external devices.     Troubleshooting:   We attempted disabling/re-enabling VPN, redploying the Edge (and thus upgrading to 6.3.4) and removing/add the VPN configuration. All failed. Looking at […]

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Split SSO Server in vSphere 5.5

October 24, 2017 Jordansphere VMware

Problem: Our current setup involved several vCenter 5.5 Servers poining to a single SSO server. A requirement arose which required each vCenter to point to its own SSO server.   Current SSO Server:   sso01.jordansphere.co.uk (10.0.0.1) New SSO Server:        sso02.jordansphere.co.uk (10.0.0.2) vCenter Server:           vCenter.jordansphere.co.uk (10.0.0.10) vCenter Server:      […]

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Lockdown NSX Edge SSL VPN to Specific IP Address

October 24, 2017 Jordansphere NSX

Issue: I wanted to lock down my NSX Edge Gateway SSL VPN portal to a specific IP range. As you are not allowed to put a custom rule above a system defined rule on the edge itself I needed a work around.   Resolution: In vCenter web client go to HOME -> Network & Security […]

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