February, 2015

HA VM Monitoring for Single VM in vSphere

February 26, 2015 Jordansphere VMware

I have HA VM monitoring turned off on a specific cluster in a vSphere 5.1 environment. However, I wanted to ensure a certain VM was monitored to fit in line with an SLA. The cluster settings were disabled as expected.  To enable VM monitoring please ensure VM tools are installed and up to date.     […]


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DPI-SSL and SSL v3.0 on Sonicwall

February 25, 2015 Jordansphere Sonicwall

Scenario. I have a bespoke webserver behind a Sonicwall NSA 4500 (in HA mode) running DPI-SSL. I upgraded the webserver. This all went to plan but I couldn't access the server either via the VPN or externally.   We performed some packet traces and noticed that SSL v3.0 seemed to be initiated when connecting via the VPN or externally but […]


Upgrading vCloud Director

February 25, 2015 Jordansphere vCloud Director

In this scenario I have a single VCD cell running This will be upgraded to In my environment to fully upgrade all components to vSphere 5.5 I  have to use the following order: A) vCloud Director B) vCNS (vShield Manager) C) vCenter D) ESXi hosts E) vShield Edge Note: Please view the 'Update sequence […]


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The storage service is not initialized. Please try again later

February 23, 2015 Jordansphere MS SQL

Software:  VMware vSpehre 5.1 / SQL 2008 R2 After migrating the vCenter database from local SQL 2005 to dedicated 2008 I looked through all the vCenter logs: This appeared in the sms.log [2015-02-20 16:22:29,239 Thread-22  ERROR com.vmware.vim.common.lifecycle.InitializerExecutor] Initialization error; attempt 1202 will begin in 60 seconds… java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: java.lang.IllegalStateException: org.apache.commons.dbcp.SQLNestedException: Cannot create PoolableConnectionFactory (The connection to […]


Migrating Update Manager Database from Local SQL 2005 to Dedicated SQL 2008

February 20, 2015 Jordansphere VMware

Here are the steps I used to migrate the VMware Update Manager 5.1 database from local SQL server (2005) to a dedicated 2008 server. 1) Stop the Update Manager Services on the local machine 2) Backup the database, copy to new server then perform a restore. Ensure Overwrite the existing database (WITH REPLACE) is selected […]


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Migrating a vCenter Database from Local SQL 2005 to Dedicated SQL 2008

February 19, 2015 Jordansphere MS SQL

Scenario: I needed to upgrade vSphere from 5.1 to 5.5. Microsoft SQL 2005 is no longer supported so I needed to move the vCenter database from the local machine to dedicated SQL 2008 server before the upgrade. I also had the SSO and Update Manager Database on this local machine. Instructions for moving the SSO DB […]


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User, group or role ‘RSA_user’ already exists in the current database

February 19, 2015 Jordansphere MS SQL

Scenario: I backed up the vCenter SSO database and copied & restored it from an SQL2005 to an SQL2008 server. This worked fine but when I tried to add the user mapping I got the following:   Create failed for User 'RSA_user'. (Microsoft.SqlServer.smo) This occurred because the user I was trying to add already existed in […]


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Migrating SSO Database from SQL 2005 to SQL2008

February 19, 2015 Jordansphere VMware

I wanted to move the SSO database from the local vCenter server to a dedicated SQL 2008 server.   1) Obtain the password the RSA_DBA and RSA_user in the current using the following commands. > cd C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\SSOServer\utils > ssocli manage-secrets -a listallkeys [Enter Master password: ********] The output will show the passwords: Secrets stored […]


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What version of SQL Native Client do I have ?

February 18, 2015 Jordansphere MS SQL

In preparation for moving a 2005 SQL Database from the local vCenter server to dedicated SQL 2008 server I needed to ensure I had the SQL Native Client 10.0 driver installed. First of all I checked the current drivers on the vCenter server: I knew this wasnt the correct version as I had SQL native 10.0 driver installed on […]


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Changing [email protected] Password Fails

February 18, 2015 Jordansphere VMware

It appears the master password for [email protected] had expired on an vSphere 5.1 SSO installation. This vCenter setup was installed as a "Simple Installation" which means vCenter, SSO and the Inventory Service are all installed on a single server. First of all to reset the password you need to run the following commands (ensure the paths are correct […]


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