Get ESXi Version and CPU Model via PowerCLI

January 10, 2018 Jordansphere VMware

Script: The following script will report the name, version, server hardware and CPU model of all ESXi hosts in the vCenter.   get-vmhost | select Name, @{N='ESXi version';E={"$($_.Version) $($_.Build)"}}, @{N='ESXi Hardware';E={"$($_.ExtensionData.Hardware.SystemInfo.Vendor) $($_.ExtensionData.Hardware.SystemInfo.Model)"}}, @{N='ESXi CPU Type';E={$_.ProcessorType}}   Output:


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.   


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  


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 ( New SSO Server:        sso02.jordansphere.co.uk ( vCenter Server:           vCenter.jordansphere.co.uk ( 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 […]


Retrospectively Check which VMs Migrated during HA Failover

October 23, 2017 Jordansphere VMware

Issue: An ESXi server crashed invoking HA. I wanted to check which VMs had restarted and on what host so I could check they were functioning correctly.   Resolution: Thanks to my colleague for the following PowerCLI script: PowerCLI C:\> Connect-VIServer -Server {your_vcenter} -User {your_username} -Password {your_password} PowerCLI C:\> $Date = Get-Date PowerCLI C:\> $HAVMrestartold […]


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