PEX Recap - Time for VCDX!

On the 14th I returned from VMware PEX in San Francisco, California and man, what a trip. First of all if you haven't been to San Francisco, the city itself is worth the trip. Extremely hilly, but full of delicious food, great coffee, wine, the arts, you name it. I consider myself a bit of a pizza snob being from very near New Haven, CT which is basically Mecca for the pizza lover. However, my friend and co-worker Tom Queen outshines me in this discipline to an exponential degree, and he had nothing but positive things to say about the…

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vSphere 5.5 Web Client Console - Works in Windows not in OSX - vCenter Storage Appliance

Quick post cause my googling didn't point me in the right direction but as usual Jason Nash did. Had an issue with the vSphere 5.5 web client on the VCSA in my lab where it would launch from a Windows machine but not from an OSX machine even with the plugin installed on the Mac. Here's what I saw when it was broken. Turns out it's am issue with the environment variables for JAVA_HOME on the VCSA. This KB article walks you through fixing it, but doesn't mention the case where it works in Windows but not in…

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My VCAP-DCA experience

On December 3rd of last year I took the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Administration exam. For those of you that know me, I thought for sure I had failed it for sure. I didn't finish all the questions, I wasn't 100% sure I had done the ones I did finish completely and correctly. Essentially, I had moved on and assumed I was going to have to retest. On December 12th I received an email notification that I had passed. Needless to say I was ecstatic and so was the rest of my office because they no…

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VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices won't start - vCenter 5.1

I ran into an interesting issue at the tail end of a project not to long ago. Updated a customer's vCenter and his Hosts from 4.1 to 5.1, which amazingly enough went off without a hitch. We were about to head out when I realized that the Management Webservices weren't started. Although not a big deal I definitely wanted it sorted out so that he was able to view all his performance graphs and whatnot within the vSphere client. If you are too short on time for my horror story, just read the TLDR bullets at the end…

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SQLing my way around the "Authorization Exception" Domain Logon Error in vSphere 5.1

Here's the situation. A customer had some AD issues related to botched DCs that were incorrectly P2V'd for whatever reason. As a result the customer had to open a trouble ticket with Microsoft and forcibly remove the DCs from AD as DCPROMO was not working properly. All then seemed to be well, there were some residual DNS and DHCP quirks to be worked out but things were improving. When suddenly any attempt to log into vCenter resulted in an "Authorization Exception" error. This is vSphere 5.1, which of course means the dreaded Single Sign On. Here is…

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Frozen \ Hung Console - VMware vSphere 5.1 - Horizon View 5.2

Ran across an interesting issue this week and thought I would share the solution since I was not able to easily find anything via Google.Shout out to¬†@thombrown for helping me figure this one out. Basically, what would happen was that on one specific pool, if a user was logged in via PCOIP to a view desktop, the console on in vSphere would appear frozen at a login screen or at the legal disclaimer. This was frustrating for the customer because the vSphere console was what they were using to shadow user sessions. The admin could move their mouse…

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vSphere 5.1 VMware Tools Upgrade on XenDesktop Streamed VM (PVS 6.1) - Part II

Background First off, sorry for the delay folks. I have been getting a ton of positive feedback on part 1 and to be honest I just have not had time to blog like I used to. I am doing my best to make sure that I am more diligent about it from here on out, but I need you guys to keep motivating me! Anyhow, here's where we left off. I had just successfully reverse-imaged my vDisk back to my utility vm and booted the utility vm to the VMDK with the vDisk attached as a second drive. The vDisk…

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