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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PCIe Parallel Port Passthrough w/ VMware Workstation 9

My neighbor Dave works for  they are a small shop out of Sparta, TN and their infrastructure is very minimal since they don't really have a dedicated IT Pro. The other day they asked me where to find a hardware capable of running Windows 98. Needless to say I was a little surprised. After further inquiry it turns out they use a legacy app to control the ovens that they use to mold their kayaks. It only runs on Win98, and it requires a serial port to connect to the oven. I suggested compatibility mode but they swore that hey…

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UCS - Persist WWNN & WWPN With New Service Profile From Template

I have been looking for an excuse to blog about something other than CloudGateway and thankfully, I finally found it today (aww c'mon Citrix, you know I love you baby). I had someone ask me how they could create a new Service Profile from a Service Profile template while retaining the WWNN and WWPNs from their existing profile. The reason behind this was that the old profile was no longer going to be used, but it was already zoned into the SAN. So if we could duplicate the WWNN and WWPNs we wouldn't have to zone the new profile into…

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Back Home, Varrow, and NetScalers... oh my?

That was a long blogging break wasn't it? I just realized I haven't posted here in 7 months. I have an excuse for 4 of them: I was at the Signal Basic Officer Leadership course at Fort Gordon, GA. It was a good learning experience, I got my Security+, improved my public speaking skills, made some good friends, and learned quite a bit about satellite and radio communications. Since returning home, I've also completed the first half of my CCNA - becoming CCENT certified in the process. I've been working at , a VAR in Greensboro since July and I am…

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