HCX Site Pairing failed with error “Untrusted SSL Connection”

In last post of HCX series, we deployed HCX Cloud appliance and performed basic configuration. The next step was to pair the HCX Enterprise appliance to the HCX Cloud so that we can start consuming HCX features. 

When I tried pairing the on-prem HCX to HCX Cloud, I was getting ssl connection error and site pairing task was failing.

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I was pretty sure that this is happening because of untrusted ssl certs in my lab and I was thinking that may be I need to replace the self-signed certs with the CA signed certs.  Read More

Learning HCX-Part 3-HCX Cloud Deployment & Configuration

In last post of this series, we deployed the HCX Enterprise appliance in on-premise and connected it to vCenter server, NSX manager and PSC. In this post we will deploy HCX cloud appliance in cloud side and will walkthrough basic configuration steps.

As of now, I don’t have a true cloud site but I have 2 vCenter servers in 2 location. Site A is where I deployed HCX Enterprise and Site B is where I am deploying HCX Cloud applaince. I am treating my Site B as cloud location for now.

HCX Cloud deployment is very much similar to HCX Enterprise deployment. Below slideshow walkt hrough the deployment steps. Read More

Learning HCX-Part 2-HCX Enterprise Deployment & Configuration

In first post of this series, we learnt about basics of HCX and we discussed that HCX is available in 2 versions i.e HCX Enterprise (for On-Prem) and HCX Cloud (for cloud providers).

In this post we will learn how to deploy HCX Enterprise appliance in on-prem and we will touch down on basic configuration. 

Deployment of HCX Enterprise appliance is very much similar to a standard ovf deployment of any VMware product and nothing fancy is there. Below slide show walk-through steps of deploying the appliance.  Read More

Learning HCX-Part 1: Introduction to HCX

VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (previously known as HCX technologies) was announced by VMware last year during VMworld 2017 Europe and it aimed at following use cases:

  • Simplified Data Center Migration: Seamless migration of appliactions from on-premise to cloud. 
  • Infrastructure Hybridity: Hybrid Cloud Extension enables seamless cloud on-boarding.
  • Disaster Recovery: In the event of a disaster, Hybrid Cloud Extension recovers the networking layer. Traffic routes are maintained as before the disaster, resulting in high-speed disaster recovery with low downtime.
  • Multi-Cloud Application Support: Hybrid Cloud Extension enables application components to exist in the multi-cloud world. 

So what exactly is VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension?

VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension is a SaaS offering that provides application mobility and infrastructure hybridity across different vSphere versions, on-premises and in the cloud.

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To know more HCX, please see the VMware HCX FAQ section.

VMware journey from HCM to HCX

Before HCX solution, VMware offered a similar product named “Hybrid Cloud Manager (HCM) ” to support their vCloud Air service. Customers were using HCM to migrate workloads from their on-premise to vCloud Air using HCM. Also it offered features like L2 network stretch, cold migration and vMotion to cloud. Read More

Exploring vSphere 6.7-Part-3: VUM What’s New And Feature Walkthrough Using HTML5 Client

With the release of vSphere 6.5, vSphere Update Manager (VUM) was inegrated with VCSA which made customers very happy as we no longer needed an additional windows server for installing VUM.  

With vSphere 6.7, VMware integraded few of the VUM funtionality in the new HTML5 client. Not all the features are available in HTML5 client and few features like VUM configuration changes, VMware tools upgrade etc can only be performed via vSphere Web Client (flash).

VMware is working hard on incorporating all the VUM features in the new HTML5 client as soon as possible and we might see them in upcoming updates of vSphere 6.7. Isn’t it exciting to get rid of flash based Web Client (yeah screw that VMware !!!) Read More

Exploring vSphere 6.7-Part-2-Installing and Configuring VCSA

In last post of this series we installed Esxi host and navigated around the HTML client to explor various options. In this post we will deploy VCSA host and will explore the new vSphere Client (HTML based).

Like Esxi host, installation of VCSA 6.7 has not much changed from previous version. Only the UI has become a slight better. I have outlined the steps in below slideshow.

Deploying VCSA

Once the Stage 1 of VCSA deployment completes, hit Continue to trigger the second stage of deployment to configure NTP settings and SSO domain configuration. Read More

Exploring vSphere 6.7-Part-1-Installing and Configuring Esxi

vSphere 6.7 was announced by VMware just a day before their 20th foundaton day i.e yesterday. Although this release isn’t as feature-packed as the previous release, but still a lot of enhancements are introduced such as:

  • Instant clone API
  • Quick Boot of Esxi 
  • Per-VM EVC
  • VM Hardware version 14 introduced

I have not tested these features yet so I am not writing in detail about these. The best way to learn and test the new features introduced is to deploy stuffs in lab and start playing around and hence the first post of this series is dedicated to installing Esxi host.

This post will be covered in 2 parts where in first part I will demonstrate installation of Esxi host and in second part we will explore the vSphere Client (HTML based) to configure basic stuffs.  Read More

Installing PowerShell/PowerCLI on RHEL 7

Today I was reading about influxDB and Grafana as I am planning to deploy it in my lab to monitor my vSphere infrastructure and while going through the installation/configuration steps, I stumbled on one step where we needed to have powercli installed on the box where grafana is installed.

Since I am planning to deploy the influxdb/grafana on my centos 7 box, I started looking for how to configure PowerCLI on top of unix variants. Read few articles and finally deployed it my lab.

PowerShell Core v6.0 was released few days ago by Microsoft with support for Windows, Linux, and MacOS. Around same time, VMware released PowerCLI 10.0 which is VMware’s “PowerShell-like” utility. PowerShell version for linux can be downloaded from here Read More

DRS/SDRS Affinity & Anti-Affinity Rules

Although there are 1000 of articles written on this topic, purpose of writing this article is to cover few objectives of VCAP6-Deploy exam. When I published my VCAP6 study guide, few topics I left purposefully as I had planned to write them later when I get some time.

So in this post we will be discussing about DRS & SDRS affinity/anti-affinity rules. 

Affinity Rules – VM to VM

Affinity rules are used by DRS to keep 2 virtual machines always running together. Affinity rules are generally used to keep virtual machines toether which have dependency on each other. Read More

VCAP6-DCV Deploy Study Guide

Section 1 – Create and Deploy vSphere 6.x Infrastructure Components

Objective 1.1 – Perform Advanced ESXi Host Configuration

Objective 1.2 – Deploy and Configure Core Management Infrastructure Components

Objective 1.3 – Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components

Objective 1.4 – Perform Advanced Virtual Machine Configurations

Section 2 – Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Storage Infrastructure

Objective 2.1 – Implement Complex Storage Solutions

Objective 2.2 – Manage Complex Storage Solutions Read More

Back To Basics: Migrating from vSS to vDS in vSphere 6

In this post we will see how to migrate from vSphere Standard Swith to vSphere Distributed Switch. Let’s get started.

Before performing any migration, make sure you have a vDS deployed and fully configured i.e portgroups created, uplinks created, appropriate uplinks placed in respective portgroups.

Here is a review of my environment.

1: I have a vDS created and different port groups for separation of duties. 

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2: Uplinks created and meaningfully named.

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3: Teaming and Failover configured. Each of the portgroup in my lab have only one active uplink. Rest of them I have placed in unused.  Read More

VCAP6-DCV Deploy Objective 3.1

In this post we will cover following topics:

  • Create and manage vSS components according to a deployment plan:
    • VMkernel ports on standard switches
    • Advanced vSS settings
    Configure TCP/IP stack on a host Create a custom TCP/IP stack Configure and analyze vSS settings using command line tools

    Lets get started by going through each topic one by one.

                                              Create and Manage vSphere Standard Switch

    When Esxi is installed, a standard switch aka vSS is also created by default. Working mechanism of a standard switch is very similar to a physical switch in the sense that a standard switch works at layer 2, forwards frames to other switch ports based on the MAC address, and supports features such as VLANs and port channels. Read More

My VCAP6-DCA Deploy (3V0-623) Exam Experience

I haven’t blogged for quite a bit of time as I was busy in my VCAP6-Deploy exam and finally I passed my exam last saturday. There is a lot of things which I want to share about my exam experience and the things I learned during my preprations. 

I passed my VCP 6 exam back in june 2017 and since then a strong feeling about going for VCAP exam started darting every now and then in my mind. I have few certifications but none of them were advance level and this thought pumped me up for going for this exam. Read More

How To Perform LUN Masking in vSphere 6

What is Lun Masking?

LUN masking is a way to control which LUNs to be made visible to Esxi host. If you have a storage array with multiple LUN’s and you want that an Esxi host should only be seeing a subset of LUN’s and not all, you can use lun masking technique.

Lun masking is totally opposite of lun zoning, where the storage array configuration determines which LUNs are visible to a host.

Last year I was doing a lab on vSphere Replication setup and wanted a subset of LUN’s from my openfiler appliance to be visible in my source site and remaining lun’s in my protected site. That was the first time when I felt need for masking the paths to storage array so that all my Esxi host from both sites, should not be seeing/mounting all the Lun’s which I created on my openfiler appliance. Read More

VCAP6-DCV Deploy Objective 2.3

Objective 2.3 of VCAP6-Deploy exam covers following topics

  • Analyze and resolve storage multi-pathing and failover issues
  • Troubleshoot storage device connectivity
  • Analyze and resolve Virtual SAN configuration issues
  • Troubleshoot iSCSI connectivity issues
  • Analyze and resolve NFS issues
  • Troubleshoot RDM issues

Lets discuss each topic one by one

                               Analyze and resolve storage multi-pathing and failover issues

There can be hundreds of reason for multipathing and failover issues and troubleshooting these issues comes with experience only. Issues with multipathing can be because of issues on storage side (SAN Switch, Fibre configuration etc)  or from vSphere side. In this post we will focus only on vSphere side troubleshooting. Read More