Exploring vSphere 6.5 API-Part 1: Datacenter & Cluster

I am using API for quite a bit now in our prod environment which is based on vCloud Director and many times API’s had proved a handy way to troubleshoot issues where GUI was not providing a way to proceed.

Inspired by vCD API’s, i decided to test that in my vSphere 6.5 lab and in this post I will try to demonstrate few queries which can be helpful in fetching info in your infrastructure.

In my lab I am exploring REST API’s using a linux tool called curl.

1: You can browse list of API’s by browsing https://vc-fqdn/ and clicking on “Browse vSphere Rest API’s” read more

Replacing vSphere 6 Solution user certificates with CA signed certificates

In our last post Replacing Esxi 6 SSL Certificates we learned how to replace Esxi host default certificates with CA signed certificates. In this post we will learn how to replace vSphere 6 solution user certificates with customer certificates signed by CA.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series, then you can read them from below links

1: Setup CA Server for vSphere Lab

2: Set Up Automatic Certificate Enrollment

3: Request Internal Certificate from CA Server

4: Everything You Should Know About Certificate Management in vSphere 6 read more

vSphere-6:Part 10-Configuring vSphere Update Manager

In last post of this series we learnt how to install VUM and discussed why we need VUM and how it can simplify the update and upgrades in a large infrastructure and thus make life of a VMware admin easy.

In this post we will see how to configure various settings in VUM and how to create baselines and attach the baselines to host/cluster and then how to remediate hosts.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6 read more

vSphere-6:Part 9-Installing vSphere Update Manager

In last post of this series we have seen how to add Esxi hosts to domain and how to configure Esxi host to reach iSCSI storage.

In this post we will learn how to install and configure vSphere Update Manager.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6

2: vSphere 6-Lab Setup

3: Installing and Configuring Esxi Server 6

4: Installing vCenter 6

5: Enabling AD Authentication for vCenter Server

6: vCenter Server 6 Basic Configuration read more

vSphere-6:Part 8-Configuring Esxi Hosts Settings

In last post of this series we have seen how to create and configure  dvswitch and portgroups on dvswitch and how to migrate networking from Standard switch to dvSwitch.

In this post we will see how to configure basic esxi host settings.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6

2: vSphere 6-Lab Setup

3: Installing and Configuring Esxi Server 6

4: Installing vCenter 6

5: Enabling AD Authentication for vCenter Server read more

vSphere-6:Part 7-Configuring dvSwitch & Port groups

In last post of this series we have seen how to configure and install licenses for vCenter Server and Esxi hosts. Also we have performed some basic tasks like creating Datacenter/Cluster and adding hosts to cluster.

In this post we will see how to configure networking in vCenter Server.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6

2: vSphere 6-Lab Setup

3: Installing and Configuring Esxi Server 6

4: Installing vCenter 6 read more

vSphere-6:Part 6-vCenter Server Basic Configuration

In last 2 post of this series we learnt how to install vCenter Server 6 on Server 2012 and how to enable AD authentication for SSO so that your domain users can login to vCenter server and manage it.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6

2: vSphere 6-Lab Setup

3: Installing and Configuring Esxi Server 6

4: Installing vCenter 6

5: Enabling AD Authentication for vCenter Server

In this post we will touch down on basic tasks that needs to configure vCenter before we can start using it in Lab/Production. Steps included in this post are typically for Lab environment and you might need to perform some additional tasks before your prod vCenter goes live. read more

vSphere-6:Part 5-Adding AD Authentication in vCenter Server

In last post of this series we learnt how to install vCenter Server 6 on Server 2012. I am new to vSphere 6 so at beginning I had kept things simple and installed vCenter and PSC on a single machine (embedded mode) and also used embedded vPostgres database.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6

2: vSphere 6-Lab Setup

3: Installing and Configuring Esxi Server 6

4: Installing vCenter 6

Earlier vCenter Server was holding the SSO component, but in vSphere 6 it is included as part of PSC. The Platform Services Controller contains the shared services that support vCenter Server and vCenter Server components. read more

vSphere-6:Part 4-Install vCenter Server 6

In last post of this series we had learnt how to install Esxi server 6 and we found installation of Esxi 6 hypervisor has not changed much and it is pretty much same as like previous version.

If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6

2: vSphere 6-Lab Setup

3: Installing and Configuring Esxi Server 6

In this post I’m going to walk you through the installation of VMware vCenter Server 6.0. The way vCenter server was installed in past has now changed big times. Earlier we had a choice to install SSO, Inventory Service, vCenter Server and Web-Client all on same machine or have a distributed architecture where all components were spread across multiple servers. read more

vSphere-6:Part 3-Install and Configure Esxi 6

In last 2 post of this series we discussed overview of vSphere 6 and looked closely on components required for building a vSphere 6 lab at home. If you have missed earlier posts of this series then you can access the same by clicking on below links:

1: Introduction to vSphere 6

2: vSphere 6-Lab Setup

In this post we will look into installation of Esxi 6. I am using  Esxi version 6.0 update01 (Build 3073146) in my lab for this purpose.

Installation of Esxi has not changed much and its very similar to version 5.5. I am installing Esxi 6 in VMware Workstation on my local SATA hard disk but you may consider other options such as running Esxi host from USB disk or running stateless Esxi host with use of auto deploy. read more

vSphere-6:Part 2-Lab Setup

In my previous post vSphere 6-Introduction  we discussed a little bit about vSphere 6 and looked on what new features have been added in vSphere 6 along with change in configuration maximums. We also had a look on change in vCenter Server architecture and improvements in VMware Web-Client.

In this post we will have a look on the pieces which are required to build a vSphere 6 lab. With this let’s get started.

Hardware Component

I have a Dell M4800 Mobile workstation laptop with 32 GB of RAM and i7 Quad Core processor. I am running all the lab components inside VMware Workstation. read more

vSphere-6:Part 1-Introduction

As part of my preparation for VCP6-DCV exam I have decided to start learning vSphere 6 and started setting up my lab for the same.

This will be a long series of posts where we will look into Installation, Configuration and Management of vSphere 6 components. A lot has been changed with vSphere 6 and its time to learn some new stuffs. So let’s get started.

Introduction to VMware vSphere 6.0

With Vmware vSphere 6.0 many changes are done in architecture and some new features were introduced. One of the major changes that were introduced in vSphere 6.0 was removing the dependency on inbuilt database server (MS SQL Express) by introducing vPostgres SQL as embedded database for vCenter server installation. read more