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This post will be a short walkthrough on how to create a tenant in vRealize Automation 7. After you complete the initial installation of vRA, you have the default tenant that is created. The default tenant is not where we want to create and deploy any services. The default tenant should be used for creating other tenants and defining other administrators. To begin creating our first tenant we must first log into our default tenant. Navigate to https://FQDN or IP of vRA appliance/ and login with the administrator account that was created during installation

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I’ve really come to appreciate more and more the VCSA. One of the times that I really appreciate it, is when it’s time to apply patches/updates to it. This post is just a simple….and I do mean simple…look at how to update your external PSC and then your VCSA when there’s a new update from VMware.

First things first….make sure you have a good backup of your VCSA and PSC. Also I recommend taking a snapshot of your PSC and VCSA but without preserving the VM’s memory state.

Then login into your PSC using the root account at https:// <FQDN or IP of appliance>:5480. Once logged in, go under the Update section.

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Picking up from where we left off, in our last post, we deployed the NSX Edge Appliance and created interfaces to connect to each of our logical switches to allow for communication between the VMs on each logical switch. In this post we will configure OSPF as our dynamic routing protocol between the edge appliance and the logical router.

Navigate to Networking & Security>NSX Edges. Double click the Edge Router. Under Manage>Routing>Global Configuration click Edit by Dynamic Routing Configuration.

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In this post we will be deploying an additional Edge Services Gateway (ESG) so that we can take advantage of Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) from the distributed logical router to the ESG. The advantage of using ECMP is that you can split the traffic from VMs evenly between the ESGs and have multiple bidirectional links. Let’s get started configuring!

Navigate to Networking & Security > NSX Edges and click the green + to begin deploying a new ESG.

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Picking up from where we left off in our last post, we will be configuring routing between the physical network and the virtual network by means of the NSX Edge Services Gateway appliance.

A little backgroud about the NSX Edge:

NSX Edge provides network edge security and gateway services to isolate a virtualized network. The NSX Edge gateway connects isolated, stub networks to shared (uplink) networks by providing common gateway services such as DHCP, VPN, NAT, dynamic routing, and Load Balancing. Common deployments of NSX Edge include in the DMZ, VPN Extranets, and multi-tenant Cloud environments where the NSX Edge creates virtual boundaries for each tenant.

So to begin, we need to deploy a NSX edge appliance. We do this by navigating to Networking & Security > NSX Edges and clicking the green +

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In our last post, we deployed our logical switches and tested L2 connectivity between VMs on the same logical switch. As mentioned in that post, in order to allow communication between logical switches, we will need to deploy and configure a distributed logical router. That’s what we will be going over in this post.

First navigate to Networking & Security > NSX Edges and make sure the correct NSX manager is selected. Click the green +.

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Continuing from where we left off with deploying NSX controllers and preparing our hosts for NSX, now its time to deploy a logical switch and add virtual machines to it. A logical switch can be looked at as a logical broadcast domain to which virtual machines can be connected to. The segment IDs that are associated with them can be looked at as VLAN tags for logical switches. Each logical switch will have its own segment ID or VXLAN Network Identifier (VNI) assigned to it from the segment ID pool that was created under the Host Preparation tab.

To deploy a logical switch, navigate to Networking & Security > Logical Switches and click the green + symbol.

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AHTML5-Fling-iconfter much feedback and success coming from the ESXi Embedded Host Client, VMware Labs has decided to release a HTML5 Web Client Fling. The web client in itself is packed with a lot of features, so this first release will only have some of the more common features and actions that are used.

Here are a list of the features/workflows that are available in this release:

  • VM Power Operations (common cases)
  • VM Edit Settings (simple CPU, Memory, Disk changes)
  • VM Console
  • VM and Host Summary pages
  • VM Migration (only to a Host)
  • Clone to Template/VM
  • Create VM on a Host (limited)
  • Additional monitoring views (Performance charts, Tasks, Events)
  • Global Views (Recent tasks, Alarm-view only)

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The web client fling has been packaged as a OVA file, so it can be easily deployed within your existing vSphere 6.0 environments.

System Requirements:

  • 2 vCPU, 4 GB RAM, 14 GB
  • vCenter 6.0 installation (VCSA or Windows). The H5 client appliance will need 4 GB RAM, 2 vCPUs and the hard disk will grow up to 14 GB.
  • Recommended browsers – Chrome, Firefox, IE11. Others may work, with some functional or layout issues. Window vCenter: Was tested with a vCenter on Windows Server 2012 R2, but should work with other versions as well.

Since these are the early stages of this Fling, VMware is seeking feedback from customers using it. Check out the VMTN page to give your feedback. Also you can share your thoughts on social media using #h5client.

 

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So, I was rebuilding my lab yesterday…getting ready to begin studying for the VCAP exams…and after building the vCenter server, I go to log in for the first time and get this…

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Now I just know that I’m typing in the password correctly. I mean, I did just make it 10 minutes prior to this! But whatever the case, I can’t get in. So now I need to reset the password on the SSO admin account. Here are the steps to do just that. Read Full Article