PowerCLI Script to Download VM Screenshots from Datastore

Occasionally, you may need to download virtual machine files from the Datastore. For example, If vSphere HA resets virtual machines, there is a good chance just before it reset it, vSphere HA VM monitoring took a screenshot of the VM console, storing it with the VM configuration files on the Datastore. Reset by vSphere HA. Reason: VMware…

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Converge External PSC to Embedded with vCenter Enhanced Linked Mode Configured

VMware announced the deprecation of the External Platform Services Controller. vCenter Enhanced Linked Mode was only supported with the External PSC (Platform Services Controller) deployment architecture. With the release of 6.7, VMware announced a simplified vCenter SSO (Single Sign-On) domain architecture by enabling vCenter Enhanced Linked Mode support for the vCenter Server Appliance with embedded…

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vCenter 6.7 U3 Upgrade Has Limited Deployment Size options with Snapshots

I encountered an interesting issue while attempting to upgrade a vCenter 6.5 Update 2 appliance to 6.7 Update 3. I started by mounting the 6.7U3 iso, executing the installer and selecting the upgrade option. The first step was to connect to the source vCenter appliance that I was upgrading and the vCenter that was managing…

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Manually Update vCenter Server Appliance via VAMI

I decided to upgrade my home lab from vSphere 6.7 Update 1 to vSphere 6.7 Update 3. The way to do this is via the VAMI (VMware Appliance Management Interface). If your vCenter appliance has internet access this very straight forward, however, some organisations don’t allow internet connectivity, so the steps below are the simple…

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Install Free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate for your vCenter 6.7 Lab

In this post, I’ll show you how to install a valid SSL certificate for your vCenter server for FREE!. For this I’ll use a free, open-source web-based tool by ZeroSSL to generate a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate quickly and easily. Let’s Encrypt is a free open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet…

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