Official VMware Visio Stencils & Icons – Update

I have been writing documentation for some time but it has always bothered me that there has been no official Visio Stencils, Draw.io or other Icons for the documentation of VMware solutions. There are some unofficial icon set sources out there and there are a few official product diagrams available but...

How to setup Snapshot alarms in vSphere

This is a quick post to demonstrate custom alarms in the vSphere client. As far back as I remember, you have been able to customize alarms in vSphere. In every new vSphere release you will likely find new alarm definitions which you can use to alert you of specific issues...

Renewing your VCSA web certificate automatically

In this article I've provided a script which can be used to replace the default SSL certificate on your VCSA with a new signed certificate by your enterprise certificate authority. Further, you can also use this same script to replace your signed certificate, prior to it expiring. Background The manual...

How to sign your vCenter Server SSL Certificate

A signed SSL certificate for vCenter server is crucial for maintaining confidentiality, integrity, and trust in the management and operation of virtualized environments. An SSL certificate provides secure communication between the vCenter server and your web browser. This ensures that sensitive data, such as login credentials and administrative commands, are...

How to Deploy & Configure VMware vSphere Replication 8.7

Overview vSphere Replication is included with vCenter Server Standard. It's a useful virtual machine replication tool to replicate virtual machines from within a source vCenter Server to a remote vCenter Server for DR purposes. It can also be used as a migration tool. In this guide, we will run through...

Upgrade your VMware vCenter Server to 8.0 Update 1

The easiest way to apply a patch to vCenter Server is via the built-in Update planner. This article will go through using Update Planner which is mostly valuable for the built-in interoperability checker, ensuring all your VMware solutions support the target VCSA version. In my lab, there was an issue...

Black Friday Deals on VMware Software – 30% Discount

VMware has announced up to 30% off their most popular software products. This includes the latest versions of: Fusion Pro & Player Workstation Pro & Player vSphere Essentials, Essentials +, Standard & Enterprise Discount Links 30% off Fusion Pro & Player 30% off Workstation Pro & Player 15% off vSphere...

VMware vCenter Converter – Getting Started

You may recall earlier this year that VMware pulled the vCenter Converter software from it's website. For some time there was speculation if the software which many of us have relied upon in the past would come back. Fortunately this week VMware released vCenter Converter version 6.3. Download & Installation...

How to correctly Backup & Restore VMware vCenter Server (VCSA) 8

Rather than using external backup solutions, VMware highly recommend that you take a file-level backup of the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Fortunately, VMware has backup functionality of the VCSA built into the solution, meaning no external software, licenses or dependencies are required. Backing up the VMware VCSA via VAMI Login...
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