Ansible/VMware modules - first steps

Ansible is a well known software to automates software provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment. In concrete terms, it’s possible to manage infrastructure deployment and configuration during life cycle from sets of configuration files. In the following post, I will try to explain how to use it with some VMware modules from ansible installation to the management of a vCenter based infrastructure. Ansible installation Ansible usage with VMware vCenter Inventory Playbook Dynamic input for some...

VMware - VCSA 6.5u0 or PSC appliance - change SCSI block timeout

In a previous post, I’ve already talk about an issue occuring in a lab environment with vCSA 6.5u0 and PSC appliance : VCSA or PSC appliance won’t boot after hard shutdown. As the issue became more regular with time, I tried to figure out the root cause of those events. As system’s logs reports SCSI timeout on write operations, I remember myself that the default 30 seconds timeout could be insufficient in some virtualized environment....

VMware - Patch the vCloud Director cacerts file

When you install a VMware vCloud Director instance, it comes with an embedded JRE (Java Runtime Environment). For example, vCloud Director includes JRE 1.8.0_121 : $VCLOUD_HOME/jre/bin/java -version java version "1.8.0_121" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_121-b13) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.121-b13, mixed mode) JRE includes it’s own keystore for trusted SSL certificates, the cacerts file. This file is depending on both oracle/Java and VMware/vCloud releasing and if your certification authority root certificate isn’t...

VMware - Explore vCloud Director catalog publishing feature

VMware introduced in version 5.5 of vCloud Director, a feature to externaly expose catalogs and if necessary, to subscribe to an externaly exposed one. This is useful to synchronize catalog between two (or more) vCloud Director instances. Basic usage Publish a Catalog to an External Organization Subscribe to an External Catalog Feed Exploring the catalog content What is behind the shared URI List items Download files from catalog Basic usage The two following sections are...

VMware - VCSA or PSC appliance won't boot after hard shutdown

I started using the VMware Photon based appliances to deploy vCenter services (VCSA) and PSC with the 6.5 version several months ago. It’s really stable and I appreciate to use it daily and to replace the windows based services with the appliance ones. But a couple of days ago, I had a bad suprise in a lab environment where 2 PSC instances were unable to boot after a hard power-off. Here is a screenshot of...