Category: vCenter

vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1c Out

A few days ago VMware released a minor update to vCenter to bring it up to vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1c. The update applies to both the Windows and vCenter Server appliance deployment models. If you are using vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), then you will want this update. Update 1c...

vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 15: Install vCenter

The previous 14 installments have all been leading up to this, installing vCenter. Yes, we are finally here. In this post we install vCenter, the windows vSphere client, fix profile driven storage, and configure vCenter to support a clustered SQL database. This post is not the end of the road,...

vSphere 5.5 Install Pt. 5: SSL Deep Dive

Now that you've read up on upgrade best practices and SSO enhancements in the first four installments, we can get to the fun stuff! Understanding vCenter 5.5 SSL certificates. Ok maybe not fun for all, but fun to me. Last year in my 5.1 install series I just plowed right into...

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VMware SSL pain? vCert Manager to the Rescue

One of the most critical aspects to securing your VMware vSphere environment is replacing the self-signed certificates with trusted certificates. VSS Labs is releasing a new product, called vCert Manager, which will vastly improve the SSL certificate management experience for VMware customers. Over the years I've written several articles detailing...

VMware ESXi 5.1 Patches Released

Hot off the presses are some ESXi 5.1 patches. This build of ESXi 5.1 (1157734) fixes several bugs and more importantly addresses some security issues. As always in any environment, please test out the patches thoroughly before putting them into production. Each environment is unique, and issues may surface that could cause you some headaches. These...

Create Windows CA VMware Certificate Template

In any enterprise environment, small or large, you should always used trusted SSL certificates for your VMware components. Very commonly people want to use a Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA). But, VMware requires certain properties be present in the SSL certificate to properly function. So you need to create a custom...

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