Thursday, November 30, 2023

vCenter Server Profile


vCenter Server Profile

What is a vCenter Profile? A vCenter Server Profile it is a tool introduced in 7.0 that creates a template from a known-good vCenter Server from which vCenter Server profiles may be created and applied.

The .json file can be copied to the target VCs, ensuring that they all inherit the same configuration settings, similar to a host profile for esxi hosts.

Step 1: Click on the home page of the vSphere Client and select Developer Center.

Step 2: Select your vCenter Server if necessary.

Step 3: On the top right, replace the word vcenter for appliance.

Step 4: Using the filtering capability, type profile to find infraprofile/configs.

Step 5: Expand infraprofile/configs and click on POST (in green) next to /api/appliance ...

Step 6: Click on Execute and Continue.

Step 7: Click on Download and save the resulting .json file in your favorite directory.

Friday, September 22, 2023

The M.O.B.

Using the M.O.B. to configure a VMware Tools Repository.

1. Launch a browser and point to the fully qualified name of your vcenter followed by /mob and log into the vcenter server using administrator@vsphere.local and your current password.

2. Once you log into the vcenter server, click on the word content.

3. Once you click on content, this is what you expect to see.

4. Press Control F and search for "datacenter". Click on the name "group-dX" next to (datacenters)

5. Click on the word datacenter-X next to the name of your datacenter (sa-datacenter)

6. Press Control F and type "host". Click on the word group-hX next to (host)

7. If your host is in a cluster, do a search for "domain" and click on the domain -cX next to your cluster (sa-production-01)

8. Find the host that you want to modify and click on host-XX next to your hostname

9. Do a search for "productLocker" and click on UpdateProductLocerLocation Task.

10. Next to String, point to the new location of your vmtoolsRepo using a full path. The change does NOT require a reboot. This can also be achieved via advance setttings; however, that would require a reboot.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

vSAN ESA Raid 1

 vSAN ESA Raid 1

2 way mirror vm

The perf leg is a two way mirror

The cap leg is redundant and striped

3 way mirror vm

The perf leg is a three way mirror

The cap leg is redundant and striped

4 way mirror vm

The perf leg is a four way mirror

The cap leg is redundant and striped

vSAN ESA Raid 5 and Raid 6

 vSAN ESA RAID 5 and RAID 6 vms

Note: The layout of the cap leg varies depending on the number of hosts.

Raid 5 vm with 8 hosts

The perf leg is a two way mirror.

The cap leg is Raid 5

Raid 6 vm with 8 hosts

The perf leg is a three way mirror.

The cap leg is Raid 6

Monday, May 1, 2023

VCLS and Retreat Mode

Activating Retreat Mode

New as of vSphere 7.0U1

Step 1: Select the cluster that needs to go into retreat mode.

Step 2: Look at the url of the cluster and document the four digits that follow domain-c word

Step 3: Select your vCenter Server and go to Configure

Step 4: Add an advance setting called config.vcls.clusters.domain-c????.enabled 

Step 5: In the value column, Add the word False

          Step 6: Click on ADD and then click on SAVE 



This change will automatically shut down and then delete these virtual machines.

For more information:

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

vSAN object related commands

 vSAN is an object based file system. Although typically monitored via the vSphere Client, there are plenty of commands available to understand objects and their health. What follows are a few of these commands.

1. esxcli vsan debug object list.  This command displays all of the objects and components. It also displays information about the policies used, the state of the components, their location and vote count.

2. esxcli vsan debug object health summary get. Use this command to see how many objects are healthy or not.

3. esxcli vsan debug object overview. Another command that can be used to quickly view all of the objects, size, policy used and information about healthy components.