Virtualization Security

vSphere Upgrade Saga: Installing vCLI on RHEL 6

July 10, 2013
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When using Symantec Critical System Protection (CSP) with VMware vSphere ESXi you are required to use a collector to interact with vSphere ESXi. That collector can be of RHEL or SLES types of Linux. In my case I use RHEL 6, so need a collector that has on it at least two things: vSphere vCLI…

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vSphere upgrade saga: vCloud Director 5.1

December 17, 2012
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vCloud Director was one of the easiest upgrades but still required some VMware Knowledge Base articles to complete. As always before you do anything you need to “Read the Fine Manual”. One misstep may mean starting all over again. Read More

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vSphere upgrade saga: Upgrading to vCNS 5.1

December 12, 2012
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vCNS 5.1 replaces vShield 5.1, and if you do not add new nodes during your installation, you can easily perform all upgrades without removing any components of vShield. vCNS upgrades will upgrade all components of vShield. Read More

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vSphere Upgrade Saga: Remediate Updates when vCops or vShield in Use

April 23, 2012
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Remediation of vSphere patches when vCops and vShield is in use poses several problems. These problems came to be as I prepared myself to apply the most recent set of updates. Actually my first updates since moving to vSphere 5. The problems can be surmised as two VMware Update Manager failures.

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vSphere Upgrade Saga: vShield Edge Missing Manual

February 12, 2012
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vSphere Upgrade Saga: vShield Edge Missing Manual

I bit the bullet and implemented vShield Edge within my environment along side my existing virtual firewall (thankfully I have some other IP available). But this was not without its problems, it appears there is some critical information missing from the manuals. After a call to VMware, I noticed my mistake (which I actually forgot…

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vSphere Upgrade Saga: Fixing VMware VDR

January 25, 2012
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I have been running VMware Data Recovery (VDR) through its paces for quite a while now and while it works, I am not sold on it yet. I have had way too many problems related to the target datastore. Specifically, a continual failed integrity check. Everything ran fine for a while and then poof, a…

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