Replacing PSC certificates with Microsoft CA generated cert

First of all. Let me just say I have an inane fear for certs, creating them, replacing them, requesting them I have always disliked them. So I decided to write this more so for myself so I could have something to reference in future. Few Notes on my infrastructure. I am running vSphere 6.5 vCenter… Continue reading Replacing PSC certificates with Microsoft CA generated cert

‘Replace a process level token Privilege.’ – Windows vCenter 6.5 upgrade error

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was upgrading some critical system over the weekend. Once I had the PSC Issue resolved I moved onto vCenter only to be greeted with this initial error. Please ensure extensions are compatible with the new vCenter Server and re-register extensions with the new vCenter Server after upgrade. Please… Continue reading ‘Replace a process level token Privilege.’ – Windows vCenter 6.5 upgrade error

An error occurred while starting service “vmonapi”- Windows PSC upgrade error

This weekend I spent upgrading our production environment within the DellEMC CPSD Vblock Logical Engineering group. We use vCenter extensively to run a lot of our in-house created automation workflows which help us logically build and configure Vblocks to our customer specifications and it also manages a Horizon View instance with some of our remote teams use during… Continue reading An error occurred while starting service “vmonapi”- Windows PSC upgrade error

Adding Vplex to DellEMC Vision Intelligent Operations

Q: How do I add additional components to my DellEMC Vision Intelligent Operations instance? A: This guide can be used pretty much for adding any additional devices to Vision as the majority of the procedure is the same. The main changes will be in the detail of the device type. In this example, I have used… Continue reading Adding Vplex to DellEMC Vision Intelligent Operations

RDP login error and Lan Manager authentication levels

When trying to connect to certain hardened Windows VMs using RDP Client the VM might continually ask you for username and password at the login and show that the login attempt failed. Even though you know the login creds are correct. This is generally down to the LAN Manager authentication level setting on the hardened image. To… Continue reading RDP login error and Lan Manager authentication levels

Vision Intelligent Operations vCenter is grayed out.

Q: Why is my vCenter grayed out in the Vision Intelligent Operations MSM sunburst graphic? A: vCenter is expected to be grayed out in the sunburst chart as it is a logical element. If we drill down into the graph, we can view that all the other components are discovered and are in a healthy state.… Continue reading Vision Intelligent Operations vCenter is grayed out.

Clearing Vision Intelligent Operations MSM Cache

Q: Why aren’t my newly added devices/components showing up in the Vision Intelligent Operations MSM Sunburst Chart? A: So you have just added an Extra Cisco C240 in your AMP Environment as you have engaged EMC to deploy a bright and shiny Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Stack as you need the extra resources or you have added a… Continue reading Clearing Vision Intelligent Operations MSM Cache

Vision Intelligent Operations Nexus Switch Limit.

Q: Why Can’t I see all my Nexus Switches (3k and 9k including MDS) in my Vision Intelligent Operations (Multi System Managment) MSM Sunburst chart or compliance reports? A: When adding Nexus switches to your Vision Intelligent Operations instance please note that there is a hard limit on the number of switches that will be… Continue reading Vision Intelligent Operations Nexus Switch Limit.

Configuring VMAX3 XCOPY VAAI settings by PowerCli

When VMware released vSphere 6.x they introduced 3 new VAAI claim rules that can be utilized with the VMAX and VMAX3. By setting these values you can change the max transfer size up to a maximum 240MB.  A white paper released by dellEMC goes into the technology if far more detail than this post. Page 29 of the… Continue reading Configuring VMAX3 XCOPY VAAI settings by PowerCli