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How to backup vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

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vCenter Server (be it the appliance or not) is the critical management component of every vSphere environment. Therefore it is critical to backup it at regular basis to have the possibility to restore configuration prior to failure. With the vSphere 6.5 release, vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) received the possibility to perform the backup of its configuration from appliance management interface (not only but I will describe this later on).

Migration of Windows vCenter Server 6.x to vCenter Server 6.5 Appliance

Migration of vCenter Server 6.x to vCenter Server 6.5 - Logo vSphere 6.5 is on the market for quite a bit of time. In most cases, customers don't perform upgrade immediately after the release of new software. It was the same with my home lab. I wanted to take a holistic approach and perform an upgrade to the latest and greatest release of all products I have in my home lab. In this first post, I will show you upgrade process of all components I use.

Securing VMware appliance GRUB

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In my earlier post How to reset root password in vRealize Orchestrator I showed you how to reset root password in VMware Appliance - vRealize Orchestrator. Fortunately and unfortunately for us we see more and more products shipped as Appliances. I will show you how to secure your Appliances with few simple steps.

How to reset root password in vRealize Orchestrator

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Working as a Consultant has extremely advantages - you meet different customers, you face challenges you wouldn't be able to find in your own environment or in you home lab. Yesterday I was asked by my colleague to take a closer look on two vRealize Orchestrator appliances - we were not able to login via ssh as root user any more. I will show you how to reset root password in vRealize Orchestrator in just a few steps.

Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from version 5.* to version 6

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Software life-cycle is incredibly important in every company and environment. As you probably know Microsoft finished support of Windows Server 2003 14 of July. After that you need extended support which costs a lot of money per server. If you want to avoid situations where your software is no longer support you have to invest time and money into upgrades.

vCenter Server Appliance 6 (vCSA) configuration

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In my earlier post vCenter Server Appliance 6 (vCSA) installation I guided you through vCenter Server Appliance 6 installation. Next step is to configure our Appliance so we can use it in our environments.

vCenter Server Appliance 6 (vCSA) installation

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It has been a while when I wrote some technical post, but for me this is kind of habit after I pass huge exam. With this post and following ones I will focus on version 6 of vSphere and some topics around SDDC.