VMworld 2020 (it’s a virtual thing)

VMworld is right around the corner, but this year will be a little different with everyone still sheltering in place. VMworld 2020 will be a virtual conference this year. Starting on September 29th through October 1st, 2020, attendees will be able to sign up for unlimited sessions based on the current catalog (don’t forget the schedule builder went live on September 1st). There will also be additional activities before and after the conference this year ranging from Customer Technical Exchange sessions, to the traditional TAM customer day sessions that TAM customers have become accustomed to more personalized content. I put together a mindmap around all things related to VMworld 2020 here that I hope will help guide you around all the events and activities surrounding VMworld this year.Continue reading “VMworld 2020 (it’s a virtual thing)”

Configuring ESXi Hosts for Active Directory Authentication using the vSphere Authentication Proxy Service on vSphere 7

Ever wondered how to configure direct login access to your vSphere hosts using your Windows Active Directory credentials?

I’ve been having these conversations with varying VMware customers over time and the subject always comes up when it comes to implementing some additional security controls over your VMware infrastructure.

As you are aware, the direct login access to an individual vSphere ESXi host has been available for quite some time but most customers that I have worked with use the traditional root login to access individual hosts. This may be needed due to troubleshooting host disconnect issues or troubleshooting an individual ESXi host when vCenter is not available or not being used. Other options may include using Auto-Deploy to provision hosts and have them automatically joined to the domain based on hosts pre-defined in the vCenter access control list.Continue reading “Configuring ESXi Hosts for Active Directory Authentication using the vSphere Authentication Proxy Service on vSphere 7”

Configuring NSX-T Manager with VMware Identity Manager (i.e. Workspace One Access)

For all the NSX experts out there, I thought you might find this helpful, especially with all the request to leverage the VMware Identity Manager platform (recently rebranded Workspace One Access) as the source for authentication into various VMware products.

As I’ve been working through through the upgrade of my home lab, I recently used vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager to deploy various VMware products to help manage my “private cloud” homelab environment. vRSLCM is a slick tool and I’ll probably write up something on that at a later date. One of the neat features is the ability to deploy VMware Identity Manager as part of the automated deployment method and it integrates all the VMware Solutions together with Identity Manager for authentication.

Now that I have a VMware Identity Manager platform to leverage, one of the things I noticed is that when deploying VMware NSX-T, the NSX manager has an option to leverage VMware Identity Manager as an authentication source.Continue reading “Configuring NSX-T Manager with VMware Identity Manager (i.e. Workspace One Access)”

Home-Lab Upgrade to vSphere 7

I’ve had a lot of questions on how my upgrade went to vSphere 7 in my home-lab. I thought I’d share how I was able to get vSphere 7 up and running on a lab using hardware that isn’t on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List.

So what you see here are 5 Dell R71 Servers, 4 of which I use for my vSphere home-lab and the other is a Plex Media Server for my 4K video. The processor type in these servers are all Intel Xeon 56xx and are not on the HCL for vSphere and only compatible on the HCL for vSphere 6.0U3. Here’s a little visual and summary on the home lab setup.Continue reading “Home-Lab Upgrade to vSphere 7”

Configuring the VMware ESXi Dump Collector on vCenter 7

For those not familiar with this topic, it relates to a recent presentation I made at a VMware User Group virtual meeting around managing vSphere and some best practices. This also is applicable to a recent home-lab upgrade and wanted to provide a current method for configuring this setup and the lack of official support documentation around the configuration of this service.

When I used to be a VMware customers, I always wanted to ensure I had a good handle on driving root cause on any issues experienced in our VMware environment. Purple Screen of Death issues on vSphere hosts was always a challenge due to the issues around the knee jerk reaction to reboot a host when a PSOD event occurred just to get things operating normally as fast as possible.

Continue reading “Configuring the VMware ESXi Dump Collector on vCenter 7”

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