Handy one-liners

Every once in a while you stumble upon a one-liner that you want to remember. So where do you keep those? Here! Clear VCSA Backup History rm /storage/applmgmt/backup_restore/backup-history.json Reset VAMI Update Status rm /etc/applmgmt/appliance/software_update_state.conf Restart Management Agents services.sh restart &tail -f /var/log/jumpstart-stdout.log Finding Templates based on Tag name (Get-Template |…

Using ADFS with vCenter 7

A while ago I wrote an article about using LDAPS to connect vCenter to Active Directory. In that article, I mentioned a second (secure) option to connect to AD: by using ADFS. In this article, I will give you the steps to change your vCenter Identity Provider from Embedded to…

Network Port Diagram vSphere

I was troubleshooting an issue with an ESXi host and Update Manager for which I needed the firewall ports. In KB2131180 you can find a PDF document with a beautiful diagram and reference table. But getting all the required ports between a specific source and destination was not easy. So…

Packer and WinRM – mystery resolved

A while ago I started exploring Hashicorp Packer in order to learn more about a new way of creating Windows template VMs. Traditionally, you create a VM, attach the Windows ISO file and of you go… But with Packer, you can define the whole thing in code and store that…