VCDA – Operation canceled

I was working on setting up a protection from an on-prem vCenter to a cloud site running VMware Cloud Director but whatever I did, I received an error message “Operation canceled due to an unexpected error”. From my point of view, an error is always unexpected, but I wanted to…

VxRail Console Commands

Find missing disks Update disk information Restart VxRail Manager services Change disk serial number on host Restart VxRail platform service on host

VxRail Cluster Health Monitoring disabled

A while ago I had to change a disk in a vSAN disk group and for some reason, the Physical Health view in vCenter showed the information of the old disk. A closer look told me that Health Monitoring was not enabled so I selected the cluster and looked at…

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 |…

Deploying Patches to VCF – RTFM

If there are important patches to deploy in your VCF environment you can use the VMware Async Patch Tool to deploy those patches. You can find a lot of information on the internet on using this tool but still, I ran into some issues. Don’t be like me and read…

Upgrading Cloud Director without Admin account credentials

When you want to upgrade VMware Cloud Director you need to have the <admin_username>. At least, that’s what it says when you follow the official documentation. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to these credentials. The only credentials I had were for the root account. But it turned out you can…

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…