Feb 26

Initialize the remote vCenter Orchestrator database


It doesn’t happen every day but once in a while you can immediately answer a question when being called by a customer and yesterday was my lucky day:)
The only requirement i had before answering the question was to get two print screens so i could put together this really short blog post. Here we go.

Customer was standing up a vCenter Orchestrator 5.5.2 (vCO), soon to be renamed to vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), and was trying to connect to an external Microsoft SQL database server version 2012 SP1 using the following settings.

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He received the following error:

  • Database connection successful. No schema found. Please initialize database.

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I must point out that this was the customer first vCO installation but if he had only scrolled up to the top of the page he would have found the solution since you actually got a link that says:

  • Create the database tables

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 22.03.10Click the link and the database is initialized and you are ready to start doing your vCO magic.



Feb 24

Horizon View and smart card login

This is a guest blog post created by my former colleague Toni Lindberg who now works for Cygate in Stockholm, Sweden.

Installing VMware Horizon View out of the box is not difficult. However, integrating the Horizon View solution with smart card to increase the security can sometimes cause problems.

This blog post consists of a short guide how to make it right.

Click here to read the entire blog post!

Feb 18

Nutanix Operating System Upgrade to 4.1.1

As you might have seen a new version (4.1.1) of the Nutanix Operating System a.k.a NOS was released a while ago.
See the new features in this blog post.

I have been through the upgrade process a few times now and last week i did one while running a customer workshop. The upgrade process just ran in the upper right corner of my screen so the customer could follow the process during the workshop.
This post will cover the process of upgrading your entire Nutanix Cluster without any downtime for your running virtual machines (VM). Follow the below process to perform the upgrade:

  • Log in to your Nutanix Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) via http://CVM-IP-ADDRESS:9440
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  • Click the wheel next to the admin link at the top right corner
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  • Select Upgrade Software
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Click here to read the entire blog post!

Feb 16

vCloud Directory 5.6.4 released

A few days ago, 2015-02-12, VMware released an updated version, 5.6.4, of vCloud Director (vCD) for service provides. This release, since it’s a minor one, focus on fixing potential problem but one thing i know will be useful is the option of upgrading existing vCD installation (versions 5.5.2 and to vCD 5.6.4.

The following guest operating systems have been added:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • CentOS 6.5
  • CentOS 7
  • Oracle Linux 6.5
  • Oracle Linux 7

Below are a few of the fixes including in the vCD 5.6.4 release that i have seen in the field:

  • Attempts to download media files from a public catalog fail
  • Guest customization fails with a Sysprep error “Mount directory C: does not exist”
  • Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012 virtual machines ask you to reset the guest operating system password after you customize the virtual machine with SID change and password reset
  • Autologon for non-administrator incorrectly disabled
  • Trying to assign a NAT IP to a vApp routed network set to manual fails with error Invalid IP address for external network
  • Datastores are inaccessible after being moved to storage pods

Read the VMware release notes here and general information about vCD here

Feb 12

New VCDX Official Directory

A few days ago a new VMware Certified Directory (VCDX) was announced. VCDX is the highest level certificate you can earn form VMware and includes four different tracks:

  • Data Center Virtualization
  • Cloud Management & Automation
  • Desktop & Mobility
  • Network Virtualization

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Compared to the old VCDX directory that can be found here you got a really nice search feature meaning customers and candidates can easily fond you for projects they may have. You can filter your search by:

  • Country
  • Region/State – Guess that is not needed for Sweden but might be good for the states:)
  • Languages spoken

I nice thing for us being a VCDX is that we can actually update and change our information via the application and does not need to send information to VMware.

This is how you can easily search for a VCDX and i searched for myself in this case (haha)

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If you click click the “View Details” link you will see a summary of the VCDX profile.

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Feb 10

Chance to win a Home Lab from VMTurbo


This is just a very short blog post since i want to let you know that VMTurbo has once more decided to contribute to the virtualisation community in a great way. By joining the VMTurbo 5.1. release webinar February 19:th at 1:30 PM EST (7:30 CET) via this link you will actually get a chance to win Free VMTurbo Turbostack Home Lab valued at 1 600 USD.

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So why not take the chance to both win a home lab and also learn more about VMTurbo in e.g. the following areas:

  • Application Control Module – Ensure application performance without over provisioning
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  • Cloud Control Module – Self-service scaling without sacrificing application performance
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  • Storage Control Module – Ensure the apps gets the performance they need
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Feb 06

VMware vExpert 2015


Last year i saw the vExpert announcement the 1:st of April and decided to wait until i received the official email from VMware before publishing the VMware vExpert 2014 blog post:)

This year the announcement were made the 5:th of February at the official VMTN blog post which can be found here. I really glad and proud of bening included in the group of people awarded with the vExpert title for 2015. This is the third year i’m awarded and i’ll do my best to stay on this list and keep up with the rest of the group in terms of sharing content with the community.

2013 when i was first awarded with the vExpert title there was one announcement for the whole year, last year 2014 there was one vExpert announcement every 3 months and this year it will be two announcements. This means if you were not included in the first round you’ll get another chance to be awarded. Just fill in the application once more and continue to contribute to the community.

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I would like to send a big thank you to Corey Romero and the rest of the VMware Social Media & Community Team

Information from the VMTN blog post about the vExpert program:
“vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExpert this year.

Feb 05

Nutanix .Next Community Podcast

A very short blog post to inform you about the Nutanix .Next Community Podcast initiative that was launched December last year.
This is a great source for staying ontop of what’s happening in the web-scale and datacenter technologies. There will be both Nutanix employees and external guest speakers during the weekly 30 min sessions.

Please visit the NEXT Community Podcast web site and listen to the existing 9 sessions available.

Chief correspondent for the podcast is Dwayne Lessner and the sessions are hosted by:

Stay tuned and follow @NutanixNext on twitter.

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Feb 04

vSphere 6.0 blog – vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

As many of you know i have been using the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) in my home lab for years now and in some customer (both production & test) environments as well. It doesn’t require a Windows installation since it is just a virtual appliance (VA) and deployed as a ova or ovf. However, the deployment has been changed now…
The VCSA also includes the vCenter Server Simulator which makes life really simple when you need to test e.g. some scripts and don’t have access to a live vSphere setup including e.g. the ESXi hosts.

There has always been a gap in scalability between the Windows based vCenter Server version and the VCSA but now in vSphere 6.0 the VCSA can scale the same way as the Windows based vCenter Server:


Metric Windows vCenter Server vCenter Server Appliance
Hosts per vCenter Server 1 000 1 000
Powered On VMs per vCenter Server 10 000 10 000
Hosts vSphere Cluster 64 64
VMs per vSphere Cluster 8 000 8 000
Linked Mode Yes Yes

Additional facts

    • Does not come as a ova or ofv anymore. It’s a ISO based installation that uses a browser to complete the installation. Click the .exe file and this is what you’ll see:
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      These are the options you get:
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  • VMware Data Protection (VDP) can be used for backup and recovery.
  • The following virtual hardware requirements applies to the different deployments
    Deployment type # Hosts # VMs VCSA vCPU VCSA RAM (GB)
    Tiny 20 400 2 8
    Small 150 3 000 4 16
    Medium 300 6 000 8 24
    Large 1 000 10 000 16 32
  • Different deployment options possible during the guided installer such as:
    • Install vCenter Server
    • Install Platform Services Controller
    • Install vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Controller (default)
  • Enhanced Linked Mode support

Missing features

There are still a few things we are missing in the VCSA:

  • MSSQL Support. I know a lot of customers want that. However, now when VDP is supported as a backup method that might be good enough.
  • Option to cluster the VCSA but the new FT feature or VDP support might be good enough.
  • vSphere Update Manager.

Feb 04

vSphere 6.0 blog – Virtual Machine Virtual Hardware (vHW 11)

Another short blog post on the vSphere 6.0 theme. This one will describe the new features and the configuration options for the new virtual machine (VM) virtual hardware version 11 that comes with ESXi 6.


  • 128 vCPUs
  • 4 TB RAM to 12 TB RAM (depending on partner)
  • 62 TB VMDK size ? (not yet verified)
  • 10 Virtual NICS ? (not yet verified)
  • 60 virtual SCSI targets ? (not yet verified)
  • 32 serial ports


  • Hot-add RAM now vNUMA aware
  • Extended support for virtual graphics including Nvidia vGPU
  • WDDM 1.1 GDI acceleration features
  • xHCI 1.0 controller compatible with OS X 10.8+ xHCI driver
  • Serial and parallel ports can now be removed

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