Configure vRealize Automation to use Platform Services Controller as External Identity Provider

I was doing some research on an inquiry that I had received from a customer who was interested in configuring their vRealize Automation (vRA) instance to use vCenter’s Platform Services Controller (PSC) as an External Identity Provider (IDP) rather than the default VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) which vRA supports natively out of the box. vIDM […]

Correlating vSAN perf metrics from vSphere Web Client to both PowerCLI & vSAN Mgmt API

While going through the PowerCLI 6.5.1 release notes last week, in addition to the new Get-VsanView cmdlet which exposes the complete vSAN Management API through PowerCLI, I had learned that we had also released a new Get-VsanStat cmdlet. This new cmdlet allows customers to easily retrieve the various vSAN Performance Metrics provided by the vSAN Performance Service. The really nice thing about vSAN […]

How to split vCenter Servers configured in an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM)?

An interesting question that came up on the VMTN forum the other day (thanks to Andreas Peetz for sharing via Twitter) was how to split two vCenter Servers configured in an Enhanced Linked Mode (ELM)? Due to an organization changes in the customers environment, they needed to separate out their two vCenter Servers and run […]

vSphere 6.5b prevents vSphere Web Client logins for users w/o VC permissions

A patch update was just released for vCenter Server 6.5, dubbed vSphere 6.5b. While glancing through the release notes, I caught one interesting “resolved issue” which I thought was worth sharing. Users with no vCenter Server permissions can log in to the vSphere Web Client Users without permissions can log in to the vSphere Web Client. Users can click […]

Default hashing algorithm changed in OVFTool 4.2 preventing OVF/OVA import using vSphere C# Client

After upgrading my home lab recently to vSphere 6.5, I also updated some of the related utilities such as the various SDKs and CLIs. One of the CLIs that I had updated was the latest version of OVFTool which is now at 4.2. I use OVFTool extensively to automate various Virtual Machine deployments (import/export). While testing out a […]