PowerCLI script to help correlate vCenter, ESXi & vSAN build/versions w/o manual VMware KB lookup

I can still remember when I was a VI Admin and how annoying it was to try to correlate the build numbers for my ESX(i) hosts and vCenter Servers that I have deployed with the versions listed on VMware’s website. This especially gets challenging when there are multiple patch releases (a, b, c or 01, […]

Auditing/Logging vCenter Server authentication & authorization activities

Recently, I have seen an increase in the number of requests from our field and customers inquiring about logging various vCenter Server authentication and authorization activities. The topics vary from identifying which log files contain which activities to to why some of this information is not available in the vCenter Server Events UI or why they are […]

Maximum number of vCenter Servers per Single Sign-On (SSO) Domain

This particular question and its variations have been raised quite a bit lately by our field and customers. For me, this was an opportunity to see if we can provide some additional clarification and help explain some of the nuances that may have been causing some of the confusion around the supported maximums for both vCenter Server […]

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 […]

vCenter Server Database retention purge schedule

The size of your vCenter Server Database is largely based on the amount events/tasks and performance statistics that you retain for your vSphere environment. You can view and edit these settings by going to the vCenter Server “General” settings as shown in the screenshot below (documentation here and here): A common misconception when changing any one of these retention policies, especially when […]