New "raw" VM Storage Policy support in OVFTool 4.2 simplifies bootstrapping VMs onto VSAN

Several weeks back I came across a handy little tidbit on an enhancement that was added to the latest version of OVFTool (4.2) that greatly simplifies the bootstrapping of a vCenter Server or any other VM for that matter onto a vSAN Datastore. This is generally used when setting up a pure greenfield environment where your vCenter Server may […]

How to automate the deployment of an un-configured VCSA 6.5 (Stage 1 only)?

In vSphere 6.5, the VCSA deployment has changed from a “Single” monolithic stage where a user inputs all of the required parameters up front and then the installer goes and deploys/configures the VCSA. In the new VCSA UI Installer, we still continue to provide a “Single” monolithic user experience but behind the scenes, the deployment is now actually composed of two distinct stages, […]

Automating the installation of VUM Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) for Linux in vSphere 6.5

One of the most highly requested feature from customers with regards to the adoption of the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is to have vSphere Update Manager (VUM) available as a Virtual Appliance. With the vSphere 6.5 release, this is now a reality as VUM is now embedded within the VCSA. The VUM service is also automatically enabled and […]

vGhetto Automated vSphere Lab Deployment for vSphere 6.0u2 & vSphere 6.5

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a few tweets from me hinting at a vSphere deployment script that I have been working on. This was something I had initially built for my own lab use but I figured it probably could benefit the larger VMware community, especially around testing and evaluational purposes. Today, I am please to announce […]

How to enable vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) in vSphere 6.5 w/single ESXi host?

One of the big new features that was introduced in vSphere 6.5, exclusively for vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), is the vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) capablilty. Feidhlim O’Leary has an excllent blog post covering what VCHA provides as well as a couple of demo videos on how it works, definitely worth checking out! After upgrading one of my […]