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 […]

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 […]

An update on how to retrieve useful information from a vSphere login?

There was an internal Socialcast question today in which the answer could be found in my how to identify the origin of a vSphere login article. After responding to the question, I had realized that I wrote that article almost 6 years ago and what is even more crazy is that it is still very applicable today. […]

Quick Tip - Minor changes on how to customize vSphere 6.0 Update 2 Web Client login UI

For those of you interested in customizing the vSphere Web Client login UI in the latest vSphere 6.0 Update 2 release, you may have found that after following the instructions here, the result is an empty background image. The reason this happens is that as of vSphere 6.0 Update 2, new capabilities such as a Logon Banner and […]

Heads Up: OVF/OVA always deployed as Thick on VSAN when using vSphere Web Client

Just wanted to give folks a heads up on an issue that a colleague of mines recently identified when provisioning Virtual Appliances (OVF/OVA) onto a VSAN datastore when using the vSphere Web Client. He found that regardless of the VSAN Storage Policy that was selected, whether it is the default VSAN Storage Policy or a custom […]