vYetti - Fun animated vSphere Login UI customization

For those that have been asking about how to customize the vSphere Client Login UI to include this fun little animated login screen as shown below, you can find the complete instructions on my github repo: https://github.com/lamw/vyetti-vsphere-client-customization I wanted to take a moment and give thanks and credit to the original author (Darin S) who created […]

Changing "Password will expire in X days" notification for Active Directory users in vSphere Web/H5 Client

When logging into the vCenter Server using either the vSphere Web (Flex) or H5 Client, one of the validation checks that is automatically performed by the server is to check the current users password expiry. If you account expiry is less than the current password expiry configuration, then you will see the yellow notification pop […]

How to audit vSphere Standalone VMRC or HTML5 VMRC connections?

An interesting question that came in last week from one of our TAMs was how to identify and audit Virtual Machine Remote Console (VMRC) logins from vSphere? The TAM was specifically interested in being able to correlate that a particular user had logged into the VMRC of a VM during a specific period of time. Luckily, this is easily retrievable through vCenter Servers’s […]

How to bootstrap the VCSA using the ESXi Embedded Host Client?

In the past, I have written about various ways of “bootstrapping” vCenter Server (here and here) which can be useful for setting up greenfield vSphere deployments. This topic has always been of interest to me because it can be the most challenging to solve, especially when you only start out with a single ESXi host. Historically, these “bootstrapping” options have […]

How to restrict access to both the Standalone VMRC & HTML5 VM Console?

Several weeks back there were a couple of questions from our field asking about locking down access to a Virtual Machine’s Console which includes both the new Standalone VMRC (Windows & Mac OS X) which runs on your desktop as well as the new HTML5 VM Console which runs in the browser. Below is a […]