Enabling shell access for Active Directory users via SSH to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

I had a question the other day on whether it was possible to enable shell access for Active Directory users when logging into the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) via SSH? The answer is yes and though this is documented here, it is not very clear whether this is only applicable to SSO-based users only. In any case, […]

Quick Tip - List all open ports on the VCSA / PSC

The list of required ports for both a vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and Platform Services Controller (PSC) are pretty well documented here (6.5), here (6.0) and here (5.5) for customers who require this information to setup external connectivity within their networking infrastructure. Having said that, it is may not always be clear on what ports […]

Native OVF support for Fusion/Workstation 2017 Tech Preview 

The VMware Fusion and Workstation team just released their 2017 Tech Preview releases and there is a ton of new and awesome capabilities which you can read more about here and here. One of the exciting new features, which I was very fortunate to have been involved with is finally here, native OVF property support! Although customers […]

Visualizing live network traffic on the vCenter Server Appliance using net-glimpse

Last week I came across a really interesting OSS project called net-glimpse which allows you to easily visualize your network traffic in real-time and making that available using any standard web browser. I thought it would be neat to see what this might look like running on the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). I got it […]

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, […]