Thursday, December 13, 2012

General Availability of vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 5.1

VMware announced the General Availability of vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 5.1. 

This is the first release as part of the VMware family since DynamicOps joined the company in July, 2012.  This release comes only five months after the acquisition and five months since the last release (4.5 in July) with five major features. In addition, this release is part of the vCloud Suite Enterprise edition.
 Notable features and integrations in this release include:
 ·         vCloud Director integration
   Provision vApps to virtual datacenters
   Support for vCloud Director private or public clouds
 ·         Invocation of vCenter Orchestrator workflows
   Facilitates Facilitates integration with third party technologies and systems
   Expands the vCAC automation library
 ·         Multi-machine services
   Streamlines the provisioning and ongoing management of multiple machines
   Deliver multiple machines with one operation
   Manage multiple machines as a single entity
 ·         Ability to reconfigure virtual machines
   Policy-driven reconfigure approvals
   Policy-driven threshold enforcement (min, max thresholds)
   Self-service management of existing machines
   Add or remove CPU, memory, and storage from an existing virtual machine
 ·         Simplified storage management
   Define one or more volumes on different storage paths
Congratulations to the Engineering, QE, Documentation, and PMM teams who succeeded in delivering this release in the short period of time after the acquisition.  Thanks for all the help from the program, release, legal, and support/enablement teams.  This was truly a team effort!
 Links to binaries, docs, new product features, pricing and licensing: 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8

This is very helpful for windows 8 users. lot of shortcuts easy to navigate ...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ALL About VMware SSO

There was a nice blog post by vmware support for SSO deployment, configuration and troubleshooting. below are are few of them.

Let’s start with two particularly important KB articles. These are classified as ‘Resolution Paths’. They walk you through an ordered set of steps in resolving a problem. You can read more about resolution path articles here.
If those two don’t address your problem, here are a few more resources to help you along your way on the upgrade path. Enjoy!
Installation and Deployment
How vCenter SSO Deployment Scenarios Affect Log In Behavior
Setting up Apache load balancing software with vCenter Single Sign On (2034157)
Configuring SSO for HA (2033588)
Manually Replicate Data in a Multisite vCenter Single Sign On Deployment
Installing vCenter Single Sign On in a multisite deployment (2034074)
Deploying SSO at each site in multi site mode
SSO server Deployment Modes
Replacing Default SSL Certificates for vCenter components (pdf)
When you log into the vSphere Client, linked vCenter Server systems do not appear (2033213)
vCenter Single Sign On and dependent services fail to start after you reboot the system (2032749)
After updating SSL certificate for SSO, a newly installed instance of VC fails to start (2033215)
Unable to connect to vCenter Inventory Service (2032356)
Repointing and reregistering vCenter Server and components (2033620)
Configuring SSO for HA (2033588)
Troubleshooting SSO on Windows (2033208)
  • autodiscovery fails
  • Single Sign On Installation fails completely
  • error occurs that references the vCenter Inventory or Web Client
vCenter Single Sign On fails to start at startup or initialization (2033164)
Troubleshooting Single Sign On with the vCenter Server Appliance configuration on an external database (2033624)
Troubleshooting vCenter Server Appliance configuration with an external vCenter Single Sign On server (2033737)
Troubleshooting Single Sign On and Active Directory domain authentication with the vCenter Server Appliance (2033742)
Change the vCenter Single Sign On Mode in VCVA
Update vCenter Single Sign On settings after you change the hostname or port of the database server (2033516)
Admin and Login
Troubleshooting SSL certificates updates and SSO (2033240)
Troubleshooting vSphere Web Client login errors (2033253)
  • provided credentials are invalid
  • user account is locked
  • Single Sign On server fails to respond
  • vCenter Server administrator permissions are not valid by default on Single Sign On
Troubleshooting SSO on VCVA (2033338)
Updating SSL certificates for vCenter Single Sign On servers behind a load balancer (2034181)
Unable to log in to vCenter Server with the vSphere Client (2034798)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Unlocking and resetting vCenter SSO admin account

The default administrator login which is created with SSO installation is admin@system-domain on vCenter Server installed on Windows Server or root@system-domain on vCenter Applicance. Don’t worry if you lock out the admin account (like it happened to me :-) as it unlocks automatically after 15 min.

If you want to reset the password you can do that by running the below commands:

To reset the SSO administrator password on a Windows server:
  1. Login as an administrator to the vCenter SSO server.
  2. Click Start > Run, type cmd, and click OK. The Command Prompt window opens.
  3. Navigate to the directory SSOInstallDirectory\utils. By default, the installation directory is  C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\SSOServer.
  4. Run this command:

    rsautil reset-admin-password
  5. Enter the master password when prompted.

    Note: This is the password selected for the SSO administrator during the SSO installation. If you have changed your SSO administrator password later, the master password is still the original one chosen.
  6. Enter the SSO administrator name for which you want to reset the password. For example, admin.
  7. Enter the new password for the user and then confirm it a second time.

    You should see the message
    Password reset successfully.
To reset the SSO administrator password on the vCenter Server Appliance:
  1. Log in as root to the vCenter server Appliance. 
  2. From the command line, navigate to /usr/lib/vmware-sso/utils directory. 
  3. Run this command:

    ./rsautil reset-admin-password
  4. Enter the master password when prompted.

    Note: By default, this is the root password.
  5. Enter the SSO administrator name for which you want to reset the password. For example, admin.
  6. Enter the new password for the user and then confirm it a second time.

    You should see the message Password reset successfully

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Please upgrade vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 immediately to the 5.1.1 release

The vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 release can go into an Edge disk full state approximately 14 days after the first edge is deployed.


To resolve this issue, upgrade to the vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.1 release. This release will be available before October 4, 2012.
If you have deployed an edge, run the script below before the 14 days expire (beginning from the time the edge is deployed).

  • This script must run every 14 days. However, it is not necessary once you upgrade to vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.1.
  • The script will be available for download by September 25, 2012 and attached to this article. It is currently in the final stages of testing. 
For more information click here:

Friday, September 21, 2012

vCloud Connector 1.5 is NOT supported with vCloud 5.1 and vSphere 5.1

The current release of VMware vCloud Connector (vCloud Connector 1.5) does not support VMware vSphere 5.1 or VMware vCloud Director 5.1. 

For more information go to

Is vSphere 5.1 Support with VMware View 5.1

vSphere 5.1 is not supported with any versions of VMware View

VMware vSphere 5.1 is not currently supported with any versions of VMware View.

Do not upgrade vSphere above the supported versions listed in the VMware View 5.1 Release Notes.
vSphere 5.1 is in the process of being certified against VMware View

For more information