vCenter Server & PSC Appliances 6.x – Applying Patches (Shell/UI)

The following applies to a vCenter Server Appliance that contains a vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller, or a Platform Services Controller.

Note: Please perform during a maintenance window as vCSA services will be unavailable.

Appliance Shell

The following steps detail how to apply a vCSA patch directly from an ISO which can be downloaded from:

Attach the ISO to the vCSA.

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V(x)Block – AMP VUM & SQL Active Directory Integration

When a VxBlock is shipped from the factory all Windows & SQL user/db accounts are setup as local accounts, due to obvious reasons (customer AD does not exist in factory!). This post details the steps to integrate a VUM VM & SQL with Active Directory and change the local WIN&SQL accounts to AD accounts, along with modifying the SQL DB permissions to an assigned AD account.

At a high level these are the prerequisite steps:

– Change DNS values on the Windows VUM VM (if different from LCS stated values).
– Join Windows VUM VM to AD.
– Reboot VUM VM.
– Snapshot VUM VM (precautionary step).
– Add domain\svc_vum to local admin group of the VUM VM.

Use the following procedure to configure domain service accounts for the VUM Server and services & configure SQL Server access permissions on a VxBlock based EHC deployment:

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vRealize Automation 7.1 – Create a Blueprint, Configure Catalog Item & Provision VM (Part 6)

vRealize Automation 7.1 – Create a Service & Entitlement (Part 5)

1. Create a ‘vSphere’ Machine Blueprint

VMware Machine Blueprint Definition: A blueprint that contains a machine component specifies the workflow used to provision a machine and includes information such as CPU, memory, and storage. Machine blueprints specify the workflow used to provision a machine and include additional provisioning information such as the locations of required disk images or virtualization platform objects. Blueprints also specify policies such as the lease period and can include networking and security components such as security groups, policies, or tags. Blueprints can be specific to a business group or shared among groups in a tenant, depending on the entitlements that are configured for the published blueprint. More detail on Blueprints here.

To create the Blueprint Login as a user who has the ‘Infrastructure Architect’ role assigned (Machine Blueprint capabilities):

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vRealize Automation 7.1 – Create a Service & Entitlement (Part 5)

vRealize Automation 7.1 – Create Machine Prefix, Business Group & Add Reservation (Part 4)

1. Create a Service

VMware Services Definition:  Services are used to organize catalog items into related offerings to make it easier for service catalog users to browse for the catalog items they need. You can entitle the service, which entitles business group users to all the associated catalog items. More details on Services here.

Login as a Tenant Admin or a user that holds the Catalog Admin role:


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vRealize Automation 7.1 – Create Machine Prefix, Business Group & Add Reservation (Part 4)

vRealize Automation 7.1 – Create Endpoints & Fabric Groups (Part 3)

Before creating the Business Group we firstly need to create a Machine Prefix which can be used by the Business Group to create IaaS resources.

1. Create a Machine Prefix

VMware Machine Prefix Definition: You use machine prefixes to generate the names of provisioned machines. Machine prefixes are shared across all tenants. You should assign a default machine prefix to every business group that you expect to need IaaS resources. Every blueprint must have a machine prefix or use the group default prefix. Fabric administrators are responsible for managing machine prefixes. More detail on Machine Prefixes here.

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vRealize Automation Blueprint Creation – vSphere Templates not Displaying

While in the process of creating a vRA blueprint, none of my vSphere templates were displaying as an option for selection. This led me to verify some of my previous config, which led to identifying the source of the problem to be a misplaced template. Thanks @HeagaSteve for pointing me in the right direction!

As you can see when I click on the ellipsis in order to select a template I receive ‘No data to display’ in the list box:

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