VMware vCenter Certificate Management Default Values

If you have ever replaced VMware vCenter server certificates you will know that there are default values for common SSL/TLS certificate attributes, for example country code and organisation name. By default VMware have their own details for these attributes as shown below – Country – US E-mail – [email protected] Locality – Palo Alto Organisational Unit … Read more

VMware vRealize Log Insight SSL Available To All

VMware Log Insight (vRealize Log Insight: Intelligent Log Management & Analytics) is a nice product and it’s certainly been useful in my environment. There was however one major issue I had with the product, you had to upgrade your license to gain the ability to replace the default self-signed SSL/TLS certificate on the web interface. … Read more

Kali Linux VMware ESXi Console Window Scaling Fit Guest Now

I recently had a need to deploy a virtual machine (VM) instance of Kali Linux on VMware ESXi. Once the install was complete I opened the virtual machine console and dragged it out to be larger then told the console to scale the Kali instance to fill it. Unfortunately it didn’t work and for a … Read more

VMware vRealize Log Insight Deployment

If you have a VMware environment and you haven’t yet deployed the vRealize Log Insight appliance you really should. While the ‘Log Insight’ platform is a licensed product VMware do provide it with a number of free licenses included so depending on your environment size you may not even need to pay. In this post … Read more

Why I’m Using VMware ESXi In My Home Lab

A question came to me recently concerning my use of VMware ESXi on my home lab servers rather than Microsoft Hyper-V. I should of course acknowledge there are other options such as Linux and various other hypervisors but let’s stay on point for now. At work I run both ESXi and Hyper-V, there are certainly … Read more

Trend Micro Smart Protection Server Deployment

Trend Micro products leverage the ‘Smart Protection Network’ (SPN) which is essentially Trend Micros cloud network providing analysis and protection against malware and other malicious threats. The enterprise protection products have the ability to talk direct to the SPN or you can install a local appliance and configure your systems to talk to that and … Read more

Intel X552/X557-AT Network Adapter Driver Installation on VMware ESXi

My home lab is comprised of two Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers which utilise the Intel Xeon-D system on chip (SoC) CPU. This chip has built in 10Gb Ethernet support and provides two ports for cool stuff like storage/vMotion/VSAN etc. We also have two 1Gb NICs, again provided through the SoC. Unfortunately the standard installation of VMware ESXi … Read more

VMware ESXi Embedded Host Client Installation

Today I’m going to install the VMware ESXi Embedded Host Client software on one of my Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T lab servers. This is a VMware fling I’ve kept an eye on since it’s first release and much as I would like to see it on our production systems it isn’t’ something we have signed off on … Read more

VMware ESXi Host Long Reboot due to Fibre Channel Binding

I finally got round to looking at a problem which has existed in one of my datacenters for I guess a few years now. It’s really bothered me for a long time but I’ve just been tied up with other projects so it remained. I have two datacenters which are more or less identical in … Read more

VMware ESXi SD Card Problem with HPE Server

Recently a number of servers in my estate began to flag the following error –

All of the servers in question run VMware ESXi 5.5 and are Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) DL360 Gen8 rack mount servers with SD cards as storage for the ESXi image. None of the servers had ceased functioning while running … Read more