vCenter Server 5.5 keeps on crashing, fix available

A fellow vSphere administrator on #vmug_fi IRCnet channel was hit by obscure issue on vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1b, after a vCenter Server Windows host reboot vpxd.exe kept on crashing immediately after it started. VMware support came through and provided a resolution in no time, it seems that vCenter Server 5.5.x thread stack size is too ...

Setting up NetFlow on vSphere distributed switch 2

Setting up NetFlow on vSphere distributed switch
Many networking devices like routers and switches, implement a NetFlow protocol which is used to export information of passing network traffic to a specific NetFlow collector application for analysis and visualization. Back in days, VMware ESX 3.5 had experimental support for NetFlow but it was dropped for vSphere 4. With release of vSphere 5 VMware ...

VMware vCenter AppSpeed got End of Availability date

VMware vCenter AppSpeed got End of Availability date
VMware has decided to kill vCenter AppSpeed, no new licenses will be sold after January 3rd, 2012. Support for existing licenses will continue until September 15th, 2012. Official notification of EOA and ESL is available at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2010764 which I will quote briefly: We want to provide you with an important update about the VMware® vCenter ...

vCenter Server and Microsoft SQL Server collation conflicts

vCenter Server and Microsoft SQL Server collation conflicts
vCenter Server deployment, including SQL database installation is often done by VMware administrator. Maybe the most widely used database for vCS is Microsoft SQL Server, as it is very easy to install even without any training on the application. Many times MS SQL Server is installed without paying attention to server collation and this leads ...

Emergency shortcut for vCS VM console 2

Emergency shortcut for vCS VM console
Recently published KB 1026162 article caught my eye, in case your vCenter Server is a VM “Accessing the virtual machine’s console directly from the command line” sounds helpful when poo hits the fan I though. So I did quick proof of concept testing of the idea and documented the results. If your vCS is a ...

Removing unwanted plug-ins from vCenter Server

Removing unwanted plug-ins from vCenter Server
Have you ever tested out some virtual appliances which have vCenter Server plug-ins? After testing was done you removed virtual appliance but plug-in is still showing up in vCenter Server plug-in manager “available plug-ins” list and you cannot get rid of them? I was getting annoyed with old and unused plugins cluttering the plug-in manager ...
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