NSX-T Edge Node 3.2 Upgrade Issue – Hugepage Support

I recently did the first NSX upgrade in my Homelab! My Lab is running older hardware, HPE DL380 Gen8’s to be exact and this lead to an upgrade issue when attempting to upgrade my Edge node! Here is the error I was faced with: Edge switch OS task failed on edge TransportNode c7aa6c6e-1a49-423a-a5c2-87cfa0ba9e1c: clientType

Configuring vSphere 7 Auto Deploy

Whilst continuing to prepare for my VMware Certified Advanced Professional Deploy Exam, I have been configuring vSphere Auto Deploy. As with my blog post on vCenter Profiles, I am covering Auto Deploy as its not something I have ever used in any great depth. As always, I used the official VMware documentation to guide me.

Client SMTP Email Submission & Graph API – Azure

I recently began playing with Azure DevOps Pipelines as a way to automate various aspects of my lab. As part of this I wanted to send email notifications that I could customize the content of, which I couldn’t get from the built-in notification capability. Since the PowerShell cmdlet; Send-Mail Message is obsolete, I began investigating

Different Tools; Same Result – vSphere Tags

Following the last blog post on create vSphere Port Groups, let’s take a look at creating Tags and Tag Categories. Let’s first look at the process via the GUI, in this case, the vSphere Client. (Based on vSphere 7.0.3c) vSphere Client I wont go into to much detail here as this information is readily available,

vCenter Server Profiles

Whilst beginning preparations to take the VMware Certificated Advanced Professional Deploy exam, I have started to look into the features and topics that I’m not overly familiar with. To help with the learning process, I am going to be deploying and configuring these features, and writing blogs on many of the topics to help cement

Auto Connecting Devices to a VMware Workstation VM

As part of my latest homelab setup, I run my vCenter Server VM and Domain Controller VM on VMware Workstation Pro 16 and not on an ESXi host. This is mainly so I don’t have to fire up a noisy rack mount server when I only need my vCenter Server for something. This did leave

Failed to Deploy OVF Package – vSphere Content Libraries

I recently came across an issue with creating subscribed VMware Content Libraries, and deploying templates from a Content Library. An error similar to the one below, would be received when attempting to deploy a VM template or OVF from a Content Library, or an error related to connection issues when setting up a subscribed Content

Different Tools; Same Result – vSphere Distributed Port Groups

As technology moves forward, more and more ways to achieve your goal become available. Many people still rely on the good old trusty GUI to achieve their goal, I know I do at times. Is this because it’s quicker, more comfortable or familiar? Or perhaps because they don’t realise there are other options out there!?

NSX-T Manager Certificate Replacement

I decided it was time to add VMware NSX-T to my HomeLab. I had been putting it off for a while but I couldn’t avoid it any longer! Once I had fired up my NSX Manager Nodes and Cluster (I am using version 3.1), I looked to installing certificates. I choose to use a single

Sessions I’ll Be Attending at VMworld 2021

VMworld 2021 is right around the corner! This year we are again unable to attend in person due to COVID-19, however this still gives everyone the chance to attend as its an online event! It is running from the 5th to the 7th October this year – Like many, I have been marking various sessions

Enabling VM Rightsizing in vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS)

One of the many great features of vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS) is the ability to identify and address over or under sized virtual machines. I was asked a short while ago why the option to resize a VM was unavailable or ‘greyed out’ as you can see below. This feature is something that you need

Getting Started With Packer to Create vSphere Templates – Part 1

Virtual Machines Templates, why? Templates are a great way to achieve consistent, repeatable and fast virtual machine (VM) deployments, be it an on-premise vSphere environment or cloud based environment. Having up to date VM templates for each of the operating systems you use, is key to being able to deploy infrastructure quickly and easily across

Upgrading Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 8.3.1 to 8.4

I recently started looking at prerequisites to a vSphere 7 upgrade, by reviewing any associated upgrades that might be needed. VMware Site Recovery Manager was one product that needed to be upgraded prior to this. I decided I would fire up a quick nested setup in my HomeLab to run through the process before hand

Upgrade vRealize Operations Manager (vROPS) 7.5 to 8.4

Recently I tested a vRealize Operation Manager (vROPS) upgrade from version 7.5 to 8.4 ahead of a vCenter 7.0.2 upgrade and thought I would share the process. Something worth noting with this upgrade. vROPS 7.5 is based on a SUSE Linux OS, 8.4 is Photon OS. Before we install the 8.4 update, make sure you

Updating PowerCLI and Cleaning Up Old Versions

Following the recent PowerCLI 12.3 release, I’m sure many will be rushing to make use of some of the great new additions which you can find information on here. I thought I would quickly show the process of upgrading to the latest version whilst uninstalling any older versions you might still have installed. Partly because

Enabling Native KMS in vSphere 7.0 Update 2

Some time back I wrote about setting up and enabling a HyTrust Key Management setup for vSphere to make use of VM and vSAN encryption. Following the release of vSphere 7.0 Update 2, VMware have introduced native key management capabilities! This is a great feature as you no longer require a potentially expensive separate key


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