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Grok the Cloud – Page 2 – Virtualization and Automation Ramblings

Auto Deploy 5.1 with standalone vCSA as Auto Deploy server

While trying to setup a pair of vCenter Server Appliances (vCSA) I noticed that the documentation was confusing and incorrect. My goal was to have one vCSA as the vCenter Server, and another as the Auto Deploy Server. You need to make sure that the Auto Deploy service is not running on the vCSA that you…

PowerCLI 5.1 Release1 Move-VM Bug

While trying to write a script to move our VMs to a newly created datastore cluster I discovered a bug in PowerCLI.  The issue only comes into play when trying to convert to thin provisioning. I am using PowerCLI 5.1 Release 1 build 793510. If you run this command you get a giant trace stack:…

VXLAN Setup Video

Just found this video and it does a great job running through the setup:

Nested Networking Woes Solved

It turns out that my issue came from the difference in default behavior between a vSS (Standard Switch) and a vDS (Distributed Switch).  For those that want the TL:DR -> Set all security settings to “accept”. There are three security settings for switches in VMware. Promiscuous Mode – Allows the virtual networking adapter to observer…


Nested ESXi 5.1 Networking Woes

For the past few months we have been running multiple labs, two physical blades each, to do development against the vCloud 5.1 Beta.  With the capacity that we have available in our overall lab, a nested approach like the VMworld labs would be a nice fit for our development team.  Ideally we could spin up full…