Monthly archives: January, 2014

Using iTerm for access remote SSH to vSphere

At work I use mostly a PC, but at home I use Mac OSX. Therefor I also used Mac OSX terminal to SSH in to my home lab. But I found some shortcomings to the build-in terminal application i OSX. A friend pointed me in the direction of iTerm, and sayed I should have a go at it. So I did. Some of the problems I had with the build-in terminal application was that ESXTOP looks something terrible. But in iTerm all that just went a way. Also iTerm has some cool features like Mouseless Copy, find-on-page search and much more. It free, but I will encourage you to donate if you decide to use it. You can get iTerm from iterm2.com Try it out and let me know what you think about it in the comments below. Thank!
Mac OSX build-in terminal application running ESXTOP:
ESXTOP - MAC OSX terminal
iTerm running ESXTOP:
iTerm


Fast Active Directory object recovery tip for Veeam

The other day I had a customer who had deleted a active directory user by accident. The customer was running some Windows server 2003 DC so no AD recycle bin. So on to veeam for the restore, it took a very long time to complete all the steps, also you have to go to the enterprise manager to approve the restore lab, and then you can go back and start the restore. But I got at tip from @poulpreben over a Veeam Denmark (Thanks!). To skip the approval part in the enterprise manager, you just have to right-click the sure-backup job and choose “Active directory wizard” this will get you directly to the part where you can restore the deleted user, another tip is when you are looking for a deleted user you can just type (DELETED) in the search box, this will return all deleted users. I hope this can help you in any form or way. Please drop a comment below in the discussion box, if you have any tips for restoring AD objects with Veeam. Thanks!


Installing vCloud Usage Meter step-by-step

In this post I will go through the steps needed to setup VMware vCloud Usage Meter (v.3.2). The vCloud Usage Meter is used to collect and generate reports for VSPP’s to send back to VMware for monthly billing of usage. You will first need to download the vCloud Usage Meter virtual appliance in OVA format from VMware here you can also get the User Guide. When you have the appliance, use the vSphere client to delopy the appliance but first you will have to make a IP Pool for the appliance.
Go to the datacenter -> IP Pools tab and click add and fill in the default gateway and subnet mask on the IPv4 tab, do not set “Enable IP Pool”.pic1           
On the DNS tab fill in the DNS setting for you’re setup.

Could not connect to VCSA port 7331

When rebuilding my lab and installing VCSA 5.5, I notes that after a reboot of the VCSA I could no longer connect to my VM’s via the web clients console. I just got a webpage saying; Could not connect to VCSA_Address:7331. As I’m using the VCSA in my lab and with my clients I was a bit disappointed. VMWare has the KB2060604 that solves this problem, but I think that the “fix” should be in all my VCSA setups and therefor this post. Maybe VMware should insert the one line, “set.default.VMWARE_JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jre-vmware” into the wrapper.conf found in the folder/usr/lib/vmware-vsphere-client/server/wrapper/conf, by default? so this issue not occurs if the VMWARE_JAVA_HOME environmental variable is not properly set after restarting the vCenter Server Appliance. Hobe this will help you as well, please leave a comment below.


Free VMware Certified Associate (VCA) exam vouchers ends 31th January 2014

You can still take the VCA exam and use the 50% off voucher from Rasmus Haslunds blog. VMware provides free traning for this exam. The VCA is perfect for anyone starting out with VMware.