Today working in our vCloud Air Technical Marketing Lab I was upgrading the vCenter Server Appliance from version 5.5 to 6.0 and I came across an interesting issue. Totally by my own creation, but interesting none the less. First of all, I want to thank @anthonyspiteri for his excellent article showing the steps on how to upgrade your vCenter Server Appliance. Read it here The major difference with this upgrade is that you don’t just update the exisiting vCenter Appliance like in previous versions. The upgrade wizard actually deploys a whole new appliance and migrates all the data from the previous version. Its pretty cool and when you configure it correctly, works very well. Upgrading vCenter Appliance 5.5 to 6.0 The error I experienced was about half way through the migration, when it failed with the error “Migration Failed”. It also failed to download the support bundle logs too. Turns […]
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vCloud Ecosystem components explained
During VMworld Chris Colotti and I presented quite a few group discussions on VMware vCloud. During these discussions some people were amazed to find out how many components/products are involved in making up the vCloud environment. When planning on building a VMware vCloud, you are not just installing vCloud Director and pointing it to vSphere, you are designing/building a whole Ecosystem. The list below shows which components are used in building a full vCloud environment. They are listed in order of priority. vSphere ESXi vCenter vCloud Director vShield Manager vCenter Chargeback Vcenter Update Manager vCenter Orchestrator vCloud Service Manager vCloud Connector So why are these components important? When designing a vCloud environment, you need to take into consideration the availability of certain components, like vCenter for example. This is no longer a management tool that is used to manage your virtual infrastructure. This is a critical component of your vCloud […]
Cannot add groups to vCD after configuring LDAP
I discovered today building a new vCD 1.5 home lab, that once you configure the System LDAP, you dont have the option to add any LDAP groups. This confused me, it was possible to do this in 1.0.x. Why isn’t it available in 1.5? What I discovered is that the GUI is still configured for non LDAP authentication. Once you have configured LDAP and started the synchronization log out of the vCloud Director GUI and back in. You will then see that groups is listed under the administration tab. The GUI needs to update its configuration options. Simple solution, but still confusing until you realise.