Showing posts from December, 2014

Error: Issues information is not available at this time. (vCenter Appliance)

The above was a wonderfully descriptive error I would receive in the web client.  This started appearing after I removed individual nodes from a cluster and readded them back to inventory.  (was trying to clear some bunk HA errors) Long story short, I had to open the C# client to find out what 'warning/error' it was complaining about.  Quite simply, I had forgotten to re-add the hosts back into the vDS and migrate the vMotion/ vSAN vmk connections. Man-o-man, I see why so many people complain about the web client. The upside to the story was I found out a couple of things about vSAN . Having a 3-node cluster minimum, I was able to remove and re-add each host back into the cluster with no issues to VM's running on each host. Even w/ the vDS problem, vSAN kept chugging along w/ VM's running just fine. In other words, even without vCenter managing things, the ESXi hosts kept everything running just fine. This was on my mac mini vSAN cluster .

vCloud Air On Demand (Beta Impressions)

It's definitely beta and I'm not a big fan of some aspects of the implementation, specifically that I might find myself jumping between this and the provided vCloud director a lot.  It's not all bad though.  Click through if you'd like to read my overview/opinion of the service.

Outlook 2013 (Office 365) for Mac Clock Error

Summary: Ran into this wonderful error while traveling.  Thankfully, I still had Outlook 2011 still installed, so I had a workaround for a bit. Clock error The system clock is inaccurate, please set it to current local time. Details: This would occur for no obvious reason, although it does seem related to 'travel' related activities when switching time zones.  Outlook would go into offline mode and would require that I activate it first, activation would fail w/ the above error.  If I remember correctly, I had this happen to me two about a month ago as well, but the activation error went away on it's own after I flew back to my timezone. This time, I screwed around w/ it, and well I probably broke it while trying to fix it before going back to my home time zone.  One of which was deleting the computer from my activated list as a troubleshooting step.  Anyway, Microsoft support on a communities board finally posted a solution, but it was difficult to figure

vCenter Server Virtual Appliance and Native Active Directory, back to the basics...

I had a rather interesting issue w/ my vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA).  I had it natively joined to my Active Directory domain so I could use it as a native identity source in SSO.  I was running into a rather curious issue where I would add a user to the SSO Administrators group, everything would appear to happen correctly, but the table showing group membership would be blank. Searching for users in any domain would work fine.  Just not the membership table (Group Members). Line to capture LDAP port packets from within vCenter appliance (389 for LDAP, 636 for LDAPS): tcpdump port 389 -v -w /tmp/pktcapturefile.log or tcpdump port 636 -v -w /tmp/pktcapturefile.log LDAPS packet capture is somewhat not useful because the packets are encrypted.  The best you can really tell is whether packets are communicating to whom. Come to found out, after working w/ VMware, looking @ a packet trace, it so happened that the user search dialog was querying a domain controller that had D

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