Category Archive: VMware

Runecast Analyzer v5.1 Released

Been a little bit over three months since Runecast released its 5.0 version and a few days ago the first corresponding dot release was made available meaning the latest Runecast version is now 5.1. This is really good news for all of you out there running VMware vSphere on Nutanix since best practices validation for …

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VMware PowerCLI 12.3 Released

Quick note to let you know that VMware PowerCLI version 12.3 was released last week, to be more specific April 8th. I trust most of you knows that PowerCLI is built is a tool built on Windows PowerShell and used for command line management and or scripting purposes. The new release is 12.3 is a …

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Runecast Analyzer v5.0 Released

Two days ago, 2021-03-31, Runecast released a new major version of their software, Runecast Analyzer, meaning the latest and greatest version is now 5.0. The 5.0 version comes with a huge focus on Microsoft Azure. You can monitor/scan your Azure environment to make sure it adheres to best practices plus the CIS Benchmarks security standard. …

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Set VMware ESXi Date & Time Using esxcli

Yesterday, 2021-03-02, i ran into a problem where one ESXi server didn’t sync it’s time with the NTP server configured. It was lagging approximately 2h, 22min & 15sec. Current UTC was 07:51:55 when it should have been 10:13 The well known command esxcli is your friend if doing this via command line via SSH. trying …

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Runecast Analyzer v4.5 Released

Yesterday, 2020-09-30, Runecast released a dot version of their software, Runecast Analyzer, meaning the latest and greatest version is now 4.5. This version adds Kubernetes (K8s) infrastructure capabilities by including checks against Kubernetes best practices as well as CIS benchmark for Kubernetes (security standard). If you have been working with containers you know that there …

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Runecast Analyzer v4.3 Released

Just a few weeks after the release of Runecast 4.2 which you can read more about here Runecast released yet another new version. This means the latest one available is version 4.3. Two major new enhancements are included in the 4.3 release including: Enterprise Console which is built to operate very large environments since the …

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Runecast Analyzer v4.2 Released

Runecast Analyser 4.2 has been released and this version comes with one major announcement which will make the security focused group very happy and one which will make a specific application team very happy. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)  capabilities makes is possible to improve and automate cybersecurity and Runecast includes all five …

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vCenter Server Services Fails To Start After Upgrade To 6.7 U2c

A while back I did a VMware vCenter Server upgrade, version 6.7 to version 6.7 U2c. The upgrade completed successfully but some services including e.g. vmware-vpxd didn’t start. Checking the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) I could see that quite a few services with Startup Type Automatic was not running and service “VMware vCenter-Services” …

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VMware Tools 11.0 Released

VMware released a new major version of VMware Tools last week, 2019-09-19, meaning the latest and greatest version for Windows and MacOS is no version 11.0. Starting earlier this year VMware added the pvscsi & vmxnet3 drivers to the Microsoft Update Service and by VMware Tools version 11 the VMCI (VMware Virtual Machine Communication Interface) driver …

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Upgrade VMware vCenter Server Appliance Via VAMI

If I’m not completely mistaken VMware introduced the Update vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) using the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) in vSphere 6.0 U1 but don’t hold that against me. Anyway this post will tell you how to go about performing the update which is really simple to do. Just follow the below process …

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Remediate ESXi Hosts Via vSphere Update Manager Not Working

After upgrading VMware vCenter Server to version 6.7 U2c I ran into a problem with vSphere Update Manager (VUM) when trying to both Check Compliance and Remediate ESXi hosts. After clicking the CHECK COMPLIANCE shown in the above figure I got error: “VMware vSphere Update Manager had an unknown error. Check the events and log …

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VMware vRealize Automation XaaS Architect Configuration

Quick blog post about how to enable you to create vRealize Automation Anything As A Service, XaaS, blueprints. This is a follow up blog post to the below deployment & initial configuration once: VMware vRealize Automation 7.6 Deployment Mware vRealize Automation 7.6 Initial Configuration So the only thing left to configure in vRealize Automation (vRA) …

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VMware vRealize Automation 7.6 Initial Configuration

Following up on the previous vRealize Automation (vRA) deployment blog post I need to take care of the initial configuration before I can start using the vRA virtual appliance (VA). I don’t need any Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities for my work so I’ll skip that which saves me a lot of time during …

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Runecast Analyzer v3.0 Released

Runecast Analyzer version 3.0 was released last week, 2019-08-21, and comes with some really nice new features and improvements. Two major improvements are scalability to increase performance and reliability for even the largest VMware environments out there. From a security perspective Runecast 3.0 comes with an API-driven token creation, expiration configuration & editable PCI-DSS security checks. Log analysis has …

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VMware PowerCLI 11.4.0 Released

Just a quick note to let you know that VMware just released a new version of PowerCLI which is tool built on Windows PowerShell and used for command line management or scripting purposes. The new release is 11.4.0 and this dot release comes with the following enhancements: Support for Horizon View 7.9 Storage module – …

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VMware vRealize Automation 7.6 Deployment

It’s been a while since I did any hands-on with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), formerly known as vCloud Automation Center, but a while ago I was asked to do some integration work between vRA and Nutanix Era. Before jumping in and developing vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) workflows I obviously need a vRA environment:) This blog post …

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