As we are all aware, recent updates to Shockwave Flash caused the vSphere Web Client to crash on most browser platforms. The interim solution was to install an outdated version of Shockwave Flash, just to access the Web Client. More recently, Adobe Shockwave Flash version 184.108.40.206 was pushed out in updates to Google Chrome (and other browser platforms) that fixes the problem.
- Gone is the choice between “Allow Flash” and “Ask First,”
- Now there is the choice between “Ask First” and “Block sites from running Flash.”
- What’s new is the ability to add allowed sites, including the use of wildcard characters, where Shockwave Flash will run unprompted.
Continue reading “The VMware vSphere Web Client is fixed (sort of – until next time)”
Photon OS installs by default with DHCP enabled. This is perfect for building and distributing Photon OS OS as a Virtual Appliance, but for most practical applications, you’ll want to set a static IP address.
Changing the IP of Photon OS involves a newer, albeit standardized procedure of editing files located in: /etc/systemd/network that will be unfamiliar to many RHEL and Debian users. Continue reading “Setting static IP for Photon OS”
For some users, whether you should or shouldn’t use SSH is a matter for debate. Rather than be hypocritical, I simply acknowledge that most admins will access Linux systems using SSH, and prefer to suggest that using strong passwords or passphrases and secure Management Networks is a more realistic approach to Linux administration. Continue reading “Enabling SSH access for Photon OS”
VMware photon OS is described as “yum compatible.” Yum has been the package manager for all Fedora derivative distros like RHEL and CentOS. Photon OS actually uses Tiny DNF (TDNF), which appears to be a fork of the Fedora DNF package management system. Continue reading “Updating Photon OS with yum”
When I first started using VMware products, ESX Server ran on Red Hat, Virtual Center (vCenter) ran on Windows, there was no such thing as a “Virtual Appliance,” or at least the term had not yet been coined and Photon OS was a long way in the future! Continue reading “Building a VM with VMware Photon OS”
Over the weekend Google pushed out an update to Flash (220.127.116.11) with an update to Chrome (61.0.3163.100) and now vSphere Web Client is broken once again! Continue reading “vSphere Web Client “ Shockwave Flash has crashed””
VMware Workstation Pro 14 is a 64-bit Type 2 Hypervisor that is available for Linux and Windows.
As a Type 2 Hypervisor, Workstation Pro runs as an application on top of a full Operating System like Windows 10 or Ubuntu Desktop and claims compute and hardware resources from the parent OS, then allocates those resources to the VMs you create. Continue reading “Installing VMware Workstation Pro 14”
Being successful with VMware vSphere is largely about understanding “Who’s on first, What’s on second and Idunno’s on third,” at any given point in time. This is especially true with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), as it presents a several new console choices to the administrator. Continue reading “VCSA 6.5 consoles and connections”
From time to time, you will find it necessary to transfer files to or from your VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) or ESXi Servers. If you are working from a Windows desktop or server, there’s no more convenient utility than WinSCP for copying files securely between Windows and Linux Systems.
There are a few issues, however, when it comes to connecting to the VCSA with WinSCP that I will show you how to work around without reconfiguring the default shell of your VCSA! Continue reading “Using WinSCP with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance”
I recently went looking for information on password security for the VCSA 6.0 & 6.5 and ESXi 6.0 & 6.5. Most specifically, I was interest in the number of passwords remembered, so I could define that in documentation for a client.
Try as I might, I couldn’t find documentation for VCSA number of passwords remembered or how to configure it anywhere! Continue reading “VCSA and ESXi password security”