The VMware vSphere Web Client is fixed (sort of – until next time)

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 The interim solution was to install an outdated version of Shockwave Flash, just to access the Web Client.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 was pushed out in updates to Google Chrome (and… Continue reading “The VMware vSphere Web Client is fixed (sort of – until next time)”

VCSA 6.5 consoles and connections

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.

Using WinSCP with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance

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,… Continue reading “Using WinSCP with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance”

VCSA and ESXi password security

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… Continue reading “VCSA and ESXi password security”

VCSA disks become full over time

I’ve recently spoken with a number of VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6 (VCSA) users that have had issues with the root filesystem of VCSA running out of space. This situation seems to be occurring more often now due to a combination of when the VCSA 6 went mainstream (18 to 24 months ago) and the… Continue reading “VCSA disks become full over time”

vCenter 6 Email configuration remains stuck in 1997

On the release of vCenter 6, I was personally very excited to see several email configurations which had not been previously possible. Listed under vCenter Server Settings > Advanced Settings were the following new keys: mail.smtp.password mail.smtp.username One might be led to believe that the ability to configure a SMTP username and password implied that… Continue reading “vCenter 6 Email configuration remains stuck in 1997”


I was doing an in-place upgrade of a vCenter 5.5 to vCenter 6 (Windows), when I encountered an unusual error, that didn’t seem to have a relevant KB article or much other information. This was most definitely NOT a database incompatibility, as was indicated by the second error. It turns out that the solution is… Continue reading “SSL3 GET RECORD”

Upgrading to VCSA 6 fails

I began an upgrade of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 5.5 to 6 for a small (in VMware’s own terminology ‘Tiny’) vSphere environment of 3 hosts and about 30 VMs. I certainly didn’t anticipate any trouble beyond the usual hassles associated with upgrading an infrastructure-level service like vCenter. Unfortunately, carefully following VMware documented procedures… Continue reading “Upgrading to VCSA 6 fails”

Backing up and restoring the vCenter Server Appliance 6 database

One extremely important advantage of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is its native PostgreSQL (vPostgres) database. With the embedded database and VCSA, it is now possible to support installations which scale to the maximum capability of vCenter, without additional Operating System or Database licensing costs. Incumbent with the use of VCSA, however, comes a… Continue reading “Backing up and restoring the vCenter Server Appliance 6 database”