vCF validation fails – Found zero SSD devices

Following my first tests in a nested environment, I wanted to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation 3.7 on physical machines this time. I received a couple of prepared ESXi hosts on which I planned to deploy vCF. During the configuration file validation however I received following message: “Host <HOST-IP> found zero SSD devices for SSD cache … Read morevCF validation fails – Found zero SSD devices

Download vCF Upgrade Bundles using a proxy server

The usual way to download the upgrade bundles in VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 is in the SDDC Manager Dashboard. After entering the credentials of your My VMware account under Administration –> Repository Settings in the SDDC Manager, you will find the bundles in Repository –> Bundles as described in the official documentation. I won’t describe the whole … Read moreDownload vCF Upgrade Bundles using a proxy server

VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 Nested Deployment – Part 2

vCF deployment preparation In the last article I described how I prepared my underlying infrastructure for the deployment of vCF. This one details the preparation steps required to deploy vCF. Before starting the deployment process, following tasks are required: Download Deployment VM (I used version 3.5 – vcf-cloudbuild-3.5.0.0-11215871_OVF10.ova) Download Deployment Parameter Sheet (vcf-ems-deployment-parameter_3.5.xlsx) Complete Deployment … Read moreVMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 Nested Deployment – Part 2

VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 Nested Deployment – Part 1

Introduction  After attending a couple of sessions about VMware Cloud Foundation at VMworld I wanted to try deploying it myself and see how it works. I prepared myself, read a couple of documents like the Architecture and Deployment Guide and the Operations and Administrations Guide and started planning my first deployment. I managed to get … Read moreVMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 Nested Deployment – Part 1

Ansible – Getting started – Part 1

Introduction As I started recently to concentrate more IT automation (e.g. for infrastructure, containers or even cloud) I decided to start playing with Ansible. In the last couple of weeks and months I heard about Ansible quite often, which is why I wanted to know more about it. So what is Ansible? Ansible is an … Read moreAnsible – Getting started – Part 1

My VMworld 2018 Europe review and experience

Between 5th and 8th November VMware organized again the European Edition of its famous VMworld conference at the Fira in Barcelona. This time, for VMware’s 20th anniversary there were according to VMware about 12.000 visitors, which is a new record for the European version of VMworld. Like last year I found it very interesting and … Read moreMy VMworld 2018 Europe review and experience

Restoring vCenter access after being blocked by a Deny All rule in NSX DFW

The issue I recently had an issue to solve with an NSX(-v) instance in which the default firewall rule had been set to reject without an exception defined for the vCenter Server. As a result, the communication between the vCenter Server appliance and NSX Manager was interrupted, which blocked vCenter Server completely from accessing the … Read moreRestoring vCenter access after being blocked by a Deny All rule in NSX DFW

Repair disconnected vCenter Server when no ephemeral portgroup is available

The problem I had the issue with a crashed vCenter Server which was configured on an non-ephemeral portgroup and was disconnected. As the vCenter Server was down, and the portgroup was a non-ephemeral one, no new ports could be allocated. In that particular case a new standard vSwitch has to be created, vCenter needs to … Read moreRepair disconnected vCenter Server when no ephemeral portgroup is available