Future of NSX – A Must Watch

Yesterday, I watched the following VMworld 2015 session which talked about the future of NSX along with a live demo showing why NSX is inevitable for our virtual environments. VMworld 2015: NET6639 – Next Horizon for Cloud Networking and Security In this session Guido Appenzeller presents a tech-preview of NSX working with Docker Containers and […]

VCSA 6.0 no more web UI through port 5480

After installing vCenter Server Appliance 6.0, I was trying to login to web UI through port 5480 (https://vCenter6.mytestlab.net:5480) and found out that the web UI is no more available. Earlier in VCSA 5.5, I had used it many times and found it very handy either to check if services are running or to re-configure IP […]

vCenter 6.0 Single Sign-On Users and Groups

If you delete the administrator user in the vsphere.local domain, you can no longer log in to vCenter Single Sign-On unless you have another user with same privileges. Otherwise a reinstall of vCenter Server and its components would be required. So, lets create a second admin user. Add vCenter Single Sign-On User: 1. Login to […]

Configuring vCenter 6 SSO Identity Sources

vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) is an authentication broker and act as a security token exchange.  vCenter Single Sign-On performs the following steps to authenticate a user: 1.  A user logs in to vSphere Web Client with a user name and password to access the vCenter Server. 2.  vSphere Web Client sends an authentication request to […]

Configure ESXiShell Timeout for ESXi 6 host

When the ESXi Shell or SSH services are enabled on a host they will run indefinitely. To avoid having these services left running set the ESXiShellTimeOut. The ESXiShellTimeOut defines a window of time after which the ESXi Shell and SSH services will automatically be terminated. If a user forgets to log out of their SSH […]

vSphere 6.0: Certificate Management for ESXi Hosts

In vSphere 6.0 and later, the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) provisions each new ESXi host with a signed certificate that has VMCA as the root certificate authority by default. Provisioning happens when the host is added to vCenter Server explicitly or as part of installation or upgrade to ESXi 6.0 or later. vCenter Server supports […]