How to Install VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance)

In this article I will show you how to install VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance).

To start, you need an installation kit of vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. For this article, I will use the VCSA version I downloaded from my VMUG Advantage account (VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-5318154.iso).

Note: If you look for VCSA update instructions, check this article: How to Update vCenter Server Appliance to 6.5 Update 1b.

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AWS Weekly News

AWS adds new features or services each week. I plan to issue “AWS Weekly News” on a weekly (lol) basis to highlight new features that I found appealing. Without further ado, let’s roll!

We do have Windows Server available for Lightsail (virtual private servers). Offer is available in all regions, price starts from $10 per month (Windows Server license included, 1 core, 512MB RAM, 30GB SSD, 1TB data transfer) and go up to $100 (for 2 cores, 8GB RAM, 80GB SSD, 5TB data transfer). As for base image, you can choose from Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016 with SQL Express.

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How to Install VMware vSphere 6.5

In this article I will show you how to install VMware vSphere 6.5.

To start, you need an installation kit of vSphere 6.5. For this article, I will use the vSphere version I downloaded from my VMUG Advantage account (VMware-VMvisor-Installer-201704001-5310538.x86_64.iso).

You need to boot from the image you downloaded. This operation highly depends on the medium and the maker of the system where you are going to install vSphere, so I will not go into specifics. For example, I will install vSphere into a virtual machine (a configuration unsupported by VMware, but often seen in home labs), so I will just mount the iso file into the cd drive and power on the VM.

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Latest vCenter and Latest Chrome = No Love

Yesterday I first noticed this Flash plugin crash in my Chrome soon after I entered my vCenter credentials: “Shockwave Flash has crashed – Reload”.
Flash crash in Chrome

I’m running vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Update 1 (6.5.0.10100 Build Number 6671409) and Chrome Version 61.0.3163.100 (Official Build) (32-bit). Initially I thought this is something related to my setup, I reverted to the old Internet Explorer to do my job, and I forgot about the error.

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Into the Lab – This version of vCenter Server does not support Deploy OVF Template…

When trying to start the “Deploy OVF Template” wizard from vSphere Web Client 6.5, you may meet this error:

Deploy OVF template error

This version of vCenter Server does not support Deploy OVF Template using this version of vSphere Web Client. To Deploy OVF Template, login with version 6.5.0.0 of vSphere Web Client.

This error was reported for earlier versions of vSphere 6.5 and VMware released this KB article. VMware added a fix in VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 b.

The issue reappeared in some cases after a new upgrade to the latest vSphere 6.5 Update 1 and it’s treated in the second KB article.

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VMUG Romania

VMUG Romania Meeting Report

VMUG Romania held today the third meeting of the year (a record in itself) in the north part of Bucharest, practically in the area with the highest concentration of IT workers. The main meeting sponsor, Orange, hosted us in one of its modern headquarters.

As usual, Razvan Ionescu and Mihai Huica (the two VMUG Romania co-leaders) welcomed the participants and took care of all the logistics.

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Google Cloud OnBoard Bucharest

Google Cloud OnBoard – Bucharest

Launched end of last year in Tokyo, Google Cloud OnBoard is a series of conferences which already brought together more than 20,000 technology enthusiasts from 49 cities. Bucharest joined it today when around 600 people gathered at JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel.

Talking with some of the participants, it was like Google succeeded to attract talents from all major IT companies from Romania. These conferences are not only about presenting someone’s vision and product, it’s also about networking. I met with friends and colleagues, I made new acquaintances, so it was a good day. My knowledge on Google Cloud Platform is extremely limited, so I had a lot to learn today.

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Virtual VMUG EMEA

VMUGYou are all used with VMUG, but this time you will not be required to travel to attend the event! Virtual VMUG EMEA is a full day virtual event, organized by VMUG on 28 September 2017, 10:00 to 16:00 CET.

Joe Baguley, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for EMEA, VMware, will start the day with the keynote. I have seen Joe in few occasions, both as a keynote speaker and in some private meetings, I always had something to learn. So yes, looking forward for this event!

We will have access to some hands-on labs throughout the day. vSphere, VMware Cloud on AWS, NSX, and vSAN will be the main actors of the labs.

Now, going to the sessions, I can see some great presentations on the agenda. I can recognize some of them from VMworld event, but in case you missed them, it’s always warmer to see the action live instead of a YouTube recording. You can find the detailed agenda here.

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VMUG Advantage – Last Chance for 10% Discount

During VMworld 2017, VMUG ran a discount campaign. It’s not too late, you still have today and tomorrow to purchase VMUG Advantage with 10% discount 🙂

It’s not a requirement for you to actually be a VMware attendee, all you have to do is enter the discount code ADVVMWORLD on the checkout page!

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VMworld 2017 US – Top 40 Sessions

VMware made available on YouTube the recordings of top 40 sessions from VMworld 2017 US. It’s a hard choice, but I made mine, I highlighted in bold the sessions I liked most. Of course it’s a personal choice, it depends mainly on what your area of interest is (you can easily guess which side I’m attracted too).

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