How to bootstrap VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) onto a single vSAN node

Previously it was a bit difficult to install VMware vCenter onto vSAN since you had to enable vSAN prior vCenter installation, and as you are aware, vSAN is a vCenter feature. VMware finally gave us the possibility to bootstrap VCSA onto a single vSAN node. In other words, you can enable vSAN feature under VCSA deployment. Once deployed, your VCSA will reside on fully functional vSAN. Of course, you must add additional hosts contributing storage to the vSAN cluster. Continue reading “How to bootstrap VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) onto a single vSAN node”

How to manually register storage providers in vSAN enabled cluster

One of the common problems when using vSAN is the missing VASA storage providers registration in the VMware vCenter. There is a number of possible reason for this, but if your network is segmented, and you are using separate VLANs for vCenter and ESXi hosts, then the most common issue is the firewall between the management VLAN (vCenter) and ESXi VLAN. Continue reading “How to manually register storage providers in vSAN enabled cluster”

How to upgrade vCSA and PSC to the latest version – the easy way

VMware suggested way of upgrading the vCSA and PSC to the latest software version is not the easiest way to do it. It’s actually not the upgrade, rather a new installation and then backup and restore of the current configuration. Luckily, there is a lot easier way of doing the upgrade and it takes just about 10 minutes. To do so, first, you must download a slightly different ISO image.  Log in to my VMware and go to Product Patches page. Enter your version of the vCSA and download the FP ISO file, in my case VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.5500-5318154-patch-FP.iso Continue reading “How to upgrade vCSA and PSC to the latest version – the easy way”

How to build latest VMware ESXi ISO image for Intel NUC 4th generation

When it comes to building cheap and reliable home lab Intel NUC computers are huge success. Their low power consumption and small footprint makes them perfect for almost any kind of home lab, including building a VSAN lab. Recently I ran into the issue where I needed an additional network card for my NUC. I needed to transfer vCenter server from iSCSI storage, to a VSAN datastore on the same host. Continue reading “How to build latest VMware ESXi ISO image for Intel NUC 4th generation”