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Maintaining the vCenter Server Database

This video is the seventh in a series of free webinars for you, our customer. This one is titled: Maintaining the vCenter Server Database. It provides a high level overview of the vCenter Server Database architecture as well as best practices and tips for maintaining the database.

The video is roughly 15 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it.

To see details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post: New Free Webinars.

Troubleshooting File Level Recovery with vSphere Data Protection - KBTV Webinars

This video is the second in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware's product portfolio.

The title for this presentation is Troubleshooting File Level Recovery with vSphere Data Protection and it dives into some real world examples of how you can troubleshoot file level recovery issues with vSphere Data Protection.

This presentation was originally broadcast live on Thursday 5th March 2015.

To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at New Free Webinars.

NOTE: This video is 17 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

Three Cool Features in VMware Fusion 7 Pro

Today we have three brand new videos which should be of particular interest to our VMware Fusion customers. These tutorials showcase some of the new features of VMware Fusion 7 Pro, and are based on the following Knowledge Base articles:

Visit these links to see the full step-by-step instructions and try out the new features yourselves!

How to restart the Management agents on a VMware vSphere ESXi or ESX host

In this video we demonstrate how to restart the management agents running on a VMware vSphere ESXi or ESX host.

For troubleshooting purposes, it may be necessary to restart the management agents on your ESXi or ESX host. This video tutorial goes through the steps that you will need to take in order to restart the management agents (mgmt-vmware and vmware-vpxa) directly on the vSphere ESXi or ESX host server.

For additional information, see VMware Knowledge Base article
Restarting the Management agents on an ESXi or ESX host (1003490).

Virtual SAN Interoperability - Planned migration with vSphere Replication and SRM

We have a new video today which will be of interest to those of you wondering how VMware's new Virtual SAN offering operates with other VMware solutions that you may have in your environment, specifically with vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager.

We look at how you can perform a planned migration of a set of virtual machines from a traditional storage infrastructure onto your virtual SAN cluster.

For more information and a full write up of the operations performed within this demonstration, head on over to the VMware Blog post VMware Virtual SAN Interoperability: vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager written by Rawlinson Rivera, a Senior Technical Marketing Architect in the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing Group at VMware.

Using esxtop to identify storage performance issues in ESX/ESXi

Today we have a new vSphere video that demonstrates how to use esxtop to identify storage performance issues in a vSphere ESX / ESXi environment.

The esxtop utility and the latency statistics that it provides are very useful when troubleshooting performance issues with SAN-connected storage. Watch our latest video and learn!

For additional information see VMware Knowledge Base article Using esxtop to identify storage performance issues for ESX / ESXi (multiple versions) (1008205).

vSphere 5.5 is here! - KBs you need to know about

vSphere 5.5 has been released for all to download. We’re sure vSphere users are all eager to install a copy and start kicking the tires, and we’re just as eager to see that you get started on the right foot. With this in mind, we have created the following list of Knowledgebase articles that are brand new, or have been updated for vSphere 5.5 You'll notice lots of best practices KBs here.

The first grouping contains absolute 'must know' information, the second grouping gets a bit more into details.

Also not to be missed:

Introducing the vCenter Certificate Automation Tool 1.0

Fresh out of development today VMware has a new tool to help everyone with the implementation of custom certificates. The vCenter Certificate Automation Tool 1.0, will help customers update certificates needed for running vCenter Server and supporting components. This is primarily of interest to customers who use custom certificates either generated internally from Corporate CAs, or from public CA’s like VeriSign.

To add a little background information various components within vSphere and the vCenter platform use certificates for identifying themselves as well as for secure communication with external software entities (browsers, API clients).  These can broadly be classified into the following categories:

  1. Secure token Service Certificate – Certificate used by vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) for encryption tokens
  2. Solution User Certificates – Certificates used by each solution to identify themselves as users to SSO
  3. SSL Certificates  - certificates needed for SSL communication for the UI and API layer
  4. Host Certificates – These certificates are deployed in each ESXi host and used for secure vCenter to ESXi communication.

Note: The new certificate tool automates the updating of certificates in the management layer only (a, b, c above). This tool does NOT handle replacement of certificates in ESXi hosts.

The vCenter Certificate Automation Tool aims to automate the process of uploading certificates and restarting the following components within the vCenter Platform:

  1. vCenter Server
  2. vCenter Single Sign On
  3. vCenter Inventory Service
  4. vSphere Web Client
  5. vCenter Log Browser
  6. VMware Update Manager (VUM)
  7. vCenter Orchestrator (VCO)

For more information on how to download, install, and use the tool, refer to KB article: Deploying and Using the SSL Certificate Automation Tool (2041600).

Really getting to know vSphere 5.1

Some of you early adopters might have VMware vSphere 5.1 down pat by now, but we're sure many of you are still trying to wrap your heads around all the new bits. Today we thought we'd highlight some really good documentation that is more than just your typical step-by-step instructions. These guides come in multiple formats such as HTML, PDF, EPUB and MOBI so you can download it to your device of choice and carry it around with you. We highly encourage you to check out the following:

To see what's new specifically in vSphere 5.1, these white papers focus on different areas to highlight in depth what the key changes are.

Collecting diagnostic information from vCenter Server 5.1

We have recently updated KB article: Collecting diagnostic information for VMware vCenter Server (1011641) with vCenter Server 5.1 information, says Joel Yaross, Technical Support Engineer in our Broomfield Colorado office.

"If you're using the vSphere Web Client, you can select hosts from which to generate and download system log files with the option to include vCenter Server and vSphere Web client logs. For more information, see KB: Collecting diagnostic information for ESX/ESXi hosts and vCenter Server using the vSphere Web Client (2032892).

Note: You can also you use the Log Browser feature in the vSphere Web Client to view, search, and export one or more vCenter Server or ESXi log files. For more information, see Using the Log Browser to view, search, and export Logs for troubleshooting (2032888)."