Home > Blogs > VMware Education & Certification > Tag Archives: vSphere

Tag Archives: vSphere

How to Reset Single Sign On Password in vSphere 6.x

Periodically we’ll be bringing you tech tips from our Technical Training team on topics they receive questions on from the field. Today’s post comes from Rohit Sachdeva a Technical Training Specialist. Rohit is very passionate about delivering VMware technical training. At VMware, he is responsible for the enablement of the newly hired Technical Support Engineers and he also delivers advanced vSphere training to the more experienced Global Support staff.


Since the vSphere 6.0 release, Single Sign-On (SSO) is a component of the Platform Service Controller (PSC). SSO is the main component of PSC and responsible to provide token to the users to access the solutions connected to vCenter.

It is a human tendency, we often forget the passwords and even keeping a track of the passwords is a hectic job. This is the reason we have SSO as a component for almost all the software which will act as an authentication broker and you do not have to remember password for every solution connected to the vCenter.

One password is enough to access multiple solutions (provided you have permission to access the solution).

Now the billion-dollar question is what will happen if you forgot the SSO administrator password? The simple answer is, it is not possible to manage SSO without SSO administrator. You wouldn’t even be able to promote another user as an SSO Administrator.

So, is there any way to reset the SSO password? Yes, it is possible and here are the steps to reset SSO password for VCSA 6.5.

  1. Log in to vCenter Server Appliance using SSH as the root user.
    ss1
  2. Run this command to enable access the bash shell.
    set --enabled true
  3. Type the shell and press Enter
    ss2
  4. Run
    /usr/lib/vmware-vmdir/bin/vdcadmintool

    This will show the below mentioned console.

    ss3

  5. Press 3 to enter the Reset Account Password option.
    a) It will prompt for an “Account UPN”
    b) Enter administrator@vsphere.local
    c) A new temporary password is generatedss4
  6. You can use this temporary password to login to vCenter server and change the SSO password after login to vCenter server.
    ss5
  7. After login, Click on Administration>Single Sign On > Users
    a) Right click on Administrator and select Modify
    b) Change the passwordss6

We have successfully reset the vCenter SSO password.

New vSphere, Horizon Cloud, and Exam Prep Courses Now Available

This month the VMware Education Services team released several new VMware vSphere® 6.5 courses, a free elearning course on VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™, plus a new video series to help you prepare for the VCP6-NV exam based on NSX v6.2.

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V6.5]

This three-day training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design a VMware vSphere 6.5 virtual infrastructure. You’ll follow a proven approach to design a virtualization solution that is available, scalable, manageable, recoverable, and secure, and that uses VMware best practices. This course also discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage and Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.5]

This extended-hours course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure, and optimize vSphere 6.5. You will also explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect.

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop

This five-day, hands-on workshop teaches you the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to troubleshoot the VMware vSphere® 6.x environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vRealize® Log lnsight™, and other tools to analyze and solve problems.

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6.5]

This intensive, extended hours course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, including VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. Featuring plenty of hands-on training, this course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

VMware Horizon Cloud Fundamentals

This free eLearning course provides information on how VMware Horizon Cloud Service helps IT meet the expectations of today’s mobile workforce. This course explains the architecture, features, benefits, and functionality of the two service offerings of Horizon Cloud and demonstrates how to install an agent and create a desktop image.

VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) Exam v6.2 (2V0-642)

This comprehensive, 110-video training course focuses on preparing you to take the VCP6-NV exam #2V0-642. It includes tips for preparing, an in-depth review of each objective, and sample questions. These videos provide a time-saving and methodical study plan designed to let you review exam topics and identify and close knowledge gaps – building both your knowledge and your confidence before taking your VMware Certification exam.

NSX, vSphere, and Virtual SAN Troubleshooting Videos Now in the Learning Zone

This month in the Learning Zone was mainly focused on troubleshooting. From vSphere to NSX to Virtual SAN, a lot of ground was covered. Standard and Premium subscribers are able to access these cloud-based videos on demand, anytime.

  • Troubleshooting vSphere 6: Tips & Tricks
  • vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis: An Overview
  • Troubleshooting Virtual SAN 6.2
  • Advanced NSX Troubleshooting
  • VMware Enterprise Learning Subscription: A Complete Cloud-based Training Solution
  • vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource

Subscribe to the Learning Zone today and follow the hashtag #NewInTheZone on Twitter to get instant updates on the latest videos!

Over 20 Videos Have Arrived in the VMware Learning Zone!

The VMware Learning Zone has rung in the new year with tons of new video trainings taught by our top VMware experts. These include but aren’t limited to the vAdmin Primer Series as well as vSphere Troubleshooting Concepts. They are all available for Premium and Standard subscribers to the VMware Learning Zone.

VMware vSAN 6.2 – A vAdmin Primer Series

  • Introduction (released in December)
  • Overview and Use Case (released in December)
  • VSAN Primer for the Infrastructure Person (released in December)
  • Applying Business Policy at the VM Level
  • VSAN Troubleshooting Thoughts (Part 1 of 2)
  • Demo: Monitoring Health in VSAN
  • VSAN – Design Thoughts
  • VSAN Troubleshooting Thoughts (Part 2 of 2)

Real Life vSphere Troubleshooting Concepts and vROPS Processes

  • Introduction
  • What is Troubleshooting?
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting Log Areas
  • Mindmap Checklists
  • Manual Troubleshooting Ideas
  • vROPS Overview
  • vROPS Terminology
  • Using vROPS in the Real World

VMWorld 2016 – EMEA

  • 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon
  • An Introduction to AirWatch and VMware Identity Manager
  • Preparing for you VCDX Defense: Things You Need to Know
  • VMware Certification: Overview and Update
  • VMware Enterprise and Learning Subscription: A Complete Cloud-based Training Solution
  • vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource

Make sure to keep track of when new videos are released by following #NewintheZone on Twitter

Save on Training in ASEAN and Australia/New Zealand

SAVENow through 5 May you have two ways to save on training courses:

Australia & New Zealand
Save 15% on VMware Design and Deploy Courses

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Save 10% on our Advanced vSphere Classes

Modernizing your Virtualization Platform – Free Trend Brief

keyAs the mobile-cloud era unfolds, IT organizations must keep pace with accelerating business expectations. But with more and more users to serve, endpoints to manage, and data to protect, in some cases those expectations are outpacing IT’s ability to stay in step. So, how do you close the gap when basic virtualization platforms can’t support the business or the workloads?

This free trend brief explores how the intelligent management can not only address today’s needs, but also help you deal with modern applications and cloud-driven challenges. By detailing key criteria for a successful IT transformation, ingredients for a modern virtualization platform, and factors to help you choose a platform that meets your current and future IT needs, this brief provides a thorough starting point for your explorations.

Download your copy today.

Answering Questions about What’s New in vSphere 6.5

Last month’s free webcast on vSphere 6.5 Training: What’s New gave viewers a high level look at the new features in vSphere 6.5 and why they are important in today’s data centers. It also provided an overview of our new vSphere 6.5 instructor led classes designed to help you and your organization realize all of the benefits of updating your existing vSphere infrastructure to vSphere 6.5.

Below are some of the questions that were covered during the hour-long webcast. A recording and complete list of questions are also available.

 

Can we upgrade directly to v6.5 from v5.1?

  • No. To upgrade from v5.1 you would need to upgrade to v5.5 first, then upgrade to v6.5.

What is the upgrade path from v5.5 including SRM?

  • Check out this KB article for information about the order in which to upgrade components. There are links to the upgrade documentation for each product.

Will backups be incremental, or will it end up having to back up each full VM every time?

  • The backup APIs remain the same for this version, with the addition that encrypted VMs will be also supported, so incremental backups will still be possible.

Can the VCSA migration support migrating an embedded setup to an external setup?

  • You upgrade to embedded, and then repoint as external.

Will VCSA 6.5 be able to operate in Link mode with older version of vCenter?

  • vCenter servers connected to the same PSC will still work in Enhanced Linked mode.

Can you schedule a backup?

  • No, the vCenter backups cannot be scheduled, it is a manual task.

Will it allow you to migrate from a Windows vCenter 5.5 with an external database to v6.5 VCSA with integrated DB?

  • Yes, the migration tool does just that.

AD authentication is key for us since we have SSO. Does the VCSA supports SSO or this is only a Windows feature?

  • Full support for SSO in the appliance.

Is the entire UI based on HTML5?

  • There are several clients – one of which is H5.

Is there a size limit on Windows server drives or the size of the vMDK?

  • The max vMDK size is 62TB.

 

Note: some questions were lightly edited for clarity

vSphere 6.5: Find Out What’s New On November 22 In Our Free Training Webcast

startup business, software developer working on computerLast month, we unveiled the latest version of our leading virtualization platform: vSphere 6.5. With increased simplicity and updates to security and our universal app platform, vSphere 6.5 is designed to help you address challenges of supporting existing and new apps and services, increasingly complex environments, and growing IT security threats. (Check out this vSphere blog post for a high-level overview of what’s new with vSphere 6.5.) Now it’s time for us to answer your questions!

Join Senior Education Product Manager, Andrew Ellwood, on Tuesday, November 22, at 8:00am PST / 11:00am EST (12:00pm GMT) for a free training webcast on vSphere 6.5. During the webcast, we’ll offer key insights into vSphere’s updated features and how they can help your organization realize the full benefits of a virtualized infrastructure. Additionally, we’ll touch on our new, instructor-led vSphere 6.5 course from VMware Education Services: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5].

Register now for this exciting webcast and we look forward to seeing you there!

New Courses on vSphere 6.5, Cloud, NSX & More

NEW CoursesLast month the Education Services team opened registration for several new instructor-led training courses covering a broad range of topics. For more information on these courses use the links below or contact your local Learning Specialist.

vSphere

VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5] explores the new features and enhancements in VMware vCenter Server® 6.5 and VMware ESXi™ 6.5. Real-world use case deployment scenarios, hands-on lab exercises, and lectures will teach you the skills that you need to effectively implement and configure VMware vSphere® 6.5. Note: This course is based on beta software.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] features intensive hands-on training on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. Note: This course is based on beta software.

VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6.5] teaches you advanced skills for configuring and maintaining a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will configure and optimize the vSphere features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and you will discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect. Note: This course is based on beta software.

The intensive, extended-hours VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage plus Virtual SAN Fast Track [V6] combines the content of our best-selling VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course with deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.2. You will learn how Virtual SAN functions as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center.

Cloud

VMware Cloud Automation: Design and Deploy [V7.1] focuses on designing and deploying an enterprise cloud by using a distributed architecture deployment of VMware vRealize® Automation™. The lecture and labs concentrate on designing an enterprise cloud architecture and the effective implementation of a vRealize Automation distributed deployment according to VMware recommended best practices.

Designed for service providers, VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V8.10] focuses on self-service provisioning, the creation of organizations, virtual data centers, and catalog services that include predefined virtual machines, and on-demand VMware NSX® networks as well as the integrated use of VMware Virtual SAN™. This course also covers interfacing vCloud Director with other systems through the use of various APIs.

VMware Cloud Orchestration and Extensibility [V7] explores the use of VMware vRealize™ Orchestrator™ 7.1 and VMware vRealize Automation 7.1 for the automation of VMware cloud infrastructure and IT processes. This course focuses on extensibility and advanced administration through the use of vRealize Orchestrator workflows in vRealize Automation.

Horizon 7

VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage plus App Volumes Fast Track [V7] gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform. You will also learn how to use App Volumes to deliver applications and data to desktops and users in seconds and at scale, managing application lifecycles from installation to update and replacement.

VMware NSX

VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage plus Troubleshooting & Operations Fast Track [V6.2] focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX®. In addition, you will be presented with various types of technical problems which you will learn how to identify and solve through a systematic process. You will learn how to use logical switching, gateway services, firewall configurations, and security services to secure and optimize your environment.

They’re Back! Education Lounge Sessions at VMworld 2016 Europe

211894-vmworld-social-media-FB-1200x630VMworld 2016 Europe is less than two weeks away! We wanted to make sure you knew about the learning opportunities available from the VMware Education Services team.

We have four great VMworld Education Breakout Sessions planned on topics including vSphere and Horizon troubleshooting. And back by popular demand will be our Theatre Sessions in the VMworld Education and Certification Lounge, located in VMvillage in Hall 8.1. You can add these to your schedule using the VMworld 2016 Europe Schedule Builder.

Things to know:

  • Each session is 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A
  • All technical sessions are presented by VMware Certified Instructors
  • Many sessions will include Q&A with senior technical support staff
  • Walk-Ins are welcome! If the session shows closed, come by anyway. We will find a place for you.

INF10005-EDU Troubleshooting Tips for vSphere 6
Presented by: Javier Menendez

  • Tue, 10/18 11:00-11:30
  • Wed, 10/19 14:00-14:30

STO10006-EDU Troubleshooting for Virtual SAN 6.2: Tips & Tricks
Presented by: Javier Menendez
Q&A Support: Francis Daly

  • Tue, 10/18 17:00-17:30
  • Thu, 10/20 12:00-12:30

EUC10008-EDU 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon
Presented by: Linus Bourque
Q&A Support: Johnathan Perrot

  • Tue, 10/18 12:00-12:30
  • Wed, 10/19 11:00-11:30

NET10009-EDU Advanced VMware NSX Troubleshooting
Presented by: James Schallau
Q&A Support: Arantxa Duque Barrachina

  • Tue, 10/18 16:00-16:30
  • Wed, 10/19 15:00-15:30

EUC10010-EDU Introduction to AirWatch and VMware Identity Manager
Presented by: Andy Roberts

  • Tue, 10/18 14:00-14:30

INF10017-EDU vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource
Presented by: Brett Guarino

  • Wed, 10/19 12;00-12:30
  • Thu, 10/20 11:00-11:30

SDDC10013-EDU vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting: An Overview
Presented by: Javier Menendez

  • Thu, 10/20 9:00-9:30

SDDC10019-EDU Preparing for Your VDCX Defense: Things You Need to Know
Presented by: Brett Guarino

  • Tue, 10/18 13:00-13:30

SDDC10015-EDU Prove Your Skills and your Value with VMware Certification
Presented by: Paul Sorensen

  • Tue, 10/18 15:00-15:30
  • Thu, 10/20 10:00-10:30

SDDC10016-EDU VMware Enterprise Learning Subscription: A Complete Cloud-based Training Solution
Presented by: Steve Haft / Jason Dinsdale

  • Wed, 10/19 13:00-13:30