Printing #migrate2vcsa Stickers and Apparel

Happy New Year! 2016 was a big year for the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). We now have officially supported Migration Tools in vSphere 6.0 U2m and vSphere 6.5. With the release of vSphere 6.5, the VCSA has surpassed its Windows counterpart in terms of features and performance. Then there was the hot swag that debuted at both VMworld US and Barcelona, in the form of stickers and shirts. Yes, there were hoodies too 🙂

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I get daily requests asking where can I get a hold of images used to make the shirts, hoodies, and stickers. The gremlin character that was used during VMworld US has been retired and is not available for distribution. Long live the gremlin! What I can share are the PNG and EPS (vector) images for the penguin from VMworld Barcelona to print your own swag and/or stickers. I used Stickermule to print the stickers in die cut, which makes them look so much better than the regular ones. If you just want to print stickers here is the Stickermule link, just enter the quantity and place your order. There will be more hotness coming in 2017!

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vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 Installer macOS Ovftool Error

Recently, some macOS Sierra users have had an issue with the VCSA 6.5 installer. At the “Set up appliance VM” (step 5), the VCSA deployment and storage sizes are not available. The following error is received “A problem occurred while reading the OVF file.. Error: ovftool is not available”. Let me start by saying this is not an issue with the VCSA 6.5 ISO or installer, it has to do with a change in Sierra. Also, before I go any further, Sierra is currently not supported with the VCSA 6.5 installer. Engineering is working to support Sierra in a future update. The supported system requirements for the VCSA installer are here. With that said, I want to shed more light on why this is happening and what options are available with Sierra.

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vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 Installer Improvements

The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 has significant new features and improvements mentioned here. One area of notice is the installer, which in this release not only has a new look and feel but other improvements. These improvements are not only visible from the ISO, but also during the deployment. The end result is a better experience throughout the VCSA deployment process. Let’s jump in and take a closer look.

Pre-Install

The VCSA installer is now browser agnostic, which makes it more portable. Along those lines, the Client Integration Plugin (CIP) is no longer needed. CIP provided browser functions such as importing an OVF/ OVA which are now native. Other CIP provided functions that are now native include:

  • Exporting VM or vApp as an OVF / OVA
  • Deploying OVF / OVA from a local file system or URL
  • Exporting and importing from Content Library to the local file system
  • Downloading and uploading files to and from a datastore
  • Connecting remote devices to a VM (CD-ROM, USB, etc.)

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vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 What’s New Rundown

During VMworld Barcelona 2016, VMware announced vSphere 6.5. With lots of new features and updates, this is one of the biggest vSphere releases we have had in a while. Leading the charge is none other than the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). VMware’s direction for vCenter Server is the VCSA and it’s quite evident from this release. The VCSA and its Windows counterpart remain on par when it comes to scalability. From an operational and feature perspective, the VCSA has advantages. This post is a quick rundown of the VCSA 6.5, I’ll go into more details in future blog posts. Time to take a look at what’s new and why migrate2vcsa you should 🙂

VCSA 6.5 ISO

Starting with the VCSA 6.5 ISO, improvements are easily visible when comparing to 6.O:

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vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling Hidden Features

HTML5-Fling-icon 1.1I recently wrote about the release of the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling and how to configure it. Since then there has already been an update to the Fling. I’ve gone through update process in my lab using the rpm, but I also decided to deploy a new OVA (version 1.1) and found a few hidden features.

During the configuration of the appliance I found a directory called “vspherefeatures”. The directory contains a configuration file with three disabled entries. Of course the first thing that came to mind is what’s the harm in just enabling one to see what happens. What happened was me enabling all three after seeing the first one worked.

The Three hidden features are Datastore File Browser, Add Host Wizard, and Network Selector. I’m assuming that these are features that will be available in future releases of the vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling. For now looks like we can get a sneak peak 🙂

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