RAVELLO: Windows vCenter 6.5 vCenter server errors: 500, 503

December 20, 2017 Kim Bottu 0

If you use a cleanly installed Windows based vCenter server in the #VEXPERT FREE TIER of RAVELLO cloud you might have seen the following errors as well. I assume these errors appear because in the Free Tier,  Ravello isn’t always the fastest environment to start up your server nor to run your workloads. So some services might be timing out while starting up. This will result in a handful of vCenter services not being reachable and an unreachable management plane.  Yes this also applies to a Windows based vCenter server  with an embedded PSC. A server error occurred. [500] SSO error: Cannot connect to the VMware Component Manager https://vcentera.vmusketeers.local/cm/sdk?hostid=8f7ab780-bbd2-11e7-8d6f-2cc260268d52 Check the vSphere Web Client server logs for details. Or the following error: “503 […]

How to setup a VSAN 6.6.1 test environment on Ravello

October 30, 2017 Kim Bottu 0

There are a couple of things to prepare before you can start setting up your VSAN 6.6.1 test on Ravello Cloud. If you don’t have an account, you can click on the picture below which will redirect you to the Oracle cloud signup page (Ravello is owned by Oracle). After signing up you will receive 30 days of free access and a budget of 300$ to spend as you wish. Images For this VSAN 6.6.1 test, I have uploaded the following files to Ravello: Server 2012 STD iso file VMware-VIM-all-6.5.0-6816762.iso VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update01-5969303.x86_64.iso   Create a new application in Ravello In this application you will create all the VM’s you need for this test. Click on create application give it a name and […]

How to configure different networks in Ravello – vEXPERT

October 7, 2017 Kim Bottu 1

Intro As a vEXPERT I am entitled to a cloud lab provided for by Ravello Systems. By default this lab has been setup on a specific network: Until today I have been placing all my objects on my canvas on that same network. Below you can see an example of that. When I take a deeper look in the network configuration of Ravello I can see that the following has been pre-configured for my convenience: A switch: Switch 1 A router: Router 1: A DNS server: A DHCP server: A DHCP range: – A Gateway:   FreeNAS –  double interfaces Today I finally took the time to make some changes. As an example […]

VMworld 2017 – A bold and strong statement

September 15, 2017 Kim Bottu 0

There is no denying it, I am a bit disappointed because there haven’t been any major new technical announcements apart from HCX at VMworld Barcelona and the technical geek in me craves them. But I don’t want you to think that there was no big news. Actually, the opposite is true. VMworld 2017 sends out a clear message into the world. VMware has turned its back on the path of the technical wanderer who tries to redefine himself by trying to play catch up with the big technological buzzwords -such as containers, Kubernetes, AWS, Azure, Google,cross-cloud and micro-segmentation – and instead baffles the world with an enterprise ready eco-system which uses all of the buzz word technologies and offers access […]

VMworld 2017 – Day 3

September 14, 2017 Kim Bottu 0

On day 3, Pat Gelsinger, Ray O’ Farrell and Sanjay Poonen started off with replying some questions the audience have. Questions about a simplified model for licensing which might include NSX (the short answer is that they like to keep NSX licensing seperately for now)   the readiness of the HTML5 client (the HTML5 client contains nearly 90% of the available functionality now), had been answered. Credit was given to the open source community and Pat confirmed VMware’s continued involvement and will continue to invest in Open Source. VMware really appreciates the community that drives the Open Source. In fact there is a department in the Office of the CTO which focusses on engaging with the open source community more […]

VMworld 2017 – Day 2

September 14, 2017 Kim Bottu 1

vBreakfast At 6 AM my alarm sounded and it was time to drag myself out of bed, get some coffee down and move my feet towards #vBreakfast. That was me out and about at 6.15AM and cursing myself around 6.17AM because it started pouring down and I had left my new #BLOGBEAT jacket in the apartment. Clever, only fools ask for rain one day and leave their jackets in the apartment the next day.  At #vBreakfast I got to meet more fellow community members who all looked about as tired as myself *grin*. If that makes you wonder if people can have interesting conversations after jetlag and little sleep, join us next year. The short answer is yes we can […]

VMworld 2017 Barcelona – Day 1

September 11, 2017 Kim Bottu 0

Despite my VCAP6-DCV Deployment lab which kept acting up and having to resit the exam again, it did not ruin my day. I might not have passed the exam but I was offered an exam redeem voucher two hours into the exam after loosing somewhere between 30 and 50 minutes of exam time because my lab just didn’t react at all to any input whatsover. “There will be a next time” – soon. I also had the pleasure to meet two of the finest community leaders:  – Katie Bradley, VMware Technology Network Community Manager @vKTBcommunity – Elsa Mayer, VMware Blog Program Manager @Elsajmayer If you are a current blogger or want to become a blogger, look them up tomorrow and […]

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