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VCSA 6/6.5 Replace Machine SSL with 3rd party CA SSL certificate SSH (1st Window) “shell” “mkdir /root/ssl” “/usr/lib/vmware-vmca/bin/certificate-manager” Option 1 ** Note name should be the same as hostname (FQDN) SSH (2nd Window) shell “cd /root/ssl” “mv vmca_issued_key.key machine_ssl.key” “vi vmca_issued_csr.csr” Copy CSR to your 3rd party CA and request SSL === Banana & Tea Break whilst you wait issue, mileage may vary === Download SSL cert bundle Copy …

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Due to volume snapshots, a customer lost one of their iSCSI datastores. Because the Zombie VMs have active processes, even with that volume being back online it shows as inaccessible. A storage rescan is unable to unmount/mount that datastore and a reboot option was unavailable. To recover the volume without a reboot: esxcli storage filesystem list Find the naa ID of the effected volume (you can also get this from …

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Converting a VMDK to an RDM Ok a little strange, but sometime’s needs must. So we had a requirement to convert an existing VM from VMDK to a physical RDM. Nice and straight forward however: Create new LUN for the VM, in this case an 80GB LUN for the OS (the remaining disks where already RDMs). Find the NAA indentifier for the new LUN “naa. Find the existing VMDK path …

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Bulk import PST files to Exchange 2010   So, you have a bunch of PST files to import into Exchange 2010? Grant the Import/Export role: New-ManagementRoleAssignment -Role “Mailbox Import Export” -user “username” Get exchange to import every PST under “\\ex01\*.pst” Dir \\ex01\pst\*.pst | %{ New-MailboxImportRequest -Name RecoveredPST -BatchName Recovered -Mailbox $_.BaseName -FilePath $_.FullName -TargetRootFolder SubFolderInPrimary} Watch the progress: get-mailboximportrequest | get-mailboximportrequeststatistics | ft targetalias,percent*,bytestransferred Clear completed imports: get-mailboximportrequest -status completed …

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Resetting Administrator Password in Windows 2008/2012 Nothing quite like not having the local administrators password on a migration! Here’s a quick reset method: Boot from the Micrsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 DVD From the Windows Setup menu, click “Next”. Select “Repair your computer” Under Choose and option, click on “Troubleshoot”. Under Advanced options, click “Command Prompt”. At the command prompt, run the following commands: d: cd windows\system32 ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.old copy …

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Installing VMRC “Failed to install hcmon driver” on Win 10 When trying to install the VMRC plugin on Windows 10, you may get the error above. Just run the installer from the command prompt as Admin. “C:\Users\infinitemonkeys\Downloads\VMware-VMRC-8.0.1-3747990.msi”

Nesting Hyper-V 2012 R2 under ESXi For a client project, we built out a nested Hyper-V server for replication purposes under VMware, works a treat but you need to make a few tweaks before the Hper-V role will install. Deploy a new 2012 R2 VM, GuessOS as 2012/2012R2 depending on your version, upgrade to VM HW version 10. Remove the VM from the VC inventory, download the .vmx and edit …

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Fancy changing your WP logon page? Just add the following code to your functions.php, make sure you adjust the heigh/width & size to your match your image and change the background to your colour of choice (#000) & (#333) in this case. Always best to make a back up first! function qot_login() { echo ‘<style type=”text/css”> .login h1 a { background-image:url( “http://path/to/png” ) !important; height: 180px !important; width: 135px !important; background-size: 180px …

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