Installation and Configuration of vCenter 6.5

For many years, almost everyone installed vCenter on Windows. This was mainly due to the increased scale of the Windows platform over the appliance. Nobody wanted to install the inferior appliance version unless it was in a lab. But over the last few years the gap has closed and now they are on par with each other. So when you take into account Windows and SQL licensing costs, and the single platform for support to fix in case of issues it’s a bit of a bit of a no brainer now to switch to the appliance version. You’ll be glad to hear that there is even a tool in the latest version to help you migrate over from Windows to appliance.

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Entering and exiting maintenance mode for an ESXi host that has Horizon instant clones

Some of you by now will have had chance to try out the new instant clones functionality in Horizon 7. It’s a great step forward in terms of the ‘just in time’ desktop and it’s ability to eliminate maintenance windows and speed up provisioning make it a great tool going forwards. Continue reading “Entering and exiting maintenance mode for an ESXi host that has Horizon instant clones”

VMware announce Verify 2FA

Up until now if you wanted two factor authentication with VMware you used a radius integration partner such as RSA or Swivel to name but two, but now you have a new option. VMware has now included it’s own 2FA within its Identity Manager product for free.

With Verify you can generate a token to be sent to your mobile device if you are online, and an app is available to generate tokens if you are offline. Currently it’s available on iOS and Android with Chrome app for Windows coming soon.

Here’s the VMware blog with a full summary and screenshots