Upgrade vCloud Director for Service Provider to 9.7

Upgrade to 9.7 is little bit more complicated, because you need to upgrade (if you are using it) PostgreSQL.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Put vCloud Director + PostgreSQL DB vm’s into maintenance in monitoring system.
  2. SSH to vCloud VM and shutdown services:

    /etc/init.d/vmware-vcd stop

  3. Start nginx or apache to show temporary web page (this needs to be configured ahead). It’s just for cases, that users are trying to connect and you don’t want to have a lot of calls/tickets why the vCloud is not running

    /etc/init.d/nginx start

  4. Check that the temporary page is visible.
  5. Do + check a vCloud vm + vCloud DB vm backup

    do a PostgreDB backup

    1. check free spacedf -hsu – postgrespg_dump vcloud > /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_20200202.sql

    2. check that backup is not zerols -la /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_20200202.sql

    3. output must look similar to this:-rw-r–r– 1 postgres postgres 4114824617 Feb 2 22:03 /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_20200202.sql

  6. Do snapshots on both  VMs “vCloud Director” + “PostgreSQL DB”
  7. Installation and upgrade PostgreSQL DB to v.10

    yum install postgresql10-server

    sudo systemctl stop postgresql-9.6.service && sudo systemctl stop postgresql-10.service

    systemctl stop postgresql-9.6.service

    su postgres

    /usr/pgsql-10/bin/initdb -E UTF8 –locale=en_US.UTF-8 -D /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/

    /usr/pgsql-10/bin/pg_upgrade –old-datadir /var/lib/pgsql/9.6/data/ –new-datadir /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/ –old-bindir /usr/pgsql-9.6/bin/ –new-bindir /usr/pgsql-10/bin/

    change /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/pg_hba.conf same as /var/lib/pgsql/9.6/data/pg_hba.conf

    # “local” is for Unix domain socket connections only
    local all all trust
    # IPv4 local connections:
    host all all trust
    # IPv6 local connections:
    host all all ::1/128 trust
    # Allow replication connections from localhost, by a user with the
    # replication privilege.
    #local replication all trust
    #host replication all trust
    #host replication all ::1/128 trust
    host all all md5

    vi /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/postgresql.conf

    listen_addresses = ‘*’

    Disable PostgreSQL 9.6 and enable and start PostgreSQL 10

    systemctl disable postgresql-9.6.service
    systemctl enable postgresql-10.service
    systemctl start postgresql-10.service

    su postgres

    Remove old PostgreSQL service

    yum remove postgresql96-server

  8. Check that vcloud DB user is owner of the DB in the postgress!!

    su postgres
    #list DB’s

    1. if not change owner of DB “vcloud” to user “vcloud” :ALTER DATABASE vcloud OWNER TO vcloud;

    2. optional you can do second DB backup on new PostgreSQL version
      pg_dump vcloud > /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_pg10_20190505.sql

  9. upgrade vCloud to 9.7
  10. Upload new version/patch to vCloud VM ( ./vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-9.7.0-14535248.bin )
    ensure that file is executable +x flag
    chmod a+x vmware-vcloud-director-distribution-9.7.0-14535248.bin
  11. Run the installation bin file
  12. run upgrade script
  13. Dont start vCloudDriector services after upgrade DB. Manually started Nginx is running!
    /etc/init.d/nginx stop
    /etc/init.d/vmware-vcd start

  14. Reboot vCloud Director VM
    shutdown -r -t 1
  15. Check vCloud Director: https://_VCLOUD.DOMAIN/
  16. Run script for checking edge VM

    /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/cell-management-tool edge-ip-allocation-updates –host vcloud.domain.xyz –user administrator –status/opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/cell-management-tool edge-ip-allocation-updates –host vcloud.domain.xyz –user administrator –update-ip-allocations
  17. After 1-2 business days delete snapshots + DB backup file.

Homelab 2020

Still in progress… not all HW is in the list.. for now just the CORE HW is in the list… and new homeDC building is being build ..



  • Internet 500Mbit
  • Cisco 2970G
  • Zyxel GS1920



  • 2x Xeon
  • 192 GB RAM
  • iDRAC
  • 4x NIC


  • 1x Xeon
  • 92GB RAM
  • 4x NIC


  • 1x Xeon
  • 92GB RAM
  • 4x NIC

NUC1 – Test & Dev

  • i3-6100U @ 2.3GHz
  • 32GB RAM
  • 256GB NVMe
  • 500GB SATA 2,5″
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (one of them is USB TP-LINK U300)


ESX2 (whitebox)

  • Intel G4560 @ 3.5GHz
  • MB: B250M-D3H
  • 64GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • 2x 256GB SSD SATA Kingston
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X540-AT2) Base-T


  • Xeon D-2123IT @ 2.2GHz
  • MB: Supermicro SYS-E300-9D-4CN8TB
  • 128GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • IPMI
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) Base-T
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) SFP+



  • Xeon E3-1220L @2.3GHz (4core)
  • MB: Supermicro X9SCM
  • Case: Nanoxia Deep Silence 6, Rev. B
  • 32GB RAM
  • 16x 2TB SATA
  • 3x 3TB SATA
  • IPMI
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (82574LM + 82574L)
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X540-AT2) Base-T
  • 1x 10Gbit Asus

QNAP 653Pro

  • 6x 3TB SATA
  • 4x 1Gbit

DC 1


  • Internet 100Mbit


GOLEM – ESXi 6.5.0 – Build 10719125

  • Xeon X3450 @ 2.67GHz
  • MB: S3420GP
  • Case: 1U
  • 24GB RAM
  • 5x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 1TB HDD SATA
  • 2x 512GB SSD SATA

D&R Site


  • Internet 50Mbit



  • Xeon E3-1220L @2.3GHz (4core)
  • MB: Supermicro X9SCM
  • 32GB RAM
  • 2TB SATA
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (82574LM + 82574L)


Synology DS210j

  • 2x 3TB SATA
  • 2x 1Gbit

VMware vCloud Director for Service Provider upgrade from 9.7 to 10.0

Check prerequisites, documentation, release notes

Documentation: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vCloud-Director/index.html

Release notes: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vCloud-Director/10.0/rn/VMware-vCloud-Director-for-Service-Providers-100-Release-Notes.html
API: https://code.vmware.com/apis/553/vcloud-director

Instalation,configuration and upgrade guide: https://docs.vmware.com/en/vCloud-Director/9.7/com.vmware.vcloud.install.doc/GUID-F14315CC-B373-4A21-A3D9-270FFCF0A417.html
In my scenario I have CentOS 7 VM where is vCloud director 9.7 running. And another VM where is running PostgreSQL.

Step-by-step guide

  1. stop vCloud services

    /etc/init.d/vmware-vcd stop

  2. backup vCloud DB. In my case PostgreSQL

    su – postgres

    pg_dump vcloud > /var/lib/pgsql/vcloud-backup_20200124-1821.sql

  3. create snapshot on vCloud Director VM a PostgreSQL VM
  4. upload and run installation file


    Checking free disk space…doneChecking for a supported Linux distribution…Detected CentOS7 systemdoneChecking for necessary RPM prerequisites…doneExtracting VMware vCloud Director. Please wait, this could take a few minutes…vmware-vcloud-director-25.2019.09.12-14636284.x86_64.rpmvmware-vcloud-director-rhel-25.2019.09.12-14636284.x86_64.rpmvmware-vcloud-director-h5ui-25.2019.09.12-14636284.x86_64.rpmvmware-phonehome-1.0.0-14574960.noarch.rpmdoneVerifying RPM signatures…doneAn older version of VMware vCloud Director has been detected and will beupgraded to 10.0.0.If you choose to proceed, the installer will stop the vmware-vcd service,back up any configuration files from the previous release and migrate theproduct configuration as necessary.

    Would you like to upgrade now? (y/n)? y
    Upgrading VMware vCloud Director…
    Installing the VMware vCloud Director 10.0.0 RPM…
    warning: vmware-vcloud-director-25.2019.09.12-14636284.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 66fd4949 : NOKEY
    Preparing… ################################# [100%]
    Updating / installing…
    1:vmware-vcloud-director-rhel-25.20################################# [ 13%]
    2:vmware-vcloud-director-25.2019.09warning: /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/etc/global.properties created as /opt /vmware/vcloud-director/etc/global.properties.rpmnew
    ################################# [ 25%]
    3:vmware-vcloud-director-h5ui-25.20################################# [ 38%]
    4:vmware-phonehome-1.0.0-14574960 ################################# [ 50%]
    Cleaning up / removing…
    5:vmware-phonehome-1.0.0-12611311 ################################# [ 63%]
    6:vmware-vcloud-director-h5ui-24.20################################# [ 75%]
    7:vmware-vcloud-director-24.2019.03################################# [ 88%]
    Update completed.
    8:vmware-vcloud-director-rhel-24.20################################# [100%]
    No DSA certificates found; disabling DSA ciphers for SSL/TLS connections. See KB 2056026 for details

    Upgrade installation complete.
    Next steps:

    You will need to upgrade the database schema before starting the
    vmware-vcd service. The product upgrade tool should be run only once per
    vCloud Director group. The tool may be run with the following command:
    /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin/upgradeRun upgrade script

  5. Run upgrade script

    Welcome to the vCloud Director upgrade utility

    Verify that you have a valid license key to use the version of the
    vCloud Director software to which you are upgrading.

    This utility will apply several updates to the database. Please
    ensure you have created a backup of your database prior to continuing.

    Do you wish to upgrade the product now? [Y/N] y
    Examining database at URL: jdbc:postgresql://Postgre-DB.lab:5432/vcloud?socketTimeout=90
    The next step in the upgrade process will change the vCloud Director database schema.
    Backup your database now using the tools provided by your database vendor.
    Enter [Y] after the backup is complete. y
    Running 5 upgrade tasks
    Executing upgrade task:
    Successfully ran upgrade task
    Executing upgrade task:
    Successfully ran upgrade task
    Executing upgrade task:
    Successfully ran upgrade task
    Executing upgrade task:
    ……………./Successfully ran upgrade task
    Executing upgrade task:
    Successfully ran upgrade task
    Database upgrade complete
    Upgrade complete

    Would you like to start the vCloud Director service now? If you choose not
    to start it now, you can manually start it at any time using this command:
    service vmware-vcd start

    Start it now? [y/n] y

    Starting vmware-vcd-watchdog: [ OK ]
    Starting vmware-vcd-cell [ OK ]


HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 3: Tests and Results


Once you hit the “Test” button you can go watch some movies. It’s take a time depend on your HW. For me it was couple of hours.

  • It starts with VM deployment

  • It will create bunch of VM’s (each 4vCPU, 4GB of RAM, 9xHDD (total 250GB))

Testing was done by using Vdbench VM with input argument “-fvdb-8vmdk-100ws-4k-70rdpct-100randompct-8threads


Tested VSAN configuration:

  • 4x Node configuration with 10gigabit connection
  • VC build: VMware vCenter Server 6.5.0 build-7515524

Each ESXi host:

  • Build: VMware ESXi 6.5.0 build-7388607
  • CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(R) Silver 4114 CPU @ 2.20GHz ( Packages: 2, Cores: 20 )
  • Memory: 256 GB
  • Server vendor/model: Dell Inc. PowerEdge FC640
  • VSAN Disks:
    • SSD: Local TOSHIBA Disk (naa.58ce38ee2000c0ad)
      • TOSHIBA PX05SMB080Y
      • 800 GB
    • SSD: Local TOSHIBA Disk (naa.58ce38e06c8a274d)
      • TOSHIBA PX05SRB192Y
      • 1920 GB
    • SSD: Local TOSHIBA Disk (naa.58ce38e06c8a26fd)
      • TOSHIBA PX05SRB192Y
      • 1920 GB
    • SSD: Local TOSHIBA Disk (naa.50000397cc89cd79)
      • TOSHIBA PX05SMB080Y
      • 800 GB
  • After Vdbench testing is finished, the results are collected from all VM’s. And you can view the result at


  • And go through the easy-run-* directories and click on first *.txt file

  • In the .TXT file is summary results

In this saved .zip file are also the graphs with more details. Same what you can see on web http://<YOUR_BENCHMARK2_IP>:8080/results/


Just few of them..

Per disk

Almost in each graph section you can click and get full graphs.

Text results

Also on a web and in the .ZIP file are result in text form…

Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Vdbench distribution: vdbench50406 Wed July 20 15:49:52 MDT 2016
For documentation, see 'vdbench.pdf'.
16:52:41.075 Created output directory '/root/vdbench/output'
16:52:41.106 input argument scanned: '-fvdb-8vmdk-100ws-4k-70rdpct-100randompct-8threads'
16:52:41.171 Adjusted default JVM count for host=localhost from jvms=1 to jvms=8 because of iorate=max and a total of 8 sds.
16:52:41.311 Starting slave: /root/vdbench/vdbench SlaveJvm -m localhost -n localhost-10-180314- -l localhost-0 -p 5570 -d86
16:52:41.333 Starting slave: /root/vdbench/vdbench SlaveJvm -m localhost -n localhost-11-180314- -l localhost-1 -p 5570 -d86
16:52:41.363 Starting slave: /root/vdbench/vdbench SlaveJvm -m localhost -n localhost-12-180314- -l localhost-2 -p 5570 -d86
16:52:41.385 Starting slave: /root/vdbench/vdbench SlaveJvm -m localhost -n localhost-13-180314- -l localhost-3 -p 5570 -d86
16:52:41.408 Starting slave: /root/vdbench/vdbench SlaveJvm -m localhost -n localhost-14-180314- -l localhost-4 -p 5570 -d86
16:52:41.432 Starting slave: /root/vdbench/vdbench SlaveJvm -m localhost -n localhost-15-180314- -l localhost-5 -p 5570 -d86
16:52:41.470 Starting slave: /root/vdbench/vdbench SlaveJvm -m localhost -n localhost-16-180314- -l localhost-6 -p 5570 -d86
16:52:41.504 Starting slave: /root/vdbench/vdbench SlaveJvm -m localhost -n localhost-17-180314- -l localhost-7 -p 5570 -d86
16:52:42.427 All slaves are now connected
16:52:45.108 Starting RD=run1; I/O rate: Uncontrolled MAX; elapsed=3600 warmup=1800; For loops: None

Mar 14, 2018 interval i/o MB/sec bytes read resp read write resp resp queue cpu% cpu%  rate 1024**2 i/o pct time resp resp max stddev depth sys+u sys
16:52:46.275 1 8869.00 34.64 4096 70.24 3.055 2.808 3.639 312.221 12.932 27.3 22.5 4.2
16:52:47.047 2 27285.00 106.58 4096 69.45 2.133 1.826 2.830 29.948 3.173 58.3 20.5 3.5
16:52:48.077 3 29975.00 117.09 4096 70.13 2.118 1.781 2.912 46.267 3.361 63.5 13.6 2.4
16:52:49.065 4 30425.00 118.85 4096 69.48 2.089 1.716 2.938 30.170 3.152 63.6 6.4 1.1
16:52:50.068 5 31824.00 124.31 4096 70.48 2.003 1.651 2.842 59.798 3.233 63.7 3.2 0.7
16:52:51.060 6 31044.00 121.27 4096 69.51 2.048 1.700 2.840 52.844 3.213 63.5 13.5 1.8
16:52:52.066 7 33020.00 128.98 4096 70.06 1.933 1.629 2.643 26.811 2.974 63.9 5.8 1.0
16:52:53.063 8 32574.00 127.24 4096 69.99 1.954 1.629 2.713 28.718 3.070 63.7 3.7 0.7
16:52:54.057 9 32823.00 128.21 4096 69.90 1.947 1.609 2.732 23.752 3.194 63.9 3.7 0.7
16:52:55.056 10 33120.00 129.38 4096 69.56 1.926 1.599 2.673 24.818 3.125 63.8 2.6 0.7
16:52:56.051 11 32846.00 128.30 4096 69.28 1.928 1.639 2.580 24.851 2.875 63.4 3.8 1.0
16:52:57.059 12 32356.00 126.39 4096 69.44 1.976 1.672 2.669 30.840 3.177 63.8 2.6 0.3
16:52:58.080 13 34012.00 132.86 4096 69.92 1.905 1.575 2.670 28.106 3.177 64.8 2.0 0.7
16:52:59.057 14 33399.00 130.46 4096 70.01 1.877 1.570 2.594 38.115 3.134 62.6 3.6 1.6

Related parts:

HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 1: Installation
HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 2: Configuration
HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 3: Tests and Results

HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 2: Configuration

Benchmark VM Configuration

Default configuration

  • Once the VM is deployed turn it on.
  • Go to your browser and navigate to your benchmark VM “Benchmark2” in my case. And enter your “root” password what you set during OVF deployment.http://<YOUR_BENCHMARK2_IP>:8080/

Continue reading “HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 2: Configuration”

HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 1: Installation

What is HCI Bench


HCIBench stands for “Hyper-converged Infrastructure Benchmark”. It’s essentially an automation wrapper around the popular and proven VDbench open source benchmark tool that makes it easier to automate testing across a HCI cluster. HCIbench aims to simplify and accelerate customer POC performance testing in a consistent and controlled way. The tool fully automates the end-to-end process of deploying test VMs, coordinating workload runs, aggregating test results, and collecting necessary data for troubleshooting purposes.

HCIBench is not only a benchmark tool designed for vSAN, but also could be used to evaluate the performance of all kinds of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Storage in vSphere environment.


User Guilde:




  • vSphere 5.5 environment or higher with vCenter (doesn’t support deployment on a standalone ESXi host).
  • Good to have DHCP on VLAN where the benchmark VM will be deployed.
  • vMotion configured




  • Select name and location for your VM


  • Review details

  • Accept license agreement
  • Select storage. Put it outside the VSAN datastore

  • Select destination network
    If there’s no DHCP Server on the VLAN which Vdbench client VMs will be deployed on, or the VLAN for Vdbench client VMs can not be routed from the Public Network, map this Network to the VLAN and Enable DHCP Service in the Web UI if needed

  • Customize the VM. As I am using DHCP in my LAB so all Network fileds are empty. And at the bottom enter your password for root.

  • Review configuration data before deployment


  • Hit “Finish” and watch progress in “Recent Tasks”



Related parts:

HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 1: Installation
HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 2: Configuration
HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 3: Tests and Results



Source: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/hcibench

VMware User Group Czech Republic – meeting – 4.12.2017

It’s almost a 2months back, but you know.. a lot of other stuff was more important.



8:00 8:50 Registration / Welcome tea/coffee
8:50 9:00 VMUGCZ Leader’s – Welcome…
9:00 9:45 Duncan Epping – “(r)Evolution of vSAN” – Keynote speaker
9:50 10:35 Andrey Zhelezko – Veeam and VMware Best Practices 2017 edition
10:35 10:55 Coffee break
10:55 11:40 Mark Brookfield – Moving Code from Dev to Prod using vRealize Automation and Code Stream
11:45 12:30 G2 server CZ – Michal Hampl (Chief Technology Officer), Martin Javorský (Infrastructure Director),
Vojtěch Morávek (Chief Product Officer) – Jak děláme cloud v G2
12:30 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 14:15 David Pasek – CLI for VMware Distributed Switch (Community project)
14:20 15:05 HPE – presentation
15:10 15:55 Andrea Mauro – The dark side of stretched cluster
15:55 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 17:00 Runecast – presentation
17:05 17:50 Vladan Laxa – vSphere Automation

Speakers Experts:

Duncan Epping:

Chief Technologist @VMware | Author of http://Yellow-Bricks.com , Essential Virtual SAN, Clustering Deepdive | Hyper-Converged, Software-Defined Storage, vSphere

Mark Brookfield:
PSO Consultant @VMware specialising in cloud infrastructure & management. vExpert, VCAP5-DCA/DCD, VCP-DT, MCITP, MCSE, CCNA, ITIL. Tweets are my own.

Andrew Mauro
ITPro. Accreditations: vExpert 2010-17,MVP 2014-16,NTC.Some certifications: VCDX-DCV,VCAP-*,VCP-*, MCSA,MCSE,MCITP,CCA,NPP. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member.

 David Pasek
An IT Pro specializing in next gen computing (virtualized compute/storage/networking). IT geek who knows he know nothing but everyday learns. VCP,VCAP,VCDX #200

Vladan Laxa
virtualization enthusiast and opensource fan, VCP6.5-DCV

Automated VMware expertise – Proactively use VMware KBs, best practices and security hardening guidelines to protect your environment

Official agenda:

And some photos from event:

Duncan Epping – “(r)Evolution of vSAN” – Keynote speaker

Coffee break

Mark Brookfield – Moving Code from Dev to Prod using vRealize Automation and Code Stream

G2 server CZ – Michal Hampl (Chief Technology Officer), Martin Javorský (Infrastructure Director), Vojtěch Morávek (Chief Product Officer) – Jak děláme cloud v G2

David Pasek – CLI for VMware Distributed Switch (Community project)

HPE – presentation

Andrea Mauro – The dark side of stretched cluster

Runecast – presentation

And a lottery 🙂

Upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication from 9.0 to 9.5


Check status of Veeam services

Get-Service Veeam*


Status   Name               DisplayName
------   ----               -----------
Running  VeeamBackupSvc     Veeam Backup Service
Running  VeeamBrokerSvc     Veeam Broker Service
Running  VeeamCatalogSvc    Veeam Guest Catalog Service
Running  VeeamCloudSvc      Veeam Cloud Connect Service
Running  VeeamDeploySvc     Veeam Installer Service
Running  VeeamMountSvc      Veeam Mount Service
Running  VeeamNFSSvc        Veeam vPower NFS Service
Running  VeeamTapeSvc       Veeam Tape Access Service
Running  VeeamTransportSvc  Veeam Data Mover Service

Before upgrade stop all your Veeam jobs and disable all Veeam services and restart server.

 Set-Service VeeamBackupSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamCatalogSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamCloudSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamDeploySvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamMountSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamNFSSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamTapeSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamTransportSvc -StartupType Disabled

Once the server is back online run the setup.exe, accept the license and click Next



Setup will inform you about detected previous version



and recognize that you have already licenced version. If you want to provide new license number just click Browse and add new license file.


Veeam 9.5 require Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL2014 and Management Objects. And if you didnt install it already, it will inform you. You have the option to install it now .. just press Install.



once installed  you can click Next and continue with upgrade.veeam6

Choose under which account will be your Veeam Backup & Replication service running.


Choose a database instance. I am using local MSSQLDB.


Setup will ask if you are sure to use this database and if required upgrade it.


Now all prerequisities are done and you can isntall upgrade.






.. and finished. Your Veeam Backup & Replication was upgraded to version 9.5veeam12

You can connect ..



after login as a last step server componnents will be upgraded.veeam14


Once done you can use Veeam Backup & Replication and do backups.


All services which were stopped and disabled before installation are automatically set as Automatic startup.

VCSA – vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 – backup


  • Login to admin environment of vCenter appliance



  • Choose backup



And in wizard fill all the info:

  • Protocol [HTTPS or HTTP or SCP or FTPS or FTP]
  • Location [server_IP_or_DNS/EmptyDirectory]
  • Port [if you use standard ports for protocols above, then you can skip]
  • UserName
  • Password

Continue reading “VCSA – vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 – backup”

CZ VMUG – Praha – 6.12.2016

Few days back was 2nd CZ VMUG.


Katarina Wagnerova [@_KatkaW_] presenting her way to VDM (Virtual Design Master). This was an awesome presentation. Really breath taking. Where she found all the time to do it in such a short time.




Paudie ORiordan [@oriorp] was doing live scripted demo of 2node vSAN. Amazing presentation from the VMware guy. Who know a lot about VSAN.



Presentation of “Metro Cluster HA or DR“ was from Czech TAM’s David Pasek  (VCDX200) and Standa Jurena. A lot of information from the field. And they give us a lot of information from Metro Cluster HA and DR. At the end of the presentation you should know the main reasons for “what to choose” Metro Cluster HA or DR.



Veeam presentation was full of practical information about the new version of their backup software Veeam Backup & Replication presented by Boris Mittelmann.



at the end I want to thank you to our VMUG leaders..

VMware Workstation Pro 12.5 release

What’s New

VMware Workstation 12 Pro version 12.5 is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 12 Pro users, it adds support for the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • Windows Server 2016

VMware Workstation 12 Pro Version 12.5 also contains bug fixing, security updates and performance improvements.


VMware Workstation 12 Pro Version 12.5 | 13 SEP 2016 | Build 4352439
Last updated: 13 SEP 2016

VMware Workstation Pro Documentation

Release notes

source: official site

Veeam backup Agent for Linux update to BETA2 on CentOS 7


Now I want to update it with newer version “beta2” which was released recently. First of all download BETA2 files for your Linux distribution. In my case RPM files for RedHat/Centos 7 from Veeam site.

First of all you need to uninstall “beta1” to be able to install “beta2” properly.

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new NUC in my home lab


Home LAB starts to grow. More and more test lab VM’s, nested ESXi hosts etc. So  I was looking for another node. Dont want to spent a fortune so the price was the key. I had also other minimum requirements as 32GB of RAM and power consumption. After few weeks of searching I decide to buy a Intel NUC.

Components added to my #HOMELAB:

  • Intel 6th Generation NUC NUC6i3SYH
  • 2x Kingston 16GB DDR4 2133MHz SODIMM
  • USB3 TP-LINK  UE300 gigabit NIC
  • 8GB San Disk Cruzer Fit
  • HDMI to VGA adapter


Disclaimer: The Intel NUC is not on VMware’s official Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)

Veeam backup Agent for Linux (beta) CentOS 7

today just received an email from Veaam with link and code. So I can download the beta agent for linux.  In my case I will use CentOS 7  linux distribution 64bit.

Installation is easy, with some tricky part. As on installation page here is step-by-step  info about how to install the Veeam Linux agent. But I am missing step-by-step info about how to install prerequisites. So you can read it here for CentOS 7 Linux.

First of all update your server. Once done,  reboot the server if during your update was installed new kernel.

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2nd NIC for my NUC

Intel NUC is the best piece of HW for HOME mini-LAB. But once you start grow you need more network bandwith. And one pNIC is not enough. After few sec of googling I find great page DevTTY. Where is a lot of information about “supported” USB NIC for your Intel NUC. I choose TP-LINK UE300 because I had a couple of TP-LINK (3210, 5426) switches and they are doing great job.

So I ordered TP-LINK UE300 USB 3.0 network card. Once it was delivered to me, I connected it to the NUC. Then download the driver from DevTTY and upload it to one of my datastore.  No maintenance, reboot is needed. The only thing you need to do is to change the “Host Image Profile Acceptance Level”  to  “Community supported”.

Host Image Profile Acceptance Level-Community

Then just log in to the ESXi console and install VIB file with command:

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