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Author: Bryan Krausen

Migrating Existing VMware Environment to a New vCenter

New hardware, vCenter consolidation, or upgrading: a few examples where you’ might have the requirement to migrate your existing, managed VMware environment to a brand new vCenter server. In my case, we have multiple vCenter servers and want to consolidate into a single server, allowing us to manage our ESXi hosts across multiple sites in one place.  Sure you can use Linked-Mode to help accomplish this but you begin to complicate the SSO install and, in the end, you still have to upgrade two servers down the road. At the same time, the migration will allow us to make a...

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Part 1: vCOps Custom UI – Customizing the Generic Scoreboard Widget

This will be the first post of many show how to use the different widgets within the Custom UI in vCenter Operations Manager. The Generic Scoreboard can be used to display data for many different aspects of the environment. From items such as Host/VM CPU utilization, memory usage, disk usage to areas such as VM count per host, capacity remaining, or resource waste, the Generic Scoreboard can prove to be a powerful tool for quick access to data. You can use the scoreboard to focus on an entire datacenter or as specific as single disk on a VM. Below...

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Restoring DFSR After Restoring a VM from Backup or Snapshot

With virtual environments becoming the norm in the datacenter, it’s likely you are using some type of VM level backups, such as Veeam, or have used snapshots to protect your data. If you are using Microsoft Distributed File System Replication to sync up your files, restoring from those snapshots or VM level backup may not be the best solution for you. Even if you leverage VSS within your backup job, restoring a participating server will likely result in database corruption. The Microsoft KB 2517913 article shows the symptoms, but unfortuately the resolution is listed as “Contact Microsoft Support”. If you’ve...

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