One thing I did notice was that if you go to to the vCenter > Manage > Settings and click on ESXi Dump Collector I got an “ESXi Dump Collector Service is not running. Enable ESXi Dump Collector and refresh”.
I double checked that the service is running in the GUI and via the appliance shell:-
Even a reboot didn’t fix it!
If / when I find a fix for this I will update this post …..
This post is just a collection of various TIPs and tricks to make the VMware vSphere web client more bearable.
To be fair to VMware it sounds like they are working hard to make the web client better and as of 6.0 U1 and 5.5 U3 there are some big improvements. This video from last years VMworld runs through the various changes they have made and are planning (INF5093):-
However, until the HTML5 version comes out this page will be here as a collection of as many tips as possible…….
The other day I hit the “Associated user’s password is expired” when trying to login to my SSO as the [email protected] account.
You can just reset the password for the account as per VMware KB 2035864. However, on vSphere 5.1 this causes some confusion over the SSO user password and the so called master password (which never changes) – see this communities post for more info.
A quick and dirty fix for this (if you are running the vCenter with a SQL DB) follows.
Take a backup of your RSA DB (if you don’t and you trash your DB then don’t complain to me :)).
Open SQL Server Management Studio, expand the RSA DB, expand the Tables folder and find the dbo.IMS_AUTHN_PASSWORD_POLICY table.
Right click and select Edit Top 200 Rows.
Now edit the MAX_LIFE_SEC column (this is in seconds), so for example if you want to set it to 5 years it would be 157680000 (apparently you can set this to 0 for never expire).Â I’m setting mine to 90000000 (1014 days).
When I upgraded to vCenter 5.1 and being the conscientious IT pro that I am 🙂 I made sure I had good backups for all the relevant bits to restore in case of an emergency. This is not intended to replace a proper backup solution like Veeam Backup and Replication (which is an excellent bit of software which I actually use and highly recommend) but rather as a “belt and braces” supplement.
I have separated vCenter and MSSQL DB servers running on 2 VMs running Windows 2008 R2 (64bit). My DB server is holding the vCenter, SSO (Single Sign On) and VUM (VMware Update Manager) databases. Just to be clear here, this is not the vCenter Appliance.