New Technical Whitepaper - KEMP Virtual LoadMaster

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VMware Documentation on Amazon Kindle

Since moving to Lincolnshire in August 2014 and whist still working on customer sites in London the majority of the time, I found myself doing
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vRealize Automation 6.1, SSO and the Identity Appliance

There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not the Identity Appliance that ships as part of vRealize Automation (previously known as vCloud
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New ESXi Whitebox Servers for Home Lab

I’ve been thinking about retiring my old home lab server hardware for some time now. I’ve had two little HP ProLiant ML110 G5 servers for
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12 Jun 2010
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The following patches have been released by VMware on 27 May 2010 for VMware ESX 4 and ESXi 4. Out of the 29 patches released, 20 are rated critical:

 

ID: ESX400-201006201-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 Core and CIM components

ID: ESX400-201006202-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 mpt2sas device driver

ID: ESX400-201006203-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 mptsas, mptspi device drivers

ID: ESX400-201006204-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 fnic device driver

ID: ESX400-201006205-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 SCSI/iSCSI driver

ID: ESX400-201006206-UG  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 ixgbe device driver

ID: ESX400-201006207-UG  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 Intel igb driver

ID: ESX400-201006208-UG  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 USB storage component

ID: ESX400-201006209-UG  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 qlogic SCSI driver

ID: ESX400-201006211-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 nx-nic device driver

ID: ESX400-201006212-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 bnx2x device driver

ID: ESX400-201006214-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 cciss device driver

ID: ESX400-201006215-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates Driver for VMware ESX 4.0 HP SAS Controllers

ID: ESX400-201006217-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 python component

ID: ESX400-201006218-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0  SCSI lpfc820 device driver

ID: ESX400-201006219-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0  ATA libata device driver

ID: ESX400-201006220-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 Megaraid SAS device driver

ID: ESX400-201006221-UG  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates tzdata

ID: ESX400-201006222-UG  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 pam_passwdqc rpm

ID: ESX400-201006224-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 initscripts rpm

ID: ESX400-201006225-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the ESX 4.0 Web Access components

ID: ESX400-201006226-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 EHCI HCD device driver

ID: ESX400-Update02  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: esx 4.0.0
VMware ESX 4.0 Complete Update 2

ID: ESXi400-201006201-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: embeddedEsx 4.0.0
Firmware update for 4.0 U2  release

ID: ESXi400-201006202-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: embeddedEsx 4.0.0
Tools update for 4.0 U2 release

ID: ESXi400-201006203-UG  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: embeddedEsx 4.0.0
VI Client update for 4.0 U2 release

ID: ESXi400-Update02  Impact: Critical  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: embeddedEsx 4.0.0
VMware ESXi 4.0 Update 2

ID: VEM400-201006011-BG  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: embeddedEsx 4.0.0, esx 4.0.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM

ID: VEM400-201006021-BG  Impact: HostGeneral  Release date: 2010-06-10  Products: embeddedEsx 4.0.0, esx 4.0.0
Cisco Nexus 1000V VEM

 

 

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06 Jul 2010
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I've been working on the topic of replacing SSL Certificates for VMware vCenter and VMware Update Manager Server (VUM) for quite some time now. Earlier in May 2010, I had the privilege to consult a large financial institution in London on VMware and Virtualisation. The consultancy engagement was for only one week and one of my assignments was to create and document a procedure for replacing their SSL certificates on all of their very many vCenter and VUM servers. Now, at first when asked to this piece of work, I asked myself the question: "Other than maybe improving security, why would you want to replace these SSL certificates anyway?" I mean, the standard once generated when you install the vCenter and VUM servers seem to be working fine. However, the more I started to dig into their environment, the more I realised just why they wanted to replace the SSL certificates on these servers. Let me explain:

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10 Jun 2010
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This article forms part of the Replacing vSphere SSL Certificates series.

Before continuing with the steps ioutlined in this article, be sure to have completed Step 3: Submit the new Certificate Request to a Certificate Authority

The rui.key and rui.crt files will be used by VMware products as replacement SSL Certificate files. However in addition to these two files a PFX-formatted certificate file called “rui.pfx” specific for Windows must be created. The “rui.pfx” file is a concatenation of the system’s certificate and private key, exported in PFX format.

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10 Jun 2010
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This article forms part of the Replacing vSphere SSL Certificates series.

Before continuing with the steps in this article, be sure that you have completed Step 2: Generate a new SSL Certificate Request

Now that we have used OpenSSL to generate a new SSL certificate request, we need to submit the request to a Certificate Authority in order to sign a new SSL Certificate based on the request. OpenSSL has now generated the request and saved the request in rui.csr. We now need to open the rui.csr file using Wordpad. Once the file has been opened in Wordpad, we will copy the entire contents of the file to the clipboard.

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09 Jun 2010
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This cannot be regarded as a blog post. However, I seem to be having trouble logging into Twitter with the following message?

twitterdead

 

This has been going on for a while now (more than 20 minutes I think). Is it just me or is anyone else suffering?

 

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