Deploying VRA, Setting up MSSQL server errors out with “MS DTC on the IaaS database server is not configured correctly for network access”

Running through the installation and installation of  MSDTC by following the instructions on KB did not help in order to resolve this, I checked the component services on both IIAS and the DB server GO to Start and then search for component services Component services> Computers> My Computer> Distributed Translation Coordinator> Right click on […]

Content library hack(DB)

VMware Content library, A unique way to make VM templates/ISO’s available across multiple vCenter’s. However, It does not handle Datacenter segregation very well when storing the contents on NFS/VMFS. A subscribed library would need dedicated storage space and would be pointless in my setup as I had presented the NFS volume to all host. So […]

ubuntu 18.04 getting VMware guest customization to work

ubuntu 18.x is by default shipped with cloud-init/netplan that breaks when customizing the VM using vCenter custom spec. In this blog, I’ll show you how to get the customization to work with vCenter. On a fresh install of ubuntu 18.04, create a bash script with the below contents (mine was setup using DHCP) Note, […]

any host/VM tasks performed on vCenter errors with ““A general system error occurred: Connection refused: The remote service is not running, OR is overloaded, OR a firewall is rejecting connections””

logs from the above snippet, it appears the connection to vcenter port: 8190 was being rejected. as per Vmware docs, port 8190 is used by profile driven storage so we take a look at profile-driven storage log: at this stage, the service refused to start pointing to an invalid entry in the configuration file. I […]

Enable TFTP on VCSA

Start TFTP service Allow TFTP port on the VCSA firewall Confirm if the port is allowed on the firewall Make the firewall rules persistent: Export Ip tables rule Create a startup script at path: /etc/init.d/ with the below contents: change the permissions of the script set the script to run during startup: copy the contents […]