vcsa

Upload to Datastore failure – Self Signed Certificate Error

When uploading file to Datastore you receive: The operation failed for an undetermined reason.  Typically this problem occurs due to certificates that the browser does not trust….

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In most corporate environments you will be using an Internal or External Certificate Authority and so you will be looking to use that, however in my lab I haven’t set one up.

When you connect to your vCenter (I have tested with Chrome and IE) you receive: There is a problem with this websites security certificate

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Select Continue to this Website (not recommended)

Your vCenter page will load.  At the Bottom Right there is an option to Download trusted root CA certificates

NOTE: I only saw and tested this with vSphere 6.5 and with the VCSA – I have read this option is only available with VCSA and in 6+

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Select this and save the ZIP file

Open the file and navigate to the Certs folder – there will be a Linux, Mac and Windows folder – open the appropriate folder4

There are two files, we want the file ending in 0 (NOT r0)

Extract this file by dragging to an appropriate directory

Rename the file by changing the extension from .0 to .cer

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Open a Command Prompt with Administrator rights and select Yes at the Prompt6

Type: certmgr.msc

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And press Enter – this will bring up the Certificate Manager

Navigate to Trusted Root Certification Authorities and expand this

Right click on Certificates and select All Tasks > Import

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Select Next and Browse to the Certificate you just renamed and select Next

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Leave the Defaults and Finish

Select Yes at the Security Warning

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And you should see: Import Successful

Close your Browser and then Re-open and try to access vCenter again

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After this I was able to upload files to my datastores

VIRTUAL LAB – PART 5 – vCenter Setup

So my VCSA is now up and running, I just need to go into vCenter and do some config

  • Licenses
  • Create Datacenter, add Hosts etc..

First thing to do is log in using URL structure: https://<IP of vcsa>//vsphere-client/?csp

NOTE: If you just go to the IP of your vCenter it will give you options to use either HTML5 or Flash

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I selected the Flash client which uses the URL above

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VCSA (vCenter) Log Locations

Here are a few log files I found useful when deploying the VCSA (vCenter Appliance)

  • /var/log/firstboot
    • rpmInstall.json – A JSON formatted file containing status messages.  Contains progress information, and error messages.
    • cloudvm.log – Log messages created throughout the vCenter Server Appliance installation process.
    • firstbootStatus.json –  A JSON file containing the current status of the installation process. 

VCSA – Failed to execute, during Setup Wizard

When running through the Setup Wizard in the vCenter Server Appliance  version 5.5

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you receive:

Failed to execute ‘/usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg ‘db’ write’…..

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This occurs for SSO and the Database Setup

Connect to the VCSA via Console and Stop the vmware.vpxd service

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Once this is down – go back to the GUI and re-run the Setup Wizard