Thursday, October 31, 2013

vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

  • Ensure the vCenter  Manged IP Address is configured so that the vCenter Infrastructure Navigator virtual appliance can access the vCenter Server
  • If you deploy the vCenter Infrastructure Navigator virtual appliance on the vCenter Server, the virtual appliance is deployed without a license key.

Installation & Configuration

Deploy Virtual Appliance and Assign IP and restart the VM it will automatically register with vCenter
Infrastructure Navigator can be accessed via web client
If you have multiple vCenter we can manage the same from following screen
Assign License Key
Enable the Discovery
You will be prompted to enter vCenter Administrator credentials
Once Post Authorization it will start discovery
Once Completed it will display details
Show all in Inventory
View Dependencies

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

vCenter Orchestrator Configuration


VMware vCenter 5.X
VMware SSO
Active Directory Group for VCO Admins

Configure SSO Permissions for VCO

Login to WebClient Browse to Administration / Access / SSO Users and Groups
If required you can create Group called VCO Admin and Add the users you want. For demonstration purpose I have used default administrators Group

VCO Configuration

Deploy VCO Appliance. If you have DHCP enabled it will automatically (As it in my case), however if required you can set static IP
Access the VCO Page by browsing with IP or DNS (If you have configured )

Click on the "Orchestrator Configuration" link.

Authenticate with vmware / vmware

Once you click on Login you will have to enter & verify a new password.
 Click "Apply changes"
You have to restart the service for the new password to kick in

Following Configuration needs to be done

Configure Network

Configure SSL Trust Manager

You need to import SSL Certificates. There are 2 options. Either you export the certificate from vCenter and then Import it from file or directly point to vCenter as I did

URL should be


Authentication :- Register Orchestrator to vCenter

SSO Configuration

This is where you select the VCO Admins group if you have created. Else similar to my case I have selected the Default Administrators

Plugin Installation and Configuration

Here you need to specify the user account which is part of the VCO Admins Group. In my case I have provided administrator account

Ensure following Plugins are selected

Under Plugins Add the vCenter Host

I feel for Best Practices restart the VCO Appliance and ensure everthing is green


On the Getting Started with vCenter Orchestrator. Click on “Start Orchestrator Client”

You will get following screen and you should be able to login using Domain Credentials. Please ensure Java is installed from where you are trying to access

Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password

We were facing issues with Use Windows Credentials option in vSphere Client while accessing vCenter via domain credentials
Following troubleshooting performed along with resolution


Cannot Complete login due to an incorrect username or password


VMware vCenter 5.1 Update b

Troubleshooting Steps

  • Ensured the Identity Source configuration is correct
  • Ensured password has not expired
  • While troubleshooting found that we can login manually however we need to put exact domain name for e.g. if the domain name is ABC.COM we need to specify ABC.COM\Username
  • By Default with Use Windows Credentials it is ABC\Username


  • Upon Investigation we observed/identified that we had not configured Alias as part of Identity Source which is optional
  • Configured Alias as ABC and it resolved it

NetApp Integration with SRM

Disk Alignment

Login to NetApp OnCommand System Manager
Navigate to Disks under storage. Select the available disks and Add to Aggregate. It can be to default aggregate (aggr0) or create a new

iSCSI Configuration
Ensure iSCSI license is Enabled

Ensure iSCSI service is running

Create Volume Groups

Create LUNs

Snap Mirror Relationship

Once the Replication is finished you can add Array Managers in SRM and perform basic configuration