vSphere 6 – How To Backup vCenter 6 vPostgres Database On Windows

Backing Up and Restoring the Embedded vCenter Server Database

VMware vSphere 6 release brought more robust vPostgres Database which gets installed by default when installing on Windows Server. For users willing to install the Windows version of vCenter Server 6 VMware has prepared a script which can be used to backup/restore the vPostgres Database. So in this post I’ll walk you through: vSphere 6 – How […]

vSphere 6.0 vCenter Server 6 Windows 2012 R2 Install Guide (With External SQL Server DB)

You'll need SQL server native client

VMware vSphere 6.0 has brought simplified deployment model where the dependency on Microsoft SQL server is reduced by using the built-in vPostgre SQL provided by VMware. Supported databases for the windows installation are SQL 2008 R2, 2012 and 2014, Oracle 11g and 12c as well as the option to use an embedded vPostgres database. vPostgres on […]

VMware vCenter Server (VCSA 6.0) Sysprep Files – Enable The “Pi Shell”

VCSA 6.0 Sysprep Files how to upload

Few days back vSphere 6.0 was released. There is many questions on how to do this or that. Today’s answer is on a question how to upload a sysprep files into VMware vCenter Server (VCSA 6.0). In the previous release, VCSA 5.5, there was this option through the WAMI interface (through the port 5480). This no […]

VMware ESXi 6 Installation Guide

USB Stick for ESXi

There is many ways to install ESXi hypervisor. Homelab enthusiasts runs ESXi from USB stick most of the time. Why you might ask? There are several reasons for that. One of them is because it saves one SATA port (in case your motherboard is limited). Another reason is that you can actually go “disk-less” and have only […]

Super Control Panel For Windows 7/8/10 – God Mode [Guide]

Super Control Panel - God Mode

Today’s post is a lightweight post, easy to do tweak on your Windows Workstation or laptop. The tweak you perhaps heard about, it’s about some kind of Super control panel also called Windows “God mode” which allows to access via single folder to everything, or almost. Most of the settings you usually access on Windows is […]

Three Ways to Downgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Version

Create New VM with desired virtual hardware and attach existing virtual disk

If you need to downgrade virtual hardware version of your VM there are several choices. I have previously wrote about this possibility and why one would want to do it here and here (for Wkst local VMs only). Basically VMware supports three ways to downgrade virtual machine hardware version. But first let’s go back in time […]

How to Install VMware VCSA 6.0

How to deploy VCSA 6.0

VMware VCSA (vCenter Server appliance) is more robust and more scalable. Details in my post which has the details of vCenter server 6.0 (Windows and Linux versions). While deployment of Windows based vCenter server is probbably more usuall in the enterprise, the VCSA isn’t that popular just yet. The reason is certainly the previous limitations […]