How to kill a problematic VM via SSH

If you have a VM that is locked up and can’t be shut down from vsphere, you can do the following: Open a console session where the esxcli tool is available, either in the ESXi Shell, the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA), or the location where the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) is installed. Get a list …

How to set your vCenter 6 Virtual Appliance as a coredump collector

First you need to enable coredump collection on the appliance.  In vsphere web client, click on System Configuration in the Administration section.  From there you will see Services.  In my case, this service was in the Not Applicable section.  Click on the service named VMware Syslog Service.  Now you drop down Actions, and Start the service. …

Exclude domains from Horizon View

You can use an exclusion list to specify the domains that View excludes from the results of a domain search. This will not only speed up your environment, but it will also be less confusing to end users that need to pick the correct domain to log into. On your View Connection server, open an …

How to Export Self-Signed SSL certificates from a Vcenter Server Appliance for use with Citrix XenDesktop 7.5

I had some trouble finding the information online to complete this task, so I figured I’d explain it here.  This is a task specific to dealing with the VMware Vcenter Appliance.   Log in to your Vcenter appliance. Click the network tab, then click address section. Change the hostname to something like vcenter.domain.com save settings. …

How to apply OpenSSL Heartbleed patches for ESXi 5.5

VMware has just released updates for ESXi 5.5 that address the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability by updating OpenSSL to the latest version 1.0.1g (Please note: Older versions of ESXi are not vulnerable, because they use OpenSSL versions <1.0.0). Please note: The out-of-band patch for the Heartbleed issue is provided as two different Offline patch bundles: One includes …

How to update your standalone ESXi Host

After announcing it at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco VMware has released vSphere 5.5 (and other related product updates) – surprisingly on a Sunday.  Here are links to the downloads: http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2013/09/22/start-engines-time-download-vsphere-5-5/   In this post I will provide a quick way to update your standalone ESXi host to ESXi 5.5 and an important heads-up for the early adopters. …