Category Archives: vSphere 6

Repost : with a few additions: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?

I had to use this today after forgetting a little used VMware Workstation Lab’s vSphere 6 sso domain.


I ended up finding this blog post, and i’m going to refer to it in my blog post as well.

vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 2: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?


You will find it in the following two configuration files:





You have to enable shell via ssh to vcenter first.

login to vcenter via ssh. I enabled this by default.

If not do the below steps or skip this section if ssh is enabled.


How to enable ssh on the vcenter appliance



1. Open the console of the appliance using in this case the vsphere client.

2. Press F2 and log in as root.

3. Notice the choices and select Troubleshooting Mode Options.

4. Notice the two options. Select Enable SSH.

5.  Press Enter to enable it.


Command> shell.set –enabled True
Command> shell

localhost:~ # vi /etc/vmware/install-defaults/vmdir.domain-name

This returned


Thus I knew I had to login to [email protected] to vcenter.

P.S. Document your lab login and sso information… :0)

Roger L

VMware vSphere 6.0 is now available

Looks like VMware has made the 6.0 version of their vSphere and related product lines available today.  Here are the links to download.  Note:  These links require a My VMware account that is licensed for these products.

VMware vCloud Suite 6.0 (You can get ESXi 6.0, vCenter Server 6.0, vSphere Replication 6.0, vSphere Data Protection 6.0, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 6.0,  vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 6.0.1 and vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.1 from this link.  Virtual SAN is included with ESXi and vCenter Server downloads)

Short and simple right?


This is from the VMware Site.


VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6 along with a slew of other Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) products including VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, VMware vCloud Suite 6, and VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6.

vSphere 6 is the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization platform and serves as the foundation of the SDDC. This is the largest ever release of vSphere and is the first major release of the flagship product in over three years.  vSphere 6 is jammed pack with features and innovations that enable users to virtualize any application, including both scale-up and scale-out applications, with confidence. New capabilities include increased scale and performance, breakthrough industry-first availability, storage efficiencies for virtual machines, and simplified management  at scale. For more details on the blockbuster features please refer to the vSphere 6 announcement.

If you are interested in learning more about vSphere 6, there are several options:



vSphere 6 Configuration of Fault Tolerance

Make sure to follow the Requirements Here

We will be showing off 4 vCPU Fault Tolerance.

Login to vSphere vCenter 6 Web Server.

Click on Hosts and Clusters.

Select your first host.

Click on Manage

Click on Networking

Click on Add Host Networking

This pop’s up.

Select Physical Network Adapter, and Click Next.

Select new Standard Switch, and Click Next.

Click + to add a adapter

 Select vmnic2

Click Next

Click Finish.

Repeat on all other hosts in the cluster.

Select Host one again.

Click on Manage

Click on Networking

Click on VMkernal Adapters

Click on Add Host Networking

This pop’s up.

 Click on Next.

Click browse under Select a existing stand vSwitch .

Select vSwitch one, Click ok.

Click Next.

In Network Label, label the name to fit your needs. In this case I will use Fault Tolerance.
Enter in VLAN ID if required, since this is a lab, I will leave it blank.
Check Fault Tolerance Logging, and click next.

Enter in Static IP Information, or DHCP if you have a scope setup.

Click Next, and finish.

Repeat on all other hosts in the cluster. Make sure each has a different IP Address.

Next we enable Fault Tolerance on the VM.

I have done this in the video.

I did not have a 10GB network, so we could not actually test and show the results.

Roger Lund