Managing NSX Manager Global Certificates (SKKB1040)

It’s only fair to share… In this article, we will look how to create and use VMware NSX Manager Global Certificates. Lab Environment Introduction Use Case Solution Final Step   Update Log: Lab Environment The full lab logical design can be seen HERE. Introduction   In a previous post called Managing NSX Edge and Manager Read more about Managing NSX Manager Global Certificates (SKKB1040)[…]

Unable to login to vRO with error Invalid Username or Password (SKKB1037)

It’s only fair to share… In this post we will take a look at what can be the cause of not being able to login to vRO, especially in the embedded vRO in a distributed vRA deployment,  with [invalid username/password] error. Lab Environment Issue Cause Solution Final Step Update Log: Lab Environment The full lab Read more about Unable to login to vRO with error Invalid Username or Password (SKKB1037)[…]

vRO Architecture Considerations when Digitally Signing Packages (SKKB1036)

It’s only fair to share… In this blog post we will take a look at how Digitally signing packages in VMware realize Orchestrator (vRO) may affect how you deploy vRO in your environment. Lab Environment Introduction Use Case 1 (Single Digital Signature Issuer) Use Case 2 (Multiple Digital Signature Issuers) Final Step Update Log: Lab Read more about vRO Architecture Considerations when Digitally Signing Packages (SKKB1036)[…]

vRO: Securing Your PowerShell Execution and Password in vRO (SKKB1035)

It’s only fair to share… In this blog post we will take a look at how we can secure your end to end PowerShell Execution from vRO. Including how not to show passwords when using CredSSP in a double-hop authentication scenario. Lab Environment Introduction UseCase 1 (least secure) UseCase 2 UseCase 3 (most secure) Securing Read more about vRO: Securing Your PowerShell Execution and Password in vRO (SKKB1035)[…]

BOOK: vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook (2nd edition) OUT !!! (SKKB1033)

It’s only fair to share… The second edition of the VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook is available for pre-order from Amazon. Written by my Daniel Langenhan with technical reviewers me, Burke Azbill , Christophe Decanini , and others… Key Features Unleash the power of VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7 and automate your VMware infrastructure Customize and tune Read more about BOOK: vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook (2nd edition) OUT !!! (SKKB1033)[…]

Migrating the vRO SQL Database to New Server (SKKB1032)

It’s only fair to share… In this article we will look into how to migrate the VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) database to new server. In particular we will migrate from Microsoft SQL Server 2014 to a new SQL Server 2016 server.  Introduction Lab Environment LB Pre-Migration Tasks vRO Pre-Migration Tasks SQL Server Migration vRO Post-Migration Read more about Migrating the vRO SQL Database to New Server (SKKB1032)[…]

How to Configure vRO to use SSL Connection to a SQL Server Database (SKKB1031)

It’s only fair to share… In this article we will show how to configure VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) to use an SSL connection when communicating with a Microsoft SQL Server database. Introduction Lab Environment Enabling SSL on the SQL Server Trusting the SSL Certificate Chain on the vRO Enabling SSL for the vRO Databse Connection Read more about How to Configure vRO to use SSL Connection to a SQL Server Database (SKKB1031)[…]

How to Add a Linux Machine as PowerShell Host in vRO (Linux PS over SSH) (SKKB1030)

It’s only fair to share… In this article we will look into the alpha version of PowerShell v6 for both Linux and Windows. We will show how to execute PowerShell commands between Linux and Windows machines and Vmware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) Introduction Lab Environment Installing and Configuring PowerShell 6 Setup on Windows Setup on Linux Read more about How to Add a Linux Machine as PowerShell Host in vRO (Linux PS over SSH) (SKKB1030)[…]

How to Change the Package Signing Certificate of a vRO Appliance (SKKB1029)

It’s only fair to share… In this post we will take a look how we can change the Package Signing Certificate (PSC) in vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) appliance. Lab Environment Overview Changing the Package Signing Certificate Importing Digitally Signed Packages to a Different Destination vRO Server Backing up your PSC certificate and Private Key Final Step Read more about How to Change the Package Signing Certificate of a vRO Appliance (SKKB1029)[…]

Troubleshooting Tips: Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-in (SKKB1028)

It’s only fair to share… In this post we will take a look at some at some common issues that one might experience when using the VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) PowerShell Plug-In and especially when using HTTPS protocol or Kerberos authentication for the PowerShell host (PSHost). Introduction Lab Environment Background and General Conciderations Troubleshooting issues Read more about Troubleshooting Tips: Orchestrator PowerShell Plug-in (SKKB1028)[…]

How To Configure HA LDAP Server with the vRO Active Directory Plug-in Using F5 BIG-IP (SKKB1025)

It’s only fair to share… In this post we will demonstrate how to configure a highly available (HA) LDAP server to use with the VMware vRealize Orchestrator Server (vRO) Active Directory Plug-in.We will accomplish this task using F5 BIG-IP. This approach can also be used to achieve LDAP load balancing (LB) not only HA. Lab Read more about How To Configure HA LDAP Server with the vRO Active Directory Plug-in Using F5 BIG-IP (SKKB1025)[…]

Orchestrator Certificates Explained (SKKB1022)

It’s only fair to share… Introduction Lab Environment Orchestrator Communication Overview Orchestrator Certificates: Purpose and Characteristics Certificate for HTTPS 5480 Certificate for HTTPS 8281 & 8283 Certificate for Package Signing Managing the Orchestrator Certificates Certificate Keys and Stores Orchestrator Server Java KeyStore (jssacacerts) Overview of SSL Communication, Keys, and Stores Orchestrator Certificates: Purpose and Characteristics Read more about Orchestrator Certificates Explained (SKKB1022)[…]

How to Change the SSL Certificate of a vRO Appliance (7.x) (SKKB1021)

It’s only fair to share… In this post we will take a look into the SSL certificate replacement process for vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.x appliance Lab Environment Current VMware Certificate Restrictions Scenario 1: Use vCO Dunes Private Key Generate Certificate Request and Issue Certificate Import the Ccertificate Import a PEM into the vRO SSL store Read more about How to Change the SSL Certificate of a vRO Appliance (7.x) (SKKB1021)[…]

vRO and Microsoft Azure integration using PowerShell (SKKB1020)

It’s only fair to share… In this article we will take a look on how to integrate VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) and Microsoft Azure using Microsoft Windows PowerShell. Lab Environment Prerequisites Subscription Authentication Azure PowerShell Module Azure Configuration Initial Microsoft Azure configuration Cloud Services Storage Networks Directory Powershell Host Setup Installing the Azure PowerShell Module Read more about vRO and Microsoft Azure integration using PowerShell (SKKB1020)[…]

Wrong encoding or formatting of Linux configuration files can cause problems in VMware Appliances (SKKB1017)

It’s only fair to share… Introduction Lab Environment Use Case: Malformed Krb5.conf file Introduction Correctly encoded and formated file Malformed file Fixing a malformed file vRO (Add A PowerShell Host) Workflow fails with “cannot locate default realm” error Introduction In this blog post we will look into some use cases that can lead to malformed Read more about Wrong encoding or formatting of Linux configuration files can cause problems in VMware Appliances (SKKB1017)[…]

How to build vRO PowerShell Host (PSHost) for high availability (HA) (SKKB1016)

It’s only fair to share… Introduction Lab Environment Initial Windows Cluster setup Clustering the WinRM service Adding the cluster to vRO Test vRO PowerShell execution and cluster failover Introduction In this post we will take a look how to build and configure a highly available PowerShell host for vRO. The vRO PSHost has always been Read more about How to build vRO PowerShell Host (PSHost) for high availability (HA) (SKKB1016)[…]

Introducing the Add CredSSP to a PowerShell script (vROCmdlet) workflow (SKKB1015)

It’s only fair to share… Introduction Lab Environment Getting the vROC workflow Examining the tabs Examining the Settings Presentation Tab Examining the Connection Presentation Tab Use Case 1: Execute PowerShell command locally on the PShost against the PSHost itself Use Case 2: Invoke PowerShell command locally on the PSHost against remote computer Use Case 3: Read more about Introducing the Add CredSSP to a PowerShell script (vROCmdlet) workflow (SKKB1015)[…]

vCO Workflow to automate the certificate generation process (SKKB1003)

It’s only fair to share… Introduction Lab Environment Getting to know the main workflow Use Case 1: Create certificate request file Use Case 2: Convert existing certificate to PEM Use Case 3: Using the “Generate Certificate” WF to automate the end-to-end process Introduction In this post we will take a look into a workflow that Read more about vCO Workflow to automate the certificate generation process (SKKB1003)[…]