Wednesday, January 25, 2012

VRS root’s default password

If you already deployed SRM (Site Recovery Manager) and decided to use vSphere Replication as your replication technology, you definitely deployed VRS (vSphere Replication Servers).

You deployed them, protected the VM’s, replication is working fine, but eventually you might want to connect to your VRS console, probably to accomplish with one of the best practices ever, to change the default password on every system/device.

That’s when you realize you don’t know the root password of your VRS.

You can try to remember if during the OVF deployment it asked for a root password or not.
I will spare you the effort. Differently of VRMS (vSphere Replication Management Server) it does not.

If you check the SRM Admin Guide the only information about the root password is bellow:

Without further ado here’s the how to access your VRS from the console.

User: root
Password: vmware

Change it NOW !!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

iSCSI Multipathing (MPIO) on ESXi 5

On my last post I was talking about iSCSI Multipathig and how things work.

Today I will give you some information about how it works on ESXi 5.

The concept about it is pretty much the same, if you dont know it check my post about it, on ESXi 5 there’s a few changes that worth to mention.

First thing you would notice is the iSCSI Software, is not present on the list of Storage Adapters anymore.

It’s because it’s not installed by default.
So, click "add" to install iSCSI software on your host.

But the biggest improvement is the ability to bind the VMkernel adapter through a GUI, which means no more command lines to bind them.

On the iSCSI Properties you will see a new tab “Network Configuration” then you just need to add the port you will use for the iSCI communication.

It’s done.

You just need to configure the Discovery targets and scan your hosts.

Much better now right….what you are waiting to migrate to ESXi 5 ?!?!?

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