Friday, December 28, 2012

vCOPs 5.6 License file not found

My friend, Henrique and I were troubleshooting a weird issue yesterday, since we spent a few hours to solve it, I think it worth to share and may be save a few hours of you.

When you are adding a vCenter OperationsManager (vCOPs) 5.6 license to vCenter you got an error:
License error: 5
Diagnostic message: License file not found

Starting with vCOPs 5.6 the license has some kind of schema that vCenter cannot recognize it before you register your first instance of vCOPs on it.

So, the sequence to register your vCOPs 5.6 will be:

- Deploy the vAPP (vCOPs)
- Register the vCenter within vCOPs
- Add the license to vCenter
- License the vCOPs asset

But, if it’s not a fresh install and you are handling a vCOPs upgrade, from 5.0.X to 5.6, you might have the same issues as we did.

Probably you will need to change it’s license information, seems pretty straight for, right ?
 Well, it was not that easy on that particular environment, we could not simple change the license information through vSphere Client.
What we needed to do was unlicensed the asset from vCenter, remove it and then from the admin page of vCOPs register vCenter again, then vCOPs 5.6 asset appears on vCenter and you can license it.

Tip: if it’s not working, try using vSphere Client connected direct on vCenter server.

Some users might not be able to see vCOPs under the assets, VMware has a KB2032029 for that, but it basically says to re-register your vCenter, if still not working tries the tip above.

Tip2: Make sure the user you are using to register vCOPs within vCenter has the proper privileges.

*** Update *** 01/29/2013
The new license for vCOPs 5.6 just works with vCenter 5.1, if you have an older version of vCenter you must use the key that's available on the product download page.
see KB2040718

- go to the vCOPs product page.
- click on View Download corresponding with the version you want.

 - download the file VMware-vcops-

Good luck

Friday, December 21, 2012

VMware's releases during December 2012

At this time of the year you might be thinking just about the holidays, recipes, relatives, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc…

Well, why not take a break of all these nightmares : )

VMware has been busy this end of year releasing new versions of several products, while some of the improvements and fixes are huge others are just minor releases and bug fixes.
Bellow you can find what products have been updated and just a taste of what are the main improvements on each one.
I encourage you to go through the release notes of them to learn what has changed, improved and fixed.

The benefits, I think, which are the most important on this release are the SSO related issues, fix of Timeout error when login on vSphere WebClient and the ability to login on AD that has no-standard UPN.

This version now removes the vRAM limitation, added support for customization of Windows 2008 and 2012 and it’s now supported to run on Windows 2012.

This release adds support for Solaris 11, Solaris 11.1 and Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.5 guest operating systems.

vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.2 | 20 DEC 2012 | Build 943471 
New REST APIs for configuration, VXLAN virtual wire visible on vCenter inventory and vShield Edge redeploy enhancements.

It’s a minor release which does not bring new great features, but it fixes several issues you might face when using vSphere Replication.

Added support for protection and IP customization on Windows 8 and 2012. Auto gerentare certificates of 2048 bytes is another improvement on this release.

That’s a huge upgrade with several new improvements and fixes.
We can highlight, support for vCenter 5.1 , integration with vCenter Infraestructure Navigator, Integration with vCenter Configuration Manager, integration with vSphere WebClient, improvements on the stress and peak utilization and much more.

Creation of manual application groups, Integration with vCenter Operations Manager and multi-tier application discovery.

Now you can migrate your VMs from your private cloud to a public cloud and keep your network settings, template synchronization between clouds and search across clouds are the main improvements on this release.

Merry Christmas.....

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