Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Additional vSphere Replication Servers

If you have been following my Demystifying vSphere Replication posts, you will remember that to achieve the maximum VMs replicated through vSphere Replication you need to provision additional vSphere Replication Servers, VRS,  to spread the load.

So, let's see how to add more VRS to your environment.

- Open vSphere Web Client and select your vCenter;
- On the Configuration tab, select Replication Servers;

- Click on, "Deploy new vSphere Replication Server from OVF";




- Click Browse, to select your OVF and the click Next;

 BTW: vSphere Replication Servers is the one ending with "AddOn";

- Give it a name and a location and click Next;

- Select a cluster where the VRS will be deployed at and click Next;

- Review de details and click Next;

- Select a datastore to store the VRS and click Next;

- Provide the network information related to your environment and click Next;


- Review the details and click Finish to star the deploy;
Wait until the deployment finishes.

- Click on "Register a virtual machine as a vSphere Replication Server";


- Just  browse until you find your recently created VRS and click OK;



Bada bing, bada boom.... you have a new vSphere Replication on your environment !!!


 
obs: obvisouly you must have a vSphere Replication Management Server already implemented, I'm not covering it.  There's a bunch of blog posts about it, but basically it's a OVF deployment, just follow the wizard and , it's done.
 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

vRealize Automation – Installation fails with FQDN for RabittMQ enabled


This week my adventures lead me to the implementation of vRealize Automation 7.3 for one of my clients.
It has been some time I last install vRA, so taking a look at Installation Guide sounded me the right thing to do before I start anything, soon I realized I new step “Activate FQDN for RabbitMQ Before Installation” (pg 36) , as a good boy I enabled it as stated and started the installation through the Wizard.

OK, I will stop here and save you from having to read it all.
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT perform any activity on the appliances before running the installation, as it could cause you installation issues which would be hard to troubleshoot later.

Now, if you still want to read what issues it caused me, here they are:

The first issue, appeared when creating a self-signed certificate for vRA appliance, (yes, I was using a self-signed one), when I hit “Save Generated Certificate” button the process started but never finished with a loading message on the screen which never goes away.


After 40 minutes I decided to close the browser and open again, when opened again the wizard jump me to the subsequent step, showing a green mark for the certificate step, allowing me to proceed.

I went through all the steps without a problem, even the Validation step, but when I started the installation it immediately fails with the error:
The following parameters: [ VraWebCertificateThumbprint, ] do not exists for command [ install-web ]

 
It was clear to me that the previous certificate step did not conclude successfully, so I went back and tried to create it again; like the first time, the process stuck with the loading message. 
This time I decided to reboot the appliance when it back up I could re-create the certificate (within seconds), and proceed with the installation step.
But now it fails on the first installation step “Configure Single Sign-On”

 
This time the log shows the Application Server won't start. Identity Manager receiving a "404" when attempting to connect

After an entire day of attempts, troubleshooting and logs reading I gave up and started fresh on the next day.

This time without enabling FQDN for RabittMQ before installation, Surprisingly, or not, this time installation was smooth from start to end.

Don’t worry you can enable FQDN for RabittMQ after installation (pg 119).

obs: forgive the screen shoots quality, I dit not realize I might need them until I did.

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