Was playing around with NSX today and found that you can enable backup of the NSX manager from within the administration page. While using a backup solution like Avamar or VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is preferred for backing up your VMs this is a quick and easy way to backup your NSX manager config that enables you to quickly restore in the case of losing the NSX manager (or screwing it up by changing something!!)
Quick one on how to install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012. Its required for things liks PowerCli on 2012. It cant be installed natively like other roles/features. It needs the install source files. So the quickest way is to mount the 2012 iso to the VM and run the following from an elevated command prompt (assuming d:\ is the mounted iso)
This weeks cool tool is a package manager for windows called Chocolatey NuGet. For those familiar with apt-get on linux this is the same idea on Windows. I know this is coming natively as part of Win10 (Top marks M$!) but until then this is a very useful tool for quick n dirty installs from cli for those of us who prefer Windows!!!
When planning a build of any kind of environment it is good practice to pre plan all user/service/application accounts that you will need. Now you could manually create each user but you’ve probably got better things to do (Beer anyone?!) so a script to do it all helps right?!
Hit an issue in the lab this week with vCAC/IaaS where the self signed certs had expired. Self signed certs last 12 months..note to self…setup CA! This was compounded by the expiry of the internal Solution User’s certificate. more info on that here
Anyways here is the error and how i got things working again…