Posts Tagged ‘Virtualization’

LDAPS Identity Source for VMware vCenter Single Sign On 5.1

May 21, 2013


Once you are done with installation of VMware vCenter 5.1; you will notice that vSphere 5.1 client wont let you login into your vCenter Server. Either you will need to configure a local admin ID on your vCenter Server or if you have an active directory (AD) running in your environment; you will need to link that to your vCenter Server i.e. by configuring an identity source.

During installation of vCenter Single Sign On 5.1; it tries to add the identity source but in my case resulted in error (Error 29155.Identity source discovery error). I then found out its the case with other users as well and also was pointed out in VMware in their KB articles. The workaround for the issue given was to add the identity source manually. Doing so I got the following errors.

[LDAP: error code 8 – 00002028: LdapErr: DSID-0C0901FC, comment: The server requires binds to turn on integrity checking if SSL\TLS are not already active on the connection, data 0, v1db1]


simple bind failed:yourdomain:636

These errors are due to the fact that your AD is configured to communicate over LDAPS SSL connection. Hence to register your identity source; you will need the X.509 certificate of your AD domain controller (DC). For that export the certificate of your AD but make sure its the Base-64 X509 Certificate.

Cert 03

Once imported; again add the identity source as demonstrated below.


Once you chose the certificate from Choose Certificate tab; make sure you get the following confirmation. If not there must be something wrong with your certificate.


You can click on Test Connection to verify your AD connectivity.


If you are still facing problems in adding the identity source; make sure of he following things:

  • Your vCenter, vSphere, vSphere Web Client, vCenter SSO etc must all be installed in the same default directories.
  • Do add the port 3269 with your FQDN.
  • There must a proper forward and reverse pointer entry on your DNS for your vCenter Server.
  • Enter the complete user name for authentication e.g.
  • If your domain controller is behind a firewall; make sure you have configured a policy to allow vCenter traffic.

Installation of VMware vSphere 5.0

September 29, 2012

So folks here is another of the VMware series blog I promised. The first one was about the setup of the VMware ESXi 5.0. This time am going to tell you about how to install the VMware vSphere 5.0 which you will use to log into your ESXi server. And here’s how you would be able to do that.

1.   To install VMware vSphere take any network PC with Windows XP/2003Srv/2008Srv/Vista/7 (32 bit or 64 bit), minimum 600 MB free space and minimum of 2 GB ram. Locate the setup file having the name “VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-455964.exe” and double click it.

2.   Click Run to bypass the security warning.

3.   Setup will start extracting the files.

4.   Select the installation language and click OK.

5.   Click next to begin installation procedure.

6.   Click Next to agree to end-user patent agreement.

7.   Click “I agree to terms…” to agree to VMware end-user license agreement and click Next.

8.   Enter the required information and click Next.

9.   Browse to the destination installation folder and click Next.

10.   Click Install to begin the installation.

11.   Click finish to complete the installation.

12.   An icon for vSphere client will appear on your desktop. Double-click on it to launch the vSphere client.

13.   Enter the credentials for the virtual host machines and click login.

That all folks! Enjoy!

Installation of VMware ESXi 5.0

July 6, 2012

When I started working on VMware; that was like almost 6 months ago; I did not even had the slightest clue about virtualization nor did I had an opportunity to do any official VMware courses or take any trainings. But I owe it all to the Internet! And every time I think of that; I feel like paying back. So that why I will be sharing some basic major steps here to get one all acquainted with VMware and Virtualization products.

So the first one in the series is to set-up your own virtual host. And heres how you would be able to do that.  

1. VMware Hypervisor ESXi 5.0 can be installed on a machine that supports Virtual Technology (VT). Before installation make sure VT is enabled in the BIOS settings. Insert what ever media you are using that has the ESXi-5.0.0-469512-standard Installer image. The following screen will appear.
Image2. Select the installer to begin installation.

Image3. Press F11 to accept the user terms.

Image4. Select the proper disk to install the hypervisor. Before installation you need to make sure that a designated volume is left aside for ESXi installation. Typical size of ESXi complete installation takes upto 975 MB. Recommended size for the ESXi partition is 5 GB. Press Enter to continue.

Image5. Select the keyboard layout language.

Image6. Press F11 to confirm the installation.

Image7. Enter a password for the root login (optional). Pressing Enter will start the installation process.
ImageImage8. After successful installation, the user will be prompted for a reboot.


9. After rebooting the user will be prompted with a greeting page.
Image10. In-order to change the default IP setting for the ESXi; press F2 to enter system customization menu and select Configure Management Network. Enter the values for IP address, Subnet, Gateway and DNS. Make sure to save the setting before exiting.

Image11.Your ESXi host is now ready for use. To login into the host you will need to install VMware vSphere on any network PC as ESXi itself don’t not provide any interface to managing the host.

And in my next post I will be telling you about VMware vSphere 5.0. Stay tuned then! For time being CiaOo!!!

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