Tag Archive: vMA

Jan 19

Automate Backup of the VCSA to the vMA

Recently I did a post on how to Target the vMA for VCSA Backups. This post takes things a step further and automates the backup of the VCSA using a shell script, the vCenter Appliance REST API, and cron on the vMA.

Jan 16

Target the vMA for VCSA Backups

One handy new feature available with vSphere 6.5 is the ability to take a supported backup of the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) configuration and database. VCSA backups can be transferred to a target using HTTP/S, FTP/S, and SCP. This post walks through backing up the VCSA using SCP to target the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) to store the backup.

Jan 15

Adding a /workspace Disk to the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

The vMA is deployed with a single 3 GB disk with about 1 GB available after deployment. This post walks through adding a disk to the vMA appliance to provide additional storage for scripts, logs, VIBs, iso, backups, etc.

Sep 25

Learning the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

It has been a good while since I have worked with vSphere Management Assistant (vMA). I used it fairly often when I was managing a vSphere environment. Since I am teaching the vSphere Optimize and Scale class during the winter semester I spun up the vMA in the homelab to re-introduce myself to it.

Jun 15

AutoLab Video Series Part 5 – Deploying the vMA

This fifth video in my AutoLab Video Series covers downloading, deploying, configuring, and using the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) virtual appliance in the AutoLab vSphere environment.

Dec 30

Morning vHealth Email From vSphere Health Check Report Script

The VMware vSphere Health Check Report is a free script written by @lamw (Check out his site virtuallyGhetto for some other handy scripts) that generates an HTML report on the health of a vSphere 4.x or 5.x environment. The report script is well documented, easily installed and configured, and can be downloaded from here: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9842 …

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Jul 27

Enable SNMP Polling on an ESXi host

When using a third party network monitoring program (like Solarwinds Orion) you need to enable SNMP on your ESXi hosts. Setting up SNMP is pretty simple to do using vicfg-snmp on the VMware Management Assistant (vMA). If the host is set up in FastPass, set the target ESXi. $ vifptarget -s <Name/IP of ESXi host> …

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Jul 18

Saving a custom resxtop configuration

The resxtop utility can be run from the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA). The resxtop utility is used to monitor CPU, memory, network, and disk utilization of vSphere ESX/i hosts. There are a many different fields that can be displayed for each resource. When monitoring or troubleshooting a resource it is often helpful to only display …

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