Step by Step: Upgrade vCenter VCSA 6.0 (or 6.5) to 6.7

These screenshots show the entire process to upgrade vCenter from 6.0 to 6.7 using a Windows 10 desktop as my administrative workstation.   The same steps work for vCenter 6.5 to 6.7. Preparing for the vCenter appliance upgrade Appliance Upgrade Stage 1 Errors that can occur during stage 1 If you used the wrong password for …Read More…

How to fix or change vCenter root password expired 6.5 and 6.7

Symptoms Your vCenter 6.5 or 6.7 server automatically expired your root password You left the default setting to expire the root password in your vCenter Appliance When you try to log on to the management website :5480 with root, it says the password is expired. You know what the root password is.   How to …Read More…

How to rename Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller

This article is for you if… You want to rename your domain controller but haven’t yet You renamed your domain controller wrong and now you see DCDIAG errors and references to the old name (ack!) You manually updated the File Replication Service entries in Active Directory. You are worried your metadata is not correct You …Read More…

A general runtime error occurred adding host – VMware vCenter and ESXi

Symptoms: When attempt to add a new vSphere host to vCenter, an error appears after entering the host credentials: “A general runtime error occurred” You clicked YES on the certificate prompt. You have a cluster with EVC enabled, and you are attempting to add the host to that cluster You are using vCenter 6.0 , …Read More…

How to fix Netapp expired self-signed certificate by creating a new one

Symptom: You are using ONTAP 9x (your Netapp is fairly new, within the last 4-5 years.  These instructions probably don’t apply to old Netapp devices) Symptom: When you look at the diagnostic logs on your Netapp, you get a warning that the certificates are expiring or expired: Event: mgmtgwd.certificate.expiring: A digital certificate with Fully Qualified …Read More…

How to install vCenter 6.7 (and 6.0 and 6.5) with no DNS, only IP address

Many websites will say that vCenter 6x requires DNS lookup, but these steps and screenshots prove that you can install a new vCenter 6.7 with only an IP address and no DNS. Start vCenter install from .iso file using Windows 10 (shameless self promotion)  By the way, I consult on VMware, Storage Area Networks (such …Read More…

How to disable continuous scrolling on Kindle – turn on page flip

Problem:  Your Kindle Fire or Android Kindle App displayed a message about the new “continuous scrolling” (finger drag) feature and you turned it on. Now you can’t flip pages anymore and there is no option to turn it off!!     Solution:  Follow the below steps to get your Kindle back to page swipe mode! …Read More…

17hats how to export or convert to Excel CSV TAB XLS workbook

Problem:   You want to export 17hats data to Excel or .csv format.   17hats only allows exports to Quickbooks file format .iff BUT you need it in Excel .xls .xlsx .tab or .csv format because you don’t use Quickbooks.   Solution:  How to open .iff files in Excel 1. Use 17hats to export your bookeeping …Read More…