vSphere 6.5 – PSC or vCSA Node not listed

This post is applicable to customers using VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.

Problem:

  1. Login to vSphere Web Client.
  2. Browse to Home, System Configuration and select Nodes on the top left-hand corner of the UI.
  3. One of your PSC appliances or vCSA instances does not appear in the node list. You may see this after you have upgraded your vCSA infrastructure from 6.0 to 6.5.
  4. Or, the instance is listed with the message “The appliance management service on <object> is not running.”

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vSphere 6.5 – vCSA Update Root Password Expiry

This post is applicable to customers using VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.

Problem:

  1. You update your vCSA 6.5 instance to 6.5 U1a.
  2. After the update is completed successfully, the root Password Expiry Policy is enabled with 365 days, when it was previously disabled.
  3. This introduces operational risk to your environment where you could be locked out of the root account after a year has elapsed.

Update: VMware has informed me that this is a known issue to be corrected in a future update.

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vSphere 6.5 – Unable to upload files to Datastore or deploy OVAs

This post is applicable to customers using VMware vCenter Server 6.5.

Problem:

  1. vCenter Server deployed with Self-Signed Certificates.
  2. Login to vSphere Web Client.
  3. Try to upload a file to a Datastore and receive the message: “The operation failed for an undetermined reason. Typically this problem occurs due to certificates that the browser does not trust. If you are using self-signed or custom certificates, open the URL in a new browser tab and accept the certificate, then retry the operation.”
  4. Try to deploy an OVA file and the deploy OVA task hangs at 0% and must be cancelled.

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