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Orphaned Replica in Horizon View

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In my home lab, I do not have any redundancy since it for testing purpose and in such, I encounter a power failure and resulted in my Horizon Connection server to be absent.

Upon recovery of powering up again, one of the replica end up lost link with the database.  In my vSphere Web Client, I see a replica (orphaned).  I was able to delete the replica folder but the entry still stay in the vSphere Web Client inventory tree (that applies the same to vSphere Client).

By the way I am running Horizon View 6.1 and this solution found in the KB still works.

I didn't manage to capture my screenshot and found the below similar.  You will see the same on the web client.  Do note that the name of the replica will look like "replica-d0d123123c-f3j2-... (orphaned)".  Do note the actual name does not contain "(orphaned)".  DO NOT include when using the commands below.

source: http://www.vladan.fr
The command in the KB states and this was the confusion I have and I like to …

vSphere 6.0 Web Client Mark Disk As Flash or HDD

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Just some sharing that I chanced upon.

This might be most useful for those who are building their demo labs when you try to nested environment or simulate your disk as Flash when it is actually magnetic disk (MD).

It is also applicable where your Flash Disk/SSD is detected as a normal MD but you need to mark is as Flash disk or revert it when needed.

This is typically very true in a Virtual SAN (VSAN) environment.  When you need for a disk group with a minimum of at least one SSD.

If you refer to our KB, you might have to go through a list of commands.  However in vSphere 6.0, the web client has the function to do it via the GUI.

Below is a screenshot taken from my home lab.  My ESXi server has a normal SATA disk and a SSD disk.  So upon selecting either of them the icon will change to allow you to change it.  Technically you can even build a all Flash VSAN without having to own a VSAN license only different is the read and write ratio remain the same unlike a real All-Flash VSAN wher…

vSphere 6 Installation Experience

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Previously I posted on my installation and upgrade of my vSphere 5.5 here.  Since each upgrade comes about a year or two that I perform, we ought to forget some important things.  So here is my experience.

Before you start, head to the vSphere Upgrade Center.  Here you will find all the resources needed.  There is also a simple install walkthrough to guide you through with screenshots!

1) Read the documents on the requirements!  During the installation the vCenter requires at least 17GB of space to store the MSI and part of it the new Platform Service Controller (PSC) takes up 8GB install in the C:\ProgramData path.  Go through the requirements in the product documentation page.


2) Your DSN user in SQL for vCenter (vpxuser), needs to have additional rights for installation and upgrade but not during operations time. Grant this rights back.  In vCenter 6 installation, it points out the additional rights required.  This is great!  So I just use my SQL Management Studio and do the needed…

VMware VCP6-DCV Certification is now available!

The wait is over.  With the announcement of vSphere 6 in Feb 2015, to the General Availability in Mar 2015, today marks the day where the certification becomes available.  This is one of the fastest release over a major version release I seen since VI3.5.

Read about it here.  You can also find out the requirement to be certified VCP6-DCV.  There is also extension to re-certify your VCP and discount for existing VCP on VCP6-DCV as announced here.

In previous article, for new comers, you will have to take up the 5 days course, if you have attended a vSphere 5 training course but not taken an exam, you can proceed to next step.  Next step is to pass the foundations exam (75 questions in 90 minutes for USD50) and the VCP6-DCV (100 questions in 120 minutes for USD50) exam.  All exams requires application for authorization.

For existing VCP5-DCV, course is recommended but not required.  You can go straight to VCP6-DCV Delta (75 question in 90 minutes for USD50) exam.  Alternative you can ch…

Thinapp Assignment in Horizon View Access Denied

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Finally upgrade my home lab with vSphere 6.0 and Horizon 6.1.  Have to perform a demonstration to my customer how to assign Thinapp easily via the Horizon View Admin portal.  Guess what, luck never on my side and hit with lots of issues.

This issue comes with lots of testing.  The error I encounter after assignment was HRESULT hr = 0×80070005. Access is denied.  Doing a few Google didn't bring me nowhere.  Assignment installation failed.

Let me just walk through what I have done:
Package a few Thinapp packages with editing of Package.ini mainly the MSI settings since I am doing a assignment from Horizon View Admin Portal.  Read more here. Place them in a file share with permission to VDI users (yes make sure the VDI users can access those folders)In Horizon View Admin portal, scan the repository for the Thinapp, make sure the .msi and .exe and .dat (if you are streaming and app is too big to build into .exe file) in the same folder in the repository. Assigned the Thinapp to my deskt…