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How to Update an Expired vCenter Server License

Sometimes we are in a hurry when installing a vSphere environment and forget little things like entering license keys, especially the vCenter license key.   Remember, the vCenter license that comes with VMware vSphere, the vCenter Server evaluation license, lasts 60 days, as do the other VMware evaluation licenses.  This means your vCenter server license …

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Upgrade ESXi to 6.7 U1 Using VMware vSphere Update Manager

Thanks to VMware vSphere Update Manager, updating to ESXi 6.7 U1 is very easy.  The important thing to remember is that the first step in upgrading to vSphere 6.7 U1, is updating your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to 6.7 U1.  You can find a guide here to help you with that process.   If this …

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What Is VMware Tools, and Why Is It Needed?

If you have worked with virtual machines, then you are familiar with the VMware icon that lives in your system tray. That little icon represents something called VMware tools. VMware tools can be downloaded from VMware’s website, or they may already reside on your VMware vSphere ESXi host, depending on which ISO you used to …

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How to Use Host Profiles in VMware vSphere 6.7 the Easy Way

Managing the configuration of VMware vSphere ESXi hosts is important for a number of reasons, and host profiles makes it easy in vSphere 6.7.  vSphere host configuration is key to success, we want to make sure our ESXi hosts truly share reassures, like networking and storage.  We also need to make sure things like networks …

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