Steps to resolve HA firewall issues in vCenter 2.5

HA

If after enabling HA on a vCenter cluster you get the above configuration error, check in event log. if error is “Could not enable firewall ruleset:vim.fault.NotFound”

a.Disconnect host from vCenter
b. Log into host with PuTTy
c. Run the command esxcfg-firewall -e aam
d. service mgmt-vmware restart
e. Wait about 5 minutes
f. Connect host in vCenter
g. Open the configuration tab for the host in the VIC and go to “Licensed Features”
h. Edit License Source
i. Configure license server on host to Your license server
j. Right click on the host in the VIC and select “Reconfigure for VMware HA”

My Home Lab N40L

I just recently got a good working home lab up and running to help me with study for the VCP5 and VCAP5 VMware certifications. I have found it extremely helpful with studying as well as testing some theories for the production environment at work since they will not give me a good lab to play with there.

So I started with a HP N40l Micro Server.  It shipped as HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Server System AMD Turion II Neo N40L 1.5GHz 2-Core 2GB (1 x 2GB) 1 x 250GB LFF SATA 658553-001.  I knew that the 2gb memory was  not going to be enough so I followed this great post by Chris Wahl and changed the memory to 16gb. The server has 2 CPU and one onboard NIC.  I am sure that I will be needing to add another host soon.

N40L_Summary

I installed ESXi 5.1 to get started then installed Autolab 1.0.  I am having trouble installing ver 1.1 so I will leave that for another post.

As I started working with the lab I found that storage was keeping me from doing some of the things that I wanted to do so I got a 1TB Western Digital Green HD to add to the server.  Now I am finding that I have the storage to do what I wanted to do but the IO is horrible! So the next step is to start rounding up some stuff to build a cheap NAS.  Hmmm another post.  The more I work with my new lab the more things I start thinking about to post.

Till next time.