vSphere Web Client – Fix Flash error in Chrome

As you might know, most vSphere Web Client versions run in Flash, witch is a bit annoying. Chrome has an embedded Flash version that works fine most of the times.

Although, some times you may be presented with the warning “To view this page ensure that Adobe Flash Player version 11.5.0 or greater is installed” even using Chrome web browser with an icon below to Get Adobe Flash Player:

Flash error when accessing vSphere Web Client

You can allow Flash to run if you click the “Get Adobe” image, but I have found some situations where even when you click the image, Chrome will not ask you to allow Flash to run.

By default, Google Chrome asks you if you want to enable Flash, but you con configure Chrome to run the plugin automatically. To configure flash settings, open Chrome Settings, and search for “flash” in the search field and click “Content settings…“:

Search for Flash settings

In Content settings, you will find Flash section:

Chrome Flash Settings

From here, you can choose to allow all sites to run Flash, or you can configure exceptions, witch is the way I prefer to do this, because you just configure the URL you need.

Let’s now click “Manage exceptions” and add our domain name – in this case the domain is “vcap6.lab”, and we configure it with a wildcard ([*.]vcap6.lab):

Chrome – add Flash exception

After this configuration, you need to restart Chrome. The next time you access your Web Client, Chrome will automatically run the Flash plugin.

New VMware certification exams announced (6.5 version)

VMware has announced today the introduction of the new certification exams for version 6.5 (Datacenter Virtualization track).

Please refer to this blog post for information.

There are three new exams:

  • vSphere 6.5 Foundations (#2V0-602) – Foundation exam, that leads you to several higher certifications; See the exam guide here.
  • VCP6.5-DCV elective exam (#2V0-622) – VMware Certified Professional exam, for those that do not have earlier VCP certificatios; See the exam guide/blueprint here.
  • VCP6.5-DCV delta exam (#2V0-622D) – Delta exam, for those having VCP6 certification; See the exam guide/blueprint here.

It’s a bit confusing that exam guide both for 2V0-622 and 2V0-622D are the same.

While there’s yet no information about VCAP 6.5 (VMware Certified Advanced Professional, version 6.5), some comments on the blog post refer that the Advanced Professional certification will be available “latter this summer”,¬†Karl Childs said.

We’ll soon start new study guides for the announced exame. Hope you enjoy.

Determine use case for Stateless vs Stateful installs

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series VCAP6-DCV Deployment

VMware’s auto-deploy have two options for ESXi hosts provisioning. This feature was introduced in vSphere 5.1.

Stateless installation option will cache the ESXi host image locally,

Stateful installation is used when you want to install the host from Auto-Deploy. After the initial installation, every time the host boots it will boot like any other host that you installed manually.

 

References

Please refer to this links for further information about Auto-Deploy and Stateless vs Stateful installations:

Understanding vSphere Auto Deploy

Mastering VMware vSphere 6, Page 39