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VMware: Recover vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) master password

VMware vSphere Web Client - vCenter Single Sign On InformationDuring the installation of the VMware vSphere Web Client I had to provide vCenter Single Sign On Information. Since no additional accounts / groups where granted SSO admin privileges (see VMware vSphere 5.1 Documentation Center)  the only account that had sufficient privileges was the default SSO admin user admin@System-Domain. The credentials of this account are provided during installation of the vCenter Single Sign On Service.

Unfortunately the password of the default SSO admin account was unknown. In this article I’ll explain how to change the password of the default SSO admin account.

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Back-up for virtual environments (TSMVE) is still underestimated by IBM!

When you are using IBM equipment there is a big chance that you will use IBM related software to manage the environment. In a large  environment you can use IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for Virtual Environments to make back-ups of your virtual machines. IBM says that:

Tivoli® Storage Manager software provides a wide range of storage management capabilities from a single point of control, helping companies ride the information tidal wave.

Early this year they’ve added a new product to the Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM storage management software called IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (TSMVE). This is their product for making back-ups and to recover virtual machines.

You would think that a big company like IBM jumped on the train of virtualisation when it was leaving the train station but in my opinion that’s not what they have done!

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vCenter server services won’t start.

Sometimes it happened that you’re vCenter server service (vpxd.exe) stops working or won’t start and you are the one to find out why.  It is possible to dig in to the log files and try to find out what went wrong at a certain point in time. But the vpxd-*.log ( * =0 to 9) can be a 5 MB log file to go trough. The vpxd.exe is the executable that is running as a service (VMware VirtualCenter Server)  on the vCenter server. When I get a error starting this server I directly go to the location of the file and start it by hand. The default when location of the file  is :C:Program Files (x86)VMwareInfrastructureVirtualCenter Server . There are some options(Flags)  to start the vpxd.exe

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