Root password expired on vCenter VCSA 6.5

I thought I'd update my homelab's primary vCenter to the latest and greatest (6.5 update 1d), when I encountered an issue with the root password.┬áThe update showed up ok in the appliance's VAMI interface and I selected to install it but an error quickly showed up: Not ready, huh? When I clicked on the “Show Details” button, I saw a message informing me that the root password had expired or expiring soon: Well ok, I'll go and reset it and turn off the expiry I thought. (That process is covered in the vCenter documentation.) But noooo,…

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Howto: Creating a CA template for VMware services

Having setup my lab's PKI infrastructure previously, one of the next steps I needed to complete was to create a template for certificates for VMware's products to use as they require certain properties to be present in the certificates used. There is a KB article that covers this but I wanted to run through it and use some of the specifics for my lab. Template for VMware SSL Certificates This template will provide certificates for ESXi hosts, vCenter, vRA, vRO etc. To create it, we first need the Certificate Templates Console. This can be opened by running certtmpl.msc. Per…

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