Congratulations to all of the 2020 vExperts

I am humbled and honored to have been accepted into this community for the third time. A warm #Congratulations to all of the 2020 vExperts who received the award this year

Adapting to change

Get this – LOL Moment on my part:

I am a Linux Desktop user at home for almost two (2) years now. In this time I have a need to run virtual machines not only in my lab but on my workstation computers where I “need” to use an application that only runs under the Windows OS — More on why I don’t use “wine” or some other application emulator later.

ILike I’ve mentioned above, I’ve been using Linux and KVM to run VM’s. The reason why I choose this option was that I was unsuccessful in getting VMware Player to run virtual machines. I could install VMware player but machines just would not boot and I was presented with endless errors.

The error messages were cryptic and the solutions steps took me in circles with no resolve (kinda like working with some next-gen-firewall companies I know of).

Today, after a year I have discovered the reason why VMware Player wouldn’t work was a feature in my bios known as “secure boot” that was enabled. To my surprise; Disabling this allows for VMware player to run my virtual machines. Yes! Problem solved.

Lessons Learned: What I learned from this experience is that; Sometimes more that often when you’re lacking something that you have become accustomed to having – it creates innovation and forces you to grow.

That said, I am going to keep using KVM for my VM needs.

Keep Learning my Friends

VMware Recertification Policy Update | February 5, 2019

VMware just announced Changes to VMware Recertification Policy – Removal of 2 Year Requirement

As of February 5, 2019, VMware Certification will no longer have a mandatory recertification requirement. Now, you have the choice of when to recertify, rather than be required to do so every two years.

Certifications will still retire, so recertification is important to:
• Validate your expertise in the latest VMware products
• Show relevancy in the market by holding up-to-date certifications
• Receive the full benefits of VMware certification

Details and FAQ’s located here

Video on this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1mTUXhqhSw

Here is a sample of some of the Q&A:

Q. What is changing about the VMware recertification policy?

A. VMware is removing the requirement to recertify their VCP certifications within a two year period. Industry research confirms the importance of keeping your skills and certifications current, but VMware will no longer mandate when to recertify. We will leave that decision up to each individual candidate.

Q. Why is VMware removing the two-year recertification requirement?

A. The most compelling reason is that we want VMware certifications to match the needs of each candidate. Many candidates recertify every two years and upgrade their environments to the latest versions. Others maintain older products and do not yet need experience with the new versions. While holding the most current certification is the best way to keep your skills relevant, the recertification policy will no longer mandate when an individual must update their certification(s). We want to allow each person the flexibility to do what best supports their individual and organizational needs.

Q. If my certification becomes active again, will I get access to its logo and certificate?

A. Yes. You will have access to use the certification logo and print the certificate.

Q. Are there changes to any other certifications other than the VMware Certified Professional (VCP)?

A. VCP certifications were the only VMware certifications that had a mandatory two-year recertification requirement. This change does not affect the other certification levels.

Q. Where can I learn more?

A. Visit www.vmware.com/certification to view your VMware Certification options.

Veeam, vSphere 6.5, Restore job failed Error: A specified parameter was not correct: spec.vmProfile

Just a tech short on how to get past the following error: Restore job failed Error: A specified parameter was not correct: spec.vmProfile. This was encountered when testing backups via the Veeam console

This error could also be seen in vCenter


After some digging around I was able to get a better understanding of why it was occurring. Each time this failure would occur I would see a message “Failed to set story profile VM Encryption Policy …

But I am not using encryption policies!

This is new in vSphere 6.5 and allows for the encryption of storage where the VM would reside.
To work around this I needed to browse my datastore tree for the intended datastore rather than searching by name; What I had been previously doing.

You may see this as ‘Default policy’ container.  Select the datastore and continue as normal and you should have a successful restore.

Best of luck to you.


Removing a Orphaned Virtual Machine from vRealize Automation

**** ATTENTION !!! ****
**** Please be sure to BACKUP any related databases


The following steps provide information on removing virtual machines from VMWare vRealize Automation (vRA).

These steps are to be used when the following conditions exist:

  • A virtual machine that is being managed without being deleted from the endpoint.
  • You want to manually remove the machine from the endpoint.


vRA Application Steps:

Log into vRA – https://vcac.yourdomain.tld using your-domain\*your-user-id*

  1. Click the Infrastructure Tab
  2. Click Machines > Reserved Machines
  3. Search for Service Name (e.g. VRA-FAQ360)
  4. Delete the associated service

SQL Database Steps:

  1. Connect to SQL Database Server: VRA-SQL
  2. In “Object Explorer” window, Locate database vCAC
  3. Backup the vCAC database
  4. Expand the vCAC database
  5. Under Programmability > Stored Procedures, locate ‘dbo.usp_RemoveVMFromVCAC’
  6. Execute Procedure and apply ID of the Multi-Machine Service (e.g. VRA-FAQ360)
  7. Repeat this step for each instance


The store procedure may look like the following:


DECLARE @return_value int

EXEC @return_value = [dbo].[usp_RemoveVMFromVCAC]
@MachineName = N’VRA-FAQ360′

SELECT ‘Return Value’ = @return_value