5.5, Active Directory, VMware

Integrate VMware vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) with Active Directory

Single Sign-On (SSO) is a part of vCenter Installation and important step in Authentication and Authorization
once you install vCenter you would have a “vSphere.local” Domain in your server, it would be better if you could integrate your existing Microsoft Active Directory (AD) environment with your organizational structure of groups and users.

So before we start with the configuration i will login with my Domain User and check that i can see anything (vCenter, Datacenter or Hosts)
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And as you can see under my vCenter there is nothing of my Datacenter or Hosts
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So to start as my luck i added my server to a domain already in my Earlier Blog
so to complete the steps here and add give permission to users
Go to Administrator – Single Sign-on – users and groups
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so to give a permission for my self
From drop down i can change the “vsphere.local” to “mynaghi.com”
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i put in the search my name so it will not list the whole organization
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and if you go under Adminstration – Single Sign-on – Configuration – identity Sources

you see from were you get your configuration
for my case i already added my server to the domain4
so to configure the user and give him access so in Home Page
vCenter – vCenter Servers – Then Select the VC-CCIEROOT.Mynaghi.com
then click on “Manage Tab” – Permission – +
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Select the Assigned role as Administrator
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I change the Domain to “Mynaghi” and in the Search bar i put my name and Click Add 7
Now I press OK8
As you can see now it show under the permissions9
Now let me login using my Domain Username & Password again
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and as you can see i can see under the vCenter my vCenter Servers, My Data Center and My Hosts11

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5.5, VMware

VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (vCSA)

Helooooo
in my last Blog i show you how to install VMware vCenter on Windows Platform, well that is a history cause VMware decide to let go of it after vCenter 6.5 and complete with Linux. Yes linux virtual appliance running Linux and comes as an OVF and i download it to my Desk
So what i will show you is installation of vCenter Server Appliance 5.5

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so let proceed with the installation
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i login to my Host and
File – i choose to deploy OVF Template3
Browse to the location of my OVF5
Choose Next and it show detail of my OVF6
Choose a Name to my Machine and press Next7
Select the storage were i will install my machine to 8
I choose Thin Provision 9
Last press Finish10
Wait till Machine been Deployed
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And finally Successfully Deployed
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As you can see my machine been Deployed on my Host so i Turn it on by press the power13
Choose the VMware vCenter Server Appliance14

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And it finish and it show the link for my vCenter Server which giving to me by my DHCP Server
https://192.168.208.59:5480
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go to my Firefox Browser and type the vCenter URL
https://192.168.208.59:5480
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Choose Advanced and make an exception 19
Now login to my vCenter using The initial default user name and the default password
username: root
Password: vmware20
First thing Accept the EULA21
Choose to configure the default settings22
And press start23
It will take time but then press Close25
And then you can see the Summary Page
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Go to network Tab – Address
to change your configuration from DHCP to static 27
Type the required IP Address and Netmask
and Save your settings28

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Press Refresh30
Go to vCenter Server Tab – Time tab
and Choose VMware Tools Synchronization and Save Settings
This gives you the option to synchronize the time of the guest OS with the ESXi host32
Then go to Database Setting and choose embedded33
Now to test the SSO Settings first we need to stop the Server
Go to vCenter Server Page – Summary
and press Stop front of the Server
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Type go to SSO Tab and set the password of the Administrator and press (Test Settings) and it may take little time and then it as you see it show Operation was Successful34
Now when you press Save it will show this warning
its okay just press OK

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And again the Operation was Successful
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Now go back to Summary page and start the Server Again37
now go to your Explorer and browse to the ip address of the vCSA
https://192.168.208.59:9443
and accept the warning38
now login with the
username: Administrator@vsphere.local
Password: you choose in the SSO39
And just like that it finally installed40

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5.5, VMware

VMware vCenter 5.5

The Management King
well i show you in the last blog how to Install VMware ESXi 5.5
Imagin if you have multiple ESXi machine its nonsense to go to each machine and manage it, well today i will introduce The VMware vCenter which will help you to manage all your ESXi hosts from a centeral place and also it will introduce you to so many feature later on.

you can download it from VMware page but When vSphere 5.5 was released, 19 September 2013, its end of support date was also published.

So first there is two Option for vCenter installation either a windows installation or Server Appliance, This is a Windows installation so first thing make sure your server is joined to the domain and next step is installing of .Net Framwork on my Windows server
Let begin i have the exe in my D Drive

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i will start the installation and choose to accept the License Agreement
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and the installation is complete
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now i attach the CD to my PC and will proceed with the installation5
I will choose the simple installation
which will install the main 4 item:
vCenter Single Sign-on
vSphere Web Client
vCenter Inventory Service
vCenter Server6
Press Next7
and then i will accept the license agreement8
and here you find that the server already joined and DNS is resolved successfully
check the box and press Next
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Choose a password for your user
the default user for vCenter is (Administrator@vsphere.local)10
choose a name for your first site
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Press Next
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Choose where to save your installation file13
here is your configuration so simply press Install14

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it may take so much time and it could hang so just when this error show just choose NO16
Accept the SSL Sha1 fingerprint17

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since this is a lab and i dont have a license key i will just press Next20
Since this is my lab and i dont have an Existing Database i will choose to install SQL
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i will use my windows login 22
Check those ports and then press next23
i choosed here small since its only a lab24
Press Next25
Press Yes26

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The SQL Server installation start and it may take time
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Press Finish
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and the installation of all 4 items is done
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https://192.168.200.250:9443/vsphere-client/
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Allow the Adobe flash to run51
Now login to the web client using the Administrator username and Password
Username: administrator@vsphere.local
Password: *********
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and here is our Getting started Page71
click on Home Tab and you can see all your beautiful Option
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you know what lets not stop here and proceed with adding our ESXi host.
So First Let Add a Datacenter and Name it Jamjoom since that is the branch im working on
so from the Home Page go to
vCenter – vCenter Servers
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Now on the vCenter Server Right Click – New Datacenter2
Name it Jamjoom
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now if you see the Datacenters filed become 1
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Now Click on the Data Center and it will lead me to the Datacenter Page were i can Right Click and Add new Host6
Put the IP Address of your ESXi Host and press Next1
Put the username and password of your ESXi 8
Accept the Security Alert for the SHA 1 thumbprint9
And as you see it detect the server hardware and vendor and model
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Now click next to accept the Evaluation Mode (dont look at the expire date i created this blog earlier as part of the series ;D)
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Press Next
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Choose the Datacenter location for this machine13
Now press finish
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and you can see the running task
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and it added
Also i can login to the vCenter through the vSphere Client and see my Machine
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choose to ignore
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and as you see here that is your Datacenter (Jamjoom) that you created in the earlier step
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also i will show you here to add a host through vSphere Client14
put the IP Address of the Host ESXi and also in the same step you will put your login username and password then press Next15
now accept the SHA1 thumbprint
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and also it detect the Host vendor and Model and version17
Oh that cool i have a license on that server
lets not tell my manager about it   ;D18
and i will not choose to Enable Lockdown Mode so i press Next 19
Choose the Datacenter Location20
and Finish21
and that all it’s 22

And just like that we had two subject in one blog, installed the vCenter and add host it

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5.5, VMware

Install VMware ESXi 5.5

The Subject that i should write about long time ago
well i have a long Road Map for this Tech and its a never ending journey:
Install VMware ESXi 5.5
VMware vCenter 5.5
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (vCSA)
Integrate VMware vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) with Active Directory
• How to Add ISCSI Storage to VMware ESXi
• Clone your perfect Virtual Machine
• Migrate VMs with VMware vMotion
• VMware DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler)
• Vmware Affinity
• Converting a Physical Server to VMware Machine (P2V)
• VMware Storage DRS
• VMware High Availability
• VMware Fault Tolerance
• VMware 5.5 Configuring vCenter Server Linked Mode (Single Console Multiple vCenter)
• Upgrade VMware vCenter 5.5 to 6.0
• Upgrade ESXi 5.5 to 6.0 using Update Manager
• VMware 6.0 Configuring vCenter Server Enhanced Linked Mode
• VMware vMotion Cross vCenter 6.0
• VMware vSphere Auto Deploy
• Migrating vCenter Server 6.5 for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance 6.7
So i show in my earlier blog How to Debloy CUCM in ESXI Now i will show you how to install that VMWare ESXi from the scratch
so first you need to have a CD of the ESXi which can be downloaded from their web site
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=352&downloadGroup=ESXI550

Then Burn that ESXi image to CD and inseart in the Machine and it will start loading1

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Then it will appear a welcome message Just Press (Enter) Continue3
it will Ask you to Accept the End User License Agreement (EULA)4
it will start to Scan the Devices in your system5
Then Press (Enter) Continue to choose the Desk you need to install the ESXi on6
Then Choose the Language and Press (Enter) Continue7
it will prompt  you for Password
type your password and confirm it8
now Just press (F11) Install to start the installation
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And it will start 11
Now your CD Room will eject and will ask you to Reboot the System so
Press (Enter) Reboot12
The System will reboot and will come up Again13

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and finally your machine is up and you can see the http://0.0.0.0
so you need to configure your IP Address15
Press (F2) to configure your Machine16
it will ask you for the password that you earlier configured17
now go to (Configure Management Network) 18
then go to IP Configuration19
Select to Set Static IP Address
and fill the Filed
i Choose 192.168.208.209 as my ESXi IP Address
and press OK to confirm
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now when you go back it will ask you to restart the Management Network
just press (Y) Yes
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just to make sure an extra step try to test the reachability
go to Test management Network22
fill the Address that you want to ping
im trying to ping 192.168.208.1 which is my Gateway
and Press (Enter)OK
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and it ping went smoothly
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now let me go to VMware vSphere Client and put the IP Address of my ESXi and the name and Password of my ESXi and press Login
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Click Ignore for the Certificate5
And here is my Lovely Machine 6.PNG

And here to a new road of technology

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Conference

Conference Now

CUCM 11 New Feature
replacing the present Meet-Me feature
well let me tell you, finally i got the approval from Management to upgrade our CUCM and since then i have to read alot to see which new feature i have and one of the newest is Conference Now
i show you earlier how to configure Meet-Me Conference so today i will show how to configure the Replacement for that feature, and You can now set a PIN to the Meet-Me feature, making it more secure Similar to Webex
So i Download CUCM 11 ISO File and i will configure this in the 60 Days Demo License
and as you can see the home page look different
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Login with my Username and passwordb
and here show the System is operation on demo license
don’t worry about it
the feature will work on it
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First go to Call Routing Tab – Conference Now2
Enter the Conference Now Number3
Then go to Media Resource – Interactive Voice Responses4
Make Sure the IVR is registered to the CUCM5
i will Change the Device Pool and Location to my Site (Jamjoom)6
Now go to Media Resource – Announcement 7
Here i can check the All the Default Announcement and as you see the First couple of Announcement is belong to Conference Now Feature and i could change it too for a custom recording 8
Now go to User Management – User/Phone Add – Feature Group Template9in the Default Group Template select the Box – Enable End User to host Conference Now10
now go to Configure End User under User Management Tab11
Configure the Self-Service User ID for the End User12
Select the Primary Extension13
The Last Most Important Step is to Enable the Box under Conference Now and make sure the Meeting Number is the same as the Self-Service user ID
and to make sure your Conference is Secure configure the Attendees Access Code14
like that your configuration is Complete
to check the number allowed for Conference is the same like Meet-me feature
go to Service parameter – Choose the server and Call Manager service15
and As you see you can Adjust everything here16

Now lets Check the Video for testing the Conference Now Feature

 

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Video Conference

This is the Cisco IP Phone Biggest Feature of all

Video Conference is one of the Major thing in Business were Some Employee reside in another City and you can save time and Money with Video Conference and for Some Business an MCU is not an Option.

The Best thing for it to work You don’t need TelePresence or Meeting Server, All what you need is a PVDM3 Modules weather it  PVDM 3-128 or PVDM 3-265 in your Router and Configure the Conference in the IOS Similar like you do the Normal Conference i already Explain it in an Earlier Blog

I will be configuring Video Conferencing for Cisco 8941 IP Phone and 2 of 9971 IP Phones.

So Let Start Configure the IOS

first i Set the DSP reservation for voice related services Integer is a percentage which is 60 in this Example, That Leave me with 40% to video resources

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Then Configure the Video Conference Profile

Its Important to  Define the conference-participants parameters and Maximum Sessions so I Define how Many Parties Per Conference and I define Also the maximum sessions

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Now the SCCP Configuration Part

i Define my Call Manager

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and here i Associate the Video Conference Profile to the SCCP Group

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Now the CUCM Part

Go to the Media Resource – Conference Bridge – Add New

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Then  Go to Media Resource – Media Resource Group – Add new and Select the Video Conference Resource that you Just Configure

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Then  Go to Media Resource – Media Resource Group List – Add New and Select the Media Resource group

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Finally Assign the Media Resources Group List to the Device Pool

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Now make a Call to from Phone A (7156) to Phone B (4119) then i Add by Using the Conference Button https://i2.wp.com/www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/i/200001-300000/250001-260000/255001-256000/255303.eps/_jcr_content/renditions/255303.jpg and Add Phone C (2131) and Press the Softkey Conference and Just Like that you have a Video Conference

you can watch the Video in this Link
or you can see it in the video below

Note. Cisco release a Feature Deprecation Announcement for Video Conferencing and Transcoding Using PVDM3 on ISR G2 Product Bulletin Feature Deprecation Announcement for Video Conferencing and Transcoding Using PVDM3 on ISR G2 Product Bulletin were saying “This feature will be disabled with Cisco IOS Software Release 15.5(3)M” so in case you want to use it Youre going to have to roll back to an older release.

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Ad Hoc Conferencing

Conference Cant get Any Easier  ;D

I already explain in earlier blog the other Conference Feature Meet-me and in my Believe Ad-Hoc is the Advanced feature of Conferencing

in Ad-Hoc the Initiator of the Conference which is the Controller would have the  ability to view the List of the Other Parties, to Remove Some of the Parties. Also you can provide this  Feature to the other parties to have same capabilities of the controller

First just like Meet-Me you need to have conference resources available on you router before you can use any conference features i already explain how to configure a Conference Bridge in earlier Blog Media Resource Group

no other configuration needed

so to start conference first i will go to My Cisco 8941 phone and Make call for the First Parties which in my example is extension 7188

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After the first parties answer then I Press the Conference Button

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on the 8941 and Call Second Parties extension number 9059

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After 9059 answer then press Conference Softkeys to Add him to  the Conference

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And it’s now everyone join the  Conference and you can add as many user that your Conference Resource can support

You can view the List of Parties by press View Detail Softkey

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Also you can select a user and remove him from the Conference

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its a really great feature and user will not have to go through System Administrator to ask for a Number to call like Meet-me Conference were you need it

to adjust your conference to protect your self from toll fraud you can configure the call to be terminated once the controller drop the call

Go to System – Service Parameter – Select the Server and Choose the service (Cisco CallManager ) then go to Clusterwide Parameters (Feature – Conference)

Drop Ad Hoc Conference : When Conference Controller Leaves

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Also if i want to other Parties non-Controller to View List of Conference parties and Remove other Parties i will go to System – Service Parameter – Select the Server and Choose the service (Cisco CallManager ) then go to Clusterwide Parameters (Feature – Conference)

Advanced Ad Hoc Conference Enabled : True

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Also you can increase number of Parties to join conference, the default value for this Clusterwide Service Parameter is 4.

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