vSphere: You do not have permission to run this command


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Since the release of vSphere, there is a new feature called Hardware Status plug-in.

The new vCenter Sever 4 Hardware Status plug-in provides the ability to monitor the hardware health of your VMware ESX hosts,
including key components such as fans, system board, and power supply. The health information displayed by the vCenter Hardware
Status plug-in are defined and provided by the server hardware vendor through the industry-standard Common Information Model
(CIM) interface.

You can find it on a new tab at the host level in vCenter server:

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But when I want to view the information in the Hardware Status tab I got the error: You do not have permission to run this command

Luckily I was not the only one with this problem and there is already a topic about this error on the VMware Communities: http://communities.vmware.com/message/1360601#1360601

These are the steps I took to fix this issue:

  1. Stop the VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices service.
  2. Delete the C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\tomcat\webapps\vws\data\VcCache-default-0.XhiveDatabase.DB file.
  3. Start the VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices service.
  4. Reconnect to the vCenter Server
  5. After reconnecting to the vCenter server, I was able to view the Hardware Status again.image

On Page 6 of what-is-new-in-vmware-vcenter-server-4.pdf you can find more information about the Hardware Status tab.

VMware: HP EVA Storage Plugin for VI


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I saw this Plugin in my RSS reader today:

The EVA
plug-in for Virtual Infrastructure Client provides administrators a
tool to facilitate the discovery and identification of HP EVA storage
arrays connected to VMware ESX servers.

Administrators
can have a global view across all storage layers (SAN array, VMware ESX server and Virtual Machines) to keep everything within a single pane of glass through the VI client interface. As a result, ESX storage
management becomes easier and faster with a lower risk of configuration
mistake.

More info can be found here: http://www.k-ante.com/page_interne.php?lang=UK&ID=plug_in_vmware

Watch a demo movie (Quicktime required): Video_Plug_in_VMware_for_EVA_EN.mp4 

Source: http://communities.vmware.com/blogs/amodi/2009/06/22/plugin-eva-for-vmware

VMware: Performance Overview Chart could not be loaded


After installing the new Performance Overview plugin for vCenter 2.5u4. There might be a change that the following “error” appears when you start the plugin.

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But, VMware did a great job and  published this workaround:

Workaround: If VirtualCenter is upgraded when the VMware Infrastructure Web Access Service is running, you need to reinstall the Virtual Infrastructure Web Access feature and re-install the Performance Overview plug-in:

  1. In the Add or Remove Programs utility, change the VMware VirtualCenter Server program.
  2. Modify the VirtualCenter Server installation, and remove the Virtual Infrastructure Web Access feature.
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  3. In the Add or Remove Programs utility, change the VMware VirtualCenter Server program.
  4. Modify the VirtualCenter Server installation, and install the Virtual Infrastructure Web Access feature on the local hard drive.
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  5. Re-install the Performance Overview plug-in:
    1. In the command window goto to the folder vpx/perfCharts, the location where the Performance Overview plug-in is available.
      If you are using the ZIP file, go to the bin\perfCharts folder.
    2. Run uninstall.bat <VirtualCenter_Username> <VirtualCenter_Password>
    3. Run install.bat <VirtualCenter_Username> <VirtualCenter_Password>
  6. Connect the VI Client to the VirtualCenter Server, and enable the Performance Overview plug-in:
  1. In the VirtualCenter Server, click Plugins > Manage Plugins.
  2. In the Installed tab of the Plugin Manager window, for com.vmware.vim.stats.report select Enabled.

Source: KB1008330

VMware: Installing the new Performance Charts plugin


These are the steps, you need to do, before you can install the Performance Charts plugin. Step one is one of the most important steps. I forgot to copy the files and the install gave me a nice “Access Denied” error.

  1. Copy the VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4 build to the VirtualCenter Server system.
  2. If you are upgrading to VirtualCenter 2.5 Update4, stop the VMware Infrastructure Web Access service before upgrading the VirtualCenter.
  3. Install or ugrade to VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4 and start the VMware Infrastructure Web Access service.
  4. Dowload Java SE Development Kit 6u11, and install JDK 1.6.
  5. Configure the environment variables:
    1. Right-click My Computer and click Properties.
    2. In the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
    3. In the System variable list, select Path and click Edit.
    4. In Variable value, enter C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_11\bin\
      If an older version of JRE is present, run the following command in the command window:
      set path=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_11\bin\;%path%
    5. In the System variable list, select JAVA_HOME and click Edit.
      If JAVA_HOME does not exist, click New and in the Variable name, enter JAVA_HOME.

    6. In Variable value, enter C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_11\bin\

    7. Log out and log back in to the VirtualCenter Server.

To install the Performance Overview plug-in:

  1. In the command window of VirtualCenter Server system, go to the vpx/perfCharts folder, the location where the Performance Overview plug-in is available.
    If you are using the ZIP file, go to the bin\perfCharts folder.
  2. Run install.bat <VirtualCenter_Username> <VirtualCenter_Password>

Download and Install the plugin:

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After the install activate the plugin via the installed tab.

In the VI Client you’ll notice a new tab called Performance Overview. Here some screenshots from a host:image

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And here is one screenshot from a VM:

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Source: KB1008296

Sun ODF Plugin 1.2 for Microsoft Office Released


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De Sun ODF Plugin voor Microsoft Office geeft gebruikers  van Microsoft Office Word, Excel en Powerpoint de gelegenheid om bestanden, die zijn opgeslagen in de ISO-standaard Open Document Format (ODF) te lezen, bewerken en op te slaan.

De Plugin werkt met Microsoft Office 2007 (SP1 of hoger), Microsoft Office 2003, XP en Microsoft Office 2000.

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The new release of the ODF Plugin, version 1.2, improves the import and export of ODF files into Microsoft Office, increasing the interoperability of the plugin. It supports Microsoft Office 2007 (Service Pack 1 or higher) and is available in 16 different languages.

The plugin is available in the following locales:

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Hungarian Russian
  • Polish
  • Iberian Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Korean
  • Dutch

De plugin kun je hier downloaden.