Get ready for NSX phase 0: Migrate from a vSphere Standard to a distributed switch: manual and auto

The distributed switch (vDS) is a really nice piece of software within the vSphere environment. It offers a variety of very useful features (NIOC, Health Check, Central management, LACP, LBT, Netflow, and so many (features with fancy abbreviations) more). Especially if you want to move to NSX the distributed switch is mandatory. Since analytics showed me that views about my vDS blogposts are increasing it seems that there is a demand for the vDS within our virtualized environments (it’s still an enterprise+ only feature)

Migrating from a vSphere standard switch to a distributed switch is not that complicated at all if you plan it properly. Over the years I collected a lot of (troubleshooting) experiences with the vDS. Anyway I want you to learn from my mistakes to do (not-so-daily) tasks right from the beginning.

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Password change of the vRealize Automation service account for the vCenter

If you ever feel the need to change the service user account of the vRealize automation user (the account that has a dedicated user/role at the vCenter configured), make sure to do the following afterwards.

It’s not sufficient to change the credentials of the vCenter user in the endpoint section of vRA.


Remember that our vRealize Orchestrator and the IaaS componets needs to connect to the vCenter as well. If you miss the following steps your next requests will fail:

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