vCloud Director: Unable to verify the following cells share the transfer spooling area

Today I encountered an issue where, in a multi-cell vCloud Director environment, warnings were popping up in the /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/logs/cell.log:

Warning: unable to verify the following cells share the transfer spooling area.

This article describes what this means and how to fix it.

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How to deploy a vSphere 6 U1 lab in Fusion

While new versions of vSphere are being released and deployment methods have been changed, it’s currently not so straight forward to deploy a vSphere lab inside Fusion and Workstation. This due to the fact that there is no OVF-based vCenter Server Appliance install available anymore (as of vSphere 6) and there is some manual fiddling required to make this work. This article will describe the steps you need to take for deployment.

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Issue with an external VMware PSC High Availability deployment

Starting with vSphere 6, components for license, certificate management and SSO are being handled by the PSC (Platform Services Controller). This new part of a vSphere installation can be configured to be highly available.

I came across an issue where a fresh installation of vCenter Server 6.0 using an external high availability deployment of PSC would fail with a certificate or invalid credentials error. This article describes the issue and how it was solved.

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