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NSX Networking & Security section missing in vSphere Web Client

By on February 5, 2017

As I was trying to install the newest version of NSX (6.3.0) in my vSphere 6.5a lab, I came across an earlier problem than first expected. I had installed and configured the NSX Manager appliance and paired it with the PSC and VCSA, but I wasn’t able to see the NSX Networking & Security section in the vSphere Web Client.

This far I’d only used the default administrator@vsphere.local user throughout my lab environment, so user/permission problems was ruled out. I also checked basic configurations for DNS, NTP etc. Everything seemed fine. Then I came across the following KB: 2126701, stating the following workaround:

vCenter Server 6.x. (VCVA)

  1. Log in to VCVA as root. 
  2. Navigate to the NSX plug-in download section described in the Log Location section. 
  3. Remove com.vmware.vshield.*. 
  4. Remove com.vmware.ciscom.vmware.vShieldManager.zip under /etc/vmware/vsphere-client/cmCatalog/. 
  5. Restart the Web client UI and log in.

I followed the steps in the article:

Once I logged back in to the vSphere Web Client, everything was working fine and the NSX Networking & Security section was shown as expected.

New year – New opportunities

By on January 16, 2017

This year I followed the example of my good friend Christian Mohn and created my “Plan for 2017” which you can read here. As you may noticed in that blogpost, I wanted to dare to go beyond the status quo this year.

Working in IT has thought myself some great lessons over the past few years. Not only is the tech itself evolving in a pace which haven’t been seen before. You also see a great change in the business market as well. Startup companies with new and interesting tech are created hourly (at least that what it seems like to me), and smaller companies are really fighting for their place against the bigger players.

I started my career as an IT-Admin for a PR Agency in Norway called Geelmuyden.Kiese. Back in September 16″ the owner of this firm, Hans Geelmuyden, stated the following:

In the future it’s not the largest ones who’ll eat the smaller ones, it’s the fastest ones who’ll eat the slower ones.

Taking that quote into IT perspective, I believe that future is NOW!

By 1st of March I’m happy to announce that I’ll be joining Proact as a Senior Consultant. I’m really looking forward to work along side a great striking force in IT, with clear focus on bringing SDDC and Hybrid Cloud further into the Norwegian market. And I’m super excited to work with some great colleagues here in Norway, Denmark and in the rest of Europe.

Opportunities like this doesn’t come along often, and I know that it will challenge me in so many new and interesting ways. I’m humble to take on this role, with great expectations and, as always, a lot of fun!

Come on guys, let’s GO! #TeamProact


What do you bring 2017?

By on December 26, 2016

I bet there’ll be enough “predictions for 2017” blogposts, so this post will avoid those kind of stuff and try to make it a more personal one to keep myself sharp for the upcoming year.

Here is my plan for 2017:


Dare to go beyond the status quo

So I guess 2017 will be the year to dare to go beyond status quo. One tend to seek the opportunities for contribution. Changes will happen because of this. I cannot share more on this topic as of now unfortunately.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln


Get VCIX-NV/DCV certified

I’ve been studying towards the VCIX-NV for a while and my plan is to try and sit this some time before the summer. I need to pass the VCP6-NV first, but I don’t want this to be my personal certification goal this year. It may be slightly optimistic to get time to sit both the VCIX-NV and DCV (as well as VCP6-NV), but who knows?


VMUG Norway and beyond

If we could get the VMUG Norway attendance numbers up with 10-20 pr event this year, I’m happy with the progress. There is still a need for more customer cases to be presented at the events, and hopefully people find their need for contribution this year. I also would really like to be able to attend (and perhaps contribute?) the Nordic VMUG event in 2017, which usually takes place in November in Denmark.


Refreshing vVadster.net

For those following me on Twitter, have probably noticed some of my outbursts regarding the amount of work I’ve done in 2016. The consequences affected my time and ability to put down the necessary work on vVadster.net and creating a certain amount of posts. So hopefully I’ll be able to share a few posts with you guys this year. As this post is meant to be a way to keep me sharp for 2017, I guess I should set a more concrete target… How about 10 for a start?



One of the most interesting (and new) topics that appeared in 2016, was the joint partnership between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware, commonly known as VMware Cloud on AWS or just VMwareOnAWS. I can see a lot of benefits knowing the AWS framework and the solutions they offer, in combination with different VMware products, when designing customer environments in the years to come. I’ve done some stuff for customers in AWS earlier, but I want do more this year, and hopefully have time to try and pass the AWS CSA-A exam as well.


I guess that’s a wrap for my 2017 plans. Changes can certainly happen, but I’ll try and do a midway through follow-up in July and in December.

VMware VIP VCP Club 2015

By on December 11, 2015

VMware VIP Club

Yesterday I attended the annual VMware VIP VCP Club. The focus and goal of this concept is to aim towards more technical VMware partners and end-users and personally I’ve been a huge fan of this arena since my first participation in 2012. So far, the VCP Club has been arranged once a year, but this is about to change in 2016 to become more frequent and dedicated to one topic per event.

This years agenda looked like the following:
14:00 – 15:30: VMware NSX – Marius Holmsen
15:30 – 15:45: Break
15:45 – 17:15: What’s new in vRealize Automation 7 and Operations 6.1. Photon OS and vSphere Integrated Containers – Bengt Grønås and Steffen Moen
17:15 – 19:00: Socialization

An evening with interesting presentations combined with LOTS of food, is always a success in the IT business 🙂

Apart from the original agenda Christian Mohn and I was able to get a chance to do a short Norway VMUG presentation as well. Just to get the audience up to speed on what to expect from Norway VMUG for 2016.

Some pictures from this years VIP VCP Club:

Marius Holmsen presenting VMware NSX
Marius Holmsen presenting VMware NSX

Steffen Moen presenting Photon OS
Steffen Moen presenting Photon OS

Steffen Moen presenting vRA 7
Steffen Moen presenting vRA 7

Bengt Grønås presenting vROps
Bengt Grønås presenting vROps

Bengt Grønås presenting vROps
Bengt Grønås presenting vROps

Christian Mohn presenting Norway VMUG
Christian Mohn presenting Norway VMUG

Selected as vExpert 2015

By on August 28, 2015


I’m delighted to share the news that I’ve been selected as a VMware vExpert 2015. Proud, honored and grateful for this, and a special thanks to VMware and the vExpert team.

Being part of the VMware community and especially the Norway VMUG team, is really important to me, and I get to learn a lot from really experienced and great VMware users. As well as working for an employer with colleagues which has great focus on delivering the best VMware solutions to our customers. Thanks to all of them as well.

I’m looking forward to contribute even more to the community, to speak to more of you guys out there and learn from the best.

vExpert Profile

vExpert 2015 Second Half Announcement