vSphere Management Assistance (vMA)

– vMA Homepage

The  vMA appliance homepage can be found here.

– vMA 4.1 appliance download location


– Reconfigure vMA network settings
The /opt/vmware/vima/bin/vmware-vma-netconf.pl script allow to reconfigure your netwerk settings

Configure Syslog to collect ESX and ESXi logs

See this link and link

– vMA 4.1 Active Directory Integration

See this link

– Updating vMA

Scan the depot for applicable bulletins by running the following command:

sudo vima-update scan

Install all updates by running the following command:

sudo vima-update update

Proxy settings can be in the set in the /etc/vmware/esxupdate/vmaupdate.conf file

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– Using vMA as ESXi Syslog server

Simon Long has a great blog on it.

Restart management agents in ESXi via SSH

/sbin/services.sh restart

Restarts the hostd, ntpd, sfcdb, sfcbd-watchdog, slpd and the wsmand service


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