VCAP6-DCV Deployment Studies

I am currently working towards obtaining the VCIX6-DCV certification from VMware. Currently I hold the VCAP5-DCD certification and in order to gain the VCIX6-DCV certification I need to pass the VCAP6-DCV Deployment exam.

While starting the study process I searched the web looking for books on the subject but none are yet to be published. What I did find was couple of blogs mentioned below that are working through the exam blueprint to create study guides which I hope will be a massive help going forwards.

This post will serve as a goto place for all the study resources used on my journey to VCIX6-DCV.


Tim Smith – VCAP-DCV Deploy – Study Guide Series
Mordi Shushan – vPentathlon VCAP6-DCV Deploy


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Linux P2V CentOS 4/5/6 VMware Converter

Recently I have been working on a project that had quite a few physical Linux servers, mainly of the the CentOS distribution. I have done the odd one here and there in the past but never really documented the process and with me attempting to update my blog more frequently what better place to document it.

First I will give a brief overview of the process then will detail the how-to. This post is for physical to virtual (P2V), I did have to tackle a few virtual to virtual (V2V) that were based on KVM to VMware which I will also document.


The version of Converter used during this project was 5.5.0 build 1362012 and CentOS versions 4.9, 5.1 and 6.5 x64. The sole use of converter may work on your combination of Converter, ESX and CentOS but in my case I had to create a new initial RAM disk as the converted VM would kernel panic due to disk configuration changes.

  1. Document kernel version
  2. Use VMware Converter to convert machine
  3. Create a new initial RAM disk
  4. Configure Network Connection
  5. Install VMware Tools

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Avamar MOSS GLR Plugin

I was recently setting up MOSS (Microsoft Office Sharepoint Sever) for GLR (Granular Level Restores) using the Avamar plugin. When I installed the MOSS plugin and selected the GLR component it fails the installation with the following error also shown above.

AvFSCreateProcArg: Command ‘”C:\Program Files\avs\bin\axionfs.exe” /regserver’ failed, exitCode=-2147024891:80070005

This is due to UAC (User Account Control) in Windows 2008 / 2008 R2 which can prevent software from being installed with administrator privileges, unless an administrator authorizes the elevated privileges. So the GLR component fails to install because of inadequate permissions for several custom actions. These custom actions are related to AvFS (Eldos).


There are 2 workarounds:

1. Turn off UAC.

Do so as follows. Start -> Control Panel. Select User Accounts and User Accounts again. Select Change User Account Control settings. Drag slider to “Never notify”. Reboot. Run the MOSS VSS MSI installer from the Avamar Server, e.g. AvamarMossVSS-windows-x86_64-6.0.1xx-xxx.msi

2. Open command window and run as administrator.

Download the MOSS VSS installer MSI file from the Avamar server, e.g. AvamarMossVSS-windows-x86_64-6.0.1xx-xxx.msi. Start -> Right-click on the Command Prompt icon. Choose Run as Administrator. CD to the directory containing the downloaded MOSS VSS MSI file. Run the MOSS VSS MSI file from the command prompt to perform the installation.


Full instruction are detailed in the link below, page 12 onwards. For some reason I missed this and suffered the hard way. Whats that saying, RTFM :)

EMC Avamar Microsoft SharePoint Client 5.0 User Guide

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