Log Insight: Missing OVF Properties

As you probably know, the Log Insight virtual appliance relies on OVF properties to handle some amount of configuration. OVF properties are powerful in that they can be set at deploy time, changed at a later time, and can be used instead of relying on a CLI or needing to write a UI on top of a CLI. With that said, OVF properties have two significant limitations:

  1. They require vSphere — not an issue for Log Insight as it is only available as a virtual appliance
  2. They can go missing

The issue of missing OVF properties is what I would like to cover in this post. Read on to learn more!

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Bug in PowerCLI 4.1.1: Set-VIRole

I was trying to set up some permissions on vCenter Server using PowerCLI. Here is an example of a command I was running:

PowerCLI returned the following:

WARNING: There were one or more problems with the server certificate:
* The X509 chain could not be built up to the root certificate.
* The certificate’s CN name does not match the passed value.

Name IsSystem
—- ——–
newTestRole False
newTestRole False
newTestRole False

This looks like it worked, however upon looking at the permissions on vCenter Server, the checkboxes for these three options were not selected. If you attempt the command with any other permissions it works as expected (i.e. the checkboxes are selected).

Why was this not working?

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