Category Archive: vCenter Server

Jul 28 2017

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U1 & ESXi 6.5 U1 Released

Yesterday, 2017-07-27, VMware released an update to vSphere 6.5 meaning the latest release is now vSphere 6.5 Update 1. The release includes quite a few driver updates for ESXi and vCenter Server got a few new enhancements & features which I know a few of my customers have been waiting for such as: External database …

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Jul 16 2017

List VMware ESXi vMotion Enabled VMkernel Interfaces Using PowerCLI

A while back during a troubleshooting exercise I created a script to list ESXi host VMKernel Interfaces (vmk) with vMotion enabled since some of the ESXi hosts had vMotion enabled on multiple interfaces. The below information is included per ESXi hosts in the script output CSV file: VMHost – ESXi host Name IP – IP …

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Jul 07 2017

Add Multiple ESXi Hosts To vCenter Server Using PowerCLi

A few days back I created a vSphere cluster with 32 ESXi hosts and I really didn’t want to add all these hosts using the UI so I decided to put together a short powercli script to manage this. The script that was tested using the following software versions: VMware vCenter Server 6.5 VMware ESXi 6.5 build 5146846 …

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Mar 01 2017

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 U3 & ESXi 6.0 U3 released

A few days ago, 2017/02/24, VMware released vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3 and ESXi 6.0 Update 3. Both vCenter Server 6.0 U3 and ESXi 6.0 U3 now includes upport for TLS v 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2. For ESXi it is enabled by default and can be configurable with 6.0 U3. For vCenter Server 6.0 U3 the …

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Feb 07 2017

VMware vCenter Server & ESXi 6.5.0a released

Just a short blog post for you who might have missed that a few days ago, 2017-02-02, same time as VMware released NSX version 6.3.0 they also released: vCenter Server 6.5.0a ESXi 6.5.0a The only purpose of this A release for vCenter Server was to add support for NSX 6.3 and the same goes for ESXi …

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Dec 14 2016

VMware vSphere vCenter Server 6.5 Appliance Deployment using CLI

A while back i wrote a blog post about the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5  Installation & Configuration via UI and as i mentioned in the blog post there is also a command line interface option (CLI) available and this is what this blog post will be all about. The procedure is really simple …

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May 23 2016

Register vCenter Server Lookup Service in vShield Manager

A few weeks ago i upgraded a customer environment to latest release of VMware vSphere. Customer ran 5.5 U2 and now they wanted version 6.0 U2 for both vCenter Server and ESXi. The entire process was pretty straight forward and the only little bump we had was the vShield Manager to vCenter Server Lookup Service …

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Mar 16 2016

vSphere 6.0 Update 2 released

Yesterday, 2016-03-15, VMware released vCenter Server 6.o U2 and ESXi 6.0 U2. There are quite a few good fixes and enhancements and i’ll list a few things i have seen in the field that will be fixed with these releases: Hostd stops responding when esxcli commands are executed using PowerCLI Upgrading vCenter Server from 5.5 …

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Mar 01 2016

Error joining vCenter Server Appliance to Active Directory

Time for another guest blog post and this one by my former colleague Johan Blom @ RTSAB who had problem joining a vCenter Server Appliance 6 U1 to a Windows 2012 R2 domain. When trying top join domain from vSphere Web Client the following error was seen:   Idm client exception: Error trying to join AD, error code [11], user [XXX\yyy …

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Feb 16 2016

ESXi host disconnected from vCenter Server & the ESXi localcli command

Today i experienced an ESXi host, version 6.0 U1a, being disconnected from vCenter Server. I did try to connect direct to the ESXI host using the ESXi host embedded client, the vSphere Client and SSH without any success. The last attempt was to use the IPMI connection and that screen showed me the following: That is …

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Jan 08 2016

vSphere 6.0 Update 1b released

Yesterday, 2016-01-07, VMware release vSphere vCenter Server and ESXi 6.0 Update 1b. A few updates and fixes i think will be useful for at least some of my readers are listed below: VMware now supports Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual machines protected by VMware vShield App lose network connectivity on the ESXi 6.0 hosts Windows 10 …

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Jul 14 2015

vCenter Server won’t start

This is actually the second blog post with the same name. I had the same problem, vCenter Server didn’t start, about a year ago and you can read that blog post here. This blog post applies to vCenter Server 5.5.0 build 2442329 and the problem was that the vCenter Server service didn’t start after an unexpected reboot of …

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Jul 08 2015

VMware vCenter Server 6.0.0b released

Yesterday, 2015-07-07, VMware released a patch for their vCenter Server 6 and it’s called vCenter Server 6.0.0b. As always, evaluate if the fixes included in a release is required for your environment and if it is the patch can be downloaded here. Some of the issues resolved in this release includes: VPXD SSL certificates might not be migrated after upgrade …

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Jul 07 2015

vSphere 6.0 blog – VM Component Protection

During the past weeks i have received a couple of questions about the VM Component Protection (VMCP) feature introduced in vSphere 6.0. The VMCP feature adds another layer of protection for the virtual machines since you can configure different behaviours for different storage related problem such as All Path Down (APD) and Permanent Device Loss (PDL). I know …

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Jun 29 2015

Upgrade to vSphere ESXi 6.0 via Nutanix PRISM

So one of the cool things with the Nutanix PRISM interface is that more and more software components can be managed from this single interface. I created a post a while back where i showed how we can easily upgrade the Nutanix Operating System and you can fint it here. This blog will be about …

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Jun 23 2015

Can’t connect to vCenter Server – connection timeout

So i few days back i ran into a problem while connecting to vCenter Server version 5.5 U2d i have never seen before. Neither the vSphere Web Client or the vSphere Client managed to connect to the vCenter Server. I just received connection timeout messages. I did actually try to login, using the vSphere Client, from the …

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