Category Archive: vSphere 6.5

Sep 21 2017

Update ESXi Fails With “DependencyError, Requirement Cannot Be Satisfied Within The ImageProfile”

Was contacted a few days ago by customer who got the following error when trying to upgrade their ESXi hosts. [DependencyError] VIB VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6.0.0-2.43.4192238 requires vsan >= 6.0.0-2.43, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile. VIB VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6.0.0-2.43.4192238 requires vsan << 6.0.0-2.44, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile. Please refer to the …

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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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Jun 21 2017

ESXi 6.5 Service sfcbd-watchdog Not Running

A few days back i had problem with the VMware ESXi service sfcbd-watchdog which wouldn’t start on my newly deployed ESX 6.5a (build number 4887370) servers and since the service is used for hardware monitoring purposes it is quite important. The service is disabled and is in stopped state from ESXi 6.5 so this blog post will …

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Mar 31 2017

Heads Up! Critical Security Patch Available for VMware ESXi & More

A few days ago, 2017-03-28, VMware released a few security patches that will prevent a guest from execute code on the ESXi host. This has been possible based on heap buffer overflow and uninitialized stack memory usage in SVGA. Available VMware KB articles for these issues are: KB 2149672 KB 2149673 Affected VMware ESXi versions …

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Mar 30 2017

Heads Up! No More Third Party Virtual Switches API For ESXi

Update 2017-04-01 No it is official, see VMware KB 2149722 for more information. —————————————————————————————– Since I know quite a few of my customers are using third party switches in their vSphere environment instead of the VMware native Virtual Standard Switch (VSS) or vNetwork Distributed Switch (VDS) i wanted to provide you with some information I have …

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Mar 21 2017

Manage vSphere Virtual Machines in Nutanix PRISM

With the Nutanix AOS 5.0 release it is now possible to manage VMware vSphere ESXi based virtual machines (VMs) via Nutanix PRISM. VM management is controlled via the VM section in PRISM which you’ll reach by: Selecting VM in the main drop down menu Click Table and you’ll see all the VMs in table format. Both …

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Mar 16 2017

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 b and more released

Two days ago, 2017-03-14, VMware released vCenter Server 6.5 b. This release includes a few enhancements related to time zones in both Linux and Windows guest operating systems. There are also additional features included in the vSphere HTML 5 based client in a lot or areas meaning it closing the gap to the vSphere Web …

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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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Nov 23 2016

VMware vSphere vCenter Server 6.5 Appliance Installation & Configuration

Basic documentation about my lab environment VMware vCenter Server 6.5 installation and configuration. I decided to run the UI based installation form my Windows 8 based VDI. However, there is a cli option available for the deployment and a blog post about that can be found here. Hang on for a lot of print screens:) Deployment/Installation …

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Nov 17 2016

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Resource Requirements

Just a quick blog post about the vCenter Server 6.5 Appliance resource requirements in terms of vCPUs, RAM and Storage per deployment size option. And yes, this is mostly for my personal documentation purposes since the information can also be found in the VMware vSphere 6.5 official documentation, Anyway, the following Deployment Sizes are available: …

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Aug 27 2015

vMotion – A general system error occurred

Updated 20170127 Apparently this applies to vSphere 6.5 as well according to a comment below. Thanks Joe for letting us know ———————————————————————– The other day i had an issue with vMotion migrations in my vSphere environment running the following versions: vCenter Server 5.5.0 build 2183111 ESXi 5.5.0 build 2143827 The error i was seeing happened at …

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