Category Archive: vSphere

Apr 12 2017

Manage ESXi Routing Via Command Line Interface

There are certain key combinations and commands I find more difficult to remember than others. I wrote about Send F Key to VMware Fusion via MacBook Keyboard and the next in line is routing for ESXi. This is not something i do very often but It happens from time to time. I will not go into …

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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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Jan 31 2017

ESXi 6 – The VMRC Console Has Disconnected

So a few days back i was experience an issue where i couldn’t connect to a VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 Patch 4 (build number 4600944) based Virtual Machine Remote Console (VMRC) at a customer. I have seen this quite a few times over the years and there are a lot of VMware KB articles available on the topic. …

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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 11 2016

Verify vMotion functionality using PowerCLI

One very important thing during any environment deployment or environment expansion is to verify it actually works as expected. It has been a while since my last script blog post but i wanted to share one PowerCLI script i put together a while ago to verify vSphere vMotion functionality. The script has been very handy …

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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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Apr 05 2016

Change ESXi password complexity policy

The other week i was asked by a customer to change passwords for all service accounts in their environment and this includes but not limited to IPMI admin account, ESXi host root account, Nutanix Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) nutanix account vCenter Server administrator@vsphere.local account Based on existing customer password requirements for ESXi hosts, 16 characters including only …

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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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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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Nov 26 2015

ESXi Change Block Tracking patch released

Yesterday, 2015-11-25, VMware released a patch that will solve the ESXi 6.0 Change Block Tracking (CBT) problem where virtual machines backed up using CBT could experience the following problems: Inconsistent virtual machine backups The CBT API call QueryDiskChangedAreas() API call can sometimes return incorrect changed sectors, which results in inconsistent incremental virtual machine backups. The …

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