Category Archive: vSphere

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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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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