16 11, 2017

vCenter 6.0 Appliance (VCSA) fix and restore

By | November 16th, 2017|Backups, Virtualization|0 Comments

This week we had an outage with our vCenter Appliance 6.0 vPostgres DB. After some Storage issues vCenter stop working and was not possible to recover. In this article will not go through how to troubleshoot the issue, or what the root cause(was not possible to identify with 100% sure what was the root cause), but [...]

18 09, 2017

PSOD after apply ESXi 6.5 Update 1 Rollup on HP DLs

By | September 18th, 2017|Virtualization|13 Comments

Last week we had upgraded some of our HP Blades (HPE BL460c) from ESXi 6.0 to ESXi 6.5. We have used VMware Update manager to migrate/upgrade these ESXi hosts using the ESXi HPE image VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-Update1-5969303-HPE-650.U1. The upgrade did run without any issues. After ESXi upgrade we run a search/scan in VUM for any updates/patches release [...]

20 04, 2017

Free Backup tools for Virtual Environments

By | April 20th, 2017|Backups, Virtualization|0 Comments

There are some tools in the market regarding free Backup tools for Virtual Environments (some may include physical). Personally, I do not know in detail all products that are in the market. In this article, I will try to focus the ones that offer a free license with the most features included. What are the [...]

5 04, 2017

VMworld 2017 Global Registration is Live!

By | April 5th, 2017|Virtualization|0 Comments

Registration for VMworld 2017 is now open. Glimpse the Future: You’ll hear from VMware executives and industry experts on what matters most in IT today, and what’s coming next. Collaborate and Network: Interact with your peers, the VMware partner ecosystem and IT innovators—a “who’s who” in digital business. Explore and Discover: Learn from subject-matter experts [...]

14 03, 2017

ESXTOP access with read-only account

By | March 14th, 2017|Virtualization|0 Comments

This week we had a special request from an internal project where they need to run the esxtop and check some statistics performance from VMs / host CPU, memory etc. This was a "problem" for us. For security reasons, we do not provide root access to our ESXi hosts. To run esxtop we need root [...]

4 03, 2017

Veeam Proxy issue: Removing Veeam ghost snapshots

By | March 4th, 2017|Backups, Virtualization|1 Comment

Today one of our vCenter DB VMs we had a warning with the following message: "Virtual Disk Consolidation is required". This is normal in a VMware farm and happens sometimes (this could be caused by too many snapshot, very old snapshots or snapshot that were not properly removed). All we need to do is click [...]

8 02, 2017

Awarded VMware vExpert 2017

By | February 8th, 2017|Virtualization|0 Comments

Is again with a great honor that I have been announced again a VMware vExpert award by VMware. This is my second year in a row with this award. Had some goals for this year, but unfortunately didn't had much time to focus in those goals. Goals for this year: vExpert 2017 - Achieved. vSAN [...]

14 01, 2017

vCenter issue: vSphere Client fails with “Invalid URL: The hostname could not parsed.”

By | January 14th, 2017|Virtualization|0 Comments

Today when rebooting one of our vCenters 6.0 and try to connect using vSphere Client we get this issue "Invalid URL: The hostname could not parsed." The issue itself is described in VMware KB 1033990. Since there were no changes in the URL, was a strange issue. There are some options to fix the issue. [...]

9 11, 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5 what is new?

By | November 9th, 2016|Virtualization|0 Comments

After some days of with sick leave, I am back. Many new announcements in the last weeks. Let 's start with the first one, new VMware vSphere 6.5 version. What is new in the new version? Many new features and improvements have been added to this 6.5 version. Unfortunately since I was ill, did not [...]

9 11, 2016

vExpert 2017 Applications are Now Open

By | November 9th, 2016|Virtualization|0 Comments

VMware launched the applications for vExpert 2017. The applications will be open until 16th of December and decisions of the new vExpert 2017 will be February 8th 2017. The official page for vExpert announcements: http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn If you plan to apply, just follow the following link: https://form.jotform.com/6312438208495 Good luck for all new applications, and for the [...]

23 09, 2016

Enable Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) in vSwitch

By | September 23rd, 2016|Virtualization|11 Comments

In this article we will try to go through CDP and also trough LLDP, how to configure for vSwitch, but also for vDS and how to check the information in vCenter provided by this feature. This week we install new ESXi hosts from a remote location. Since we did not have access physically to the [...]

23 09, 2016

Unable to remove permissions in vCenter Appliance 6.0 U2, how to fix.

By | September 23rd, 2016|Virtualization|0 Comments

Today had a very strange problem with our new vCenter Appliance 6.0(VCSA). First query users and Groups in the Domain(searching to add in the permissions) was very slow and in the Web Client sometimes we see the Domain with double entries, or could not find the users/groups. Also when we look at the vCenter permissions(vCenter [...]

31 08, 2016

How to move your VMs from a dead ESXi host

By | August 31st, 2016|Virtualization|0 Comments

This weekend we lost a ESXi 6.0 host from a Cluster of 8 hosts(with shared Storage between them). This is a particularly ESXi host/Cluster, since HA is not enable and vMotion between hosts is not possible since the VMs needs to run in a particularly host and local network. There is also some VMs that [...]

3 07, 2016

ESXi 6.0 fix corrupted host imageprofile

By | July 3rd, 2016|Virtualization|12 Comments

In a previous article we have fix some issues regarding the VUM errors and also with ESXi profile. Again we had some issues with on host when applying updates and was not possible to remediate the updates. In the initial reboot(after applying the updates) host did not power up, it freezes with this error:   [...]

6 06, 2016

ESXi host issue: VMs doesn’t start, Insufficient Resources

By | June 6th, 2016|Virtualization|2 Comments

We had an ESXi host with an issue when powering any VM.  When users click the start button, always have an error "Insufficient Resources." Was a strange error, since we know that this ESXi host has enough resources to run more VMs. So we need to troubleshoot the issue and check what is triggering this [...]