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How to update your vSAN HCL DB without internet


We know that some systems cannot be connected to the internet. In this How to update your vSAN HCL DB without internet, I will show how we can update our vSAN HCL DB without an internet connection.

In my case, a VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) doesn’t directly connect to the internet, but I still need to update the vSAN HCL to run a Health check and see if everything is okay with all compatible hardware.

As we can see in the following image, vSAN HCL DB up-to-date option is in RED (no internet connection, so not able to download the latest one), and the latest update was 375 days ago.

If we don’t have internet in the system, the only way to do this is to download the DB from VMware directly.

Download vSAN HCL DB from HERE!
Note: You need to click the right mouse button and select Save link as… or Save file as… is not possible to click and download.

The file that we download is all.json, and we can save it will the name we want or leave the default name.

After downloading the file, click Upload From File in the vSAN HCL DB up-to-date and select the file you just downloaded and upload to the vCenter.

In a few seconds, vCenter will update the vSAN HCL DB, and you will see that now it is up to date.

After you have your vSAN HCL DB up to date, you can Rest the Skyline Health again to check if all is okay with your vSAN HCL DB and Hardware Compatibility.

Since this system doesn’t have internet, there is no point in enabling the Restest with online health option.


As we can see in the next image, all is green.

When we have a system that doesn’t have or cannot have internet(like in an isolated environment or a DMZ), this process is the only way to update our vSAN HCL DB and make sure all our vSAN infrastructure is running with all the Best Practices, and all our hardware is in the Hardware Compatibility List(HCL).

I hope this blog post helps you update your vSAN HCL DB without the internet.

You can find more information about vSAN HCL DB in VMware KB2145116.

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By | 2022-03-28T20:33:23+02:00 March 28th, 2022|vCenter, VMware Posts, vSAN, vSphere|0 Comments

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I am over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. Working with Virtualization for more than 10 years (mainly VMware). I am an MCP, VCP6.5-DCV, VMware vSAN Specialist, Veeam Vanguard 2018/2019, vExpert vSAN 2018/2019 and vExpert for the last 4 years. Specialties are Virtualization, Storage, and Virtual Backups. I am working for Elits a Swedish consulting company and allocated to a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company as a Teach Lead and acting as a Senior ICT Infrastructure Engineer. I am a blogger and owner of the blog ProVirtualzone.com

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