Upgrading to VCSA 6 fails

I began an upgrade of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 5.5 to 6 for a small (in VMware’s own terminology ‘Tiny’) vSphere environment of 3 hosts and about 30 VMs. I certainly didn’t anticipate any trouble beyond the usual hassles associated with upgrading an infrastructure-level service like vCenter. Unfortunately, carefully following VMware documented procedures… Continue reading “Upgrading to VCSA 6 fails”

NET 3.5 in Windows 10 while offline

I was recently working on a Windows 10 Desktop with an isolated network, when the need to install the VMware vSphere Client for Windows arose. Of course, the vSphere Client requires .NET Framework 3.5, and Windows 10 presents special challenges to those of us who are forced to work without a connection to the Internet. Here’s… Continue reading “NET 3.5 in Windows 10 while offline”

iSCSI with Jumbo Frames and Port Binding

Immediately after installing an ESXi Server, you may or may not have any storage at all. Most ESXi servers today are diskless, with the ESXi installation living on some sort of flash-based storage. In this case a fresh installation of ESXi will present with no persistent storage whatsoever, as you can see in the example… Continue reading “iSCSI with Jumbo Frames and Port Binding”

Using VMware Paravirtual devices

One of the most common oversights in vSphere deployments is a failure to use the Paravirtual drivers that VMware has provided us for networking and storage. On a physical platform, one chooses supported device(s) for networking and storage, and then installs the correct driver(s) to support those devices. For example; on a physical system, you… Continue reading “Using VMware Paravirtual devices”