ESXi NC551m stops working after firmware update

In an ideal world, management would provide unlimited funding to upgrade hardware continuously! We all know that’s not going to happen! Sometimes it is necessary to prolong the lifespan of servers as long as possible, particularly when they are extremely well-provisioned devices, even by today’s standards! Such is the case with our HP BL460 G7… Continue reading “ESXi NC551m stops working after firmware update”

Setting the coredump partition when using vSAN

I was designing a customer vSAN deployment and I came across the guidelines and formula for calculating the required ESXi Coredump partition size: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2147881 Right away, I started working the formula for my customers deployment, when it occurred to me; this is WAY more complicated than it needs to be! VMware actually wants you to take… Continue reading “Setting the coredump partition when using vSAN”

Virtual Machine Hardware Version does make a difference

For years, I have dismissed Virtual Machine Hardware version as unimportant. In fact, in this very blog, I may have advocated for leaving VM Hardware Version set at 8, to maintain full compatibility with both the vSphere C# Client and the vSphere Web Client. Unfortunately, thanks to Spectre and Meltdown, things have changed. Updating your… Continue reading “Virtual Machine Hardware Version does make a difference”

Spectre, Meltdown and VMware vSphere

Many people are under the incorrect belief that it is hardware-level firmware updates from companies like HPE and Dell that will protect our Virtual Machines from Speculative Execution Vulnerabilities. This is NOT TRUE. As far as your VMs are concerned, the VM BIOS and Hypervisor are the hardware!

The VMware vSphere Web Client is fixed (sort of – until next time)

As we are all aware, recent updates to Shockwave Flash caused the vSphere Web Client to crash on most browser platforms. The interim solution was to install an outdated version of Shockwave Flash, just to access the Web Client. More recently, Adobe Shockwave Flash version 27.0.0.183 was pushed out in updates to Google Chrome (and… Continue reading “The VMware vSphere Web Client is fixed (sort of – until next time)”

VCSA 6.5 consoles and connections

Being successful with VMware vSphere is largely about understanding “Who’s on first, What’s on second and Idunno’s on third,” at any given point in time. This is especially true with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), as it presents a several new console choices to the administrator.

Using WinSCP with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance

From time to time, you will find it necessary to transfer files to or from your VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) or ESXi Servers. If you are working from a Windows desktop or server, there’s no more convenient utility than WinSCP for copying files securely between Windows and Linux Systems. There are a few issues,… Continue reading “Using WinSCP with the VMware vCenter Server Appliance”

VCSA and ESXi password security

I recently went looking for information on password security for the VCSA 6.0 & 6.5 and ESXi 6.0 & 6.5. Most specifically, I was interest in the number of passwords remembered, so I could define that in documentation for a client. Try as I might, I couldn’t find documentation for VCSA number of passwords remembered… Continue reading “VCSA and ESXi password security”

VCSA disks become full over time

I’ve recently spoken with a number of VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6 (VCSA) users that have had issues with the root filesystem of VCSA running out of space. This situation seems to be occurring more often now due to a combination of when the VCSA 6 went mainstream (18 to 24 months ago) and the… Continue reading “VCSA disks become full over time”