vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 upgrade: A problem occurred while getting data from the source vCenter Server

When you are performing an upgrade from vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 to 6.7, you may see this, after you have filled out, all the details about the source server: As you double check, you found out, that all infos you have typed, are correct! – But then, what could be wrong?! Let’s check the suggested installer log: 2018-09-24T06:51:36.940Z – info: Stream […]

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Upgrading vCenter Server 6.5 to vCenter Server 6.7

VMWARE released vSphere 6.7, getting a lot of new functions and improvements, this also gives us a new vCenter Server Appliance. In many smaller setups, we run what is called and embedded appliance, where all vSphere vCenter Server funtionalites coexist on one single VM, this is VMWARE’s guide how to upgrade and embedded appliance 🙂 https://vspherecentral.vmware.com/t/vcenter-server/vcenter-lifecycle-install-upgrade-and-migrate-3/upgrading-vcenter-server-6-5-to-vcenter-server-6-7/ VMWARE’s blog post, about […]

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VMWARE: Cannot update host with ESXCLI due to error OSError: [Errno 28] No space left on device

When updating a ESXI HOST with esxcli, you may get this: Running command: esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20180104001-standard \ -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml Output: [InstallationError] Failed updating the bootloader: Execution of command /usr/lib/vmware/bootloader-installer/install-bootloader failed: non-zero code returned return code: 1 output: ERROR: ld.so: object ‘/lib/libMallocArenaFix.so’ from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored. Traceback (most recent call last): File “/usr/lib/vmware/bootloader-installer/install-bootloader”, line 238, in […]

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VMWARE: Meltdown and Spectre

Due to the new CPU bug, memory can be read by criminals, therefore update your OS and virtuel environments: Relevant Products VMware vSphere ESXi (ESXi) VMware Workstation Pro / Player (Workstation) excluded Workstation version 14 VMware Fusion Pro / Fusion (Fusion) excluded Fusion 10 Solution VMware vSphere 6.5: apply patch ESXi650-201712101-SG (released on Dec, 19th 2017) VMware vSphere 6.0: apply patch ESXi600-201711101-SG […]

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vCenter Server Appliance 6.5: 503 Service Unavailable

After I installed the 5100 build of vCenter Server Appliance 6.5, and ran with it for 1 month, I suddenly could not connect to the Web Interface anymore, all I got was this: “503 Service Unavailable (Failed to connect to endpoint: [N7Vmacore4Http20NamedPipeServiceSpecE:0x7f009c095810] _serverNamespace = / _isRedirect = false _pipeName =/var/run/vmware/vpxd-webserver-pipe)” This is due to a bug in the appliance with […]

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VMWARE Workstation 11 – Cannot start service and console gives “internal” error.

Suddenly when running VMWARE Workstation 11 on Windows 10, the VM’s would not start, when trying to start them they each give “internal error”. Looking in service manager, I found that the “VMWARE Workstation Server”-service was stopped, and could not start, giving the following error in event log:   Event id: 7024 “VMware Workstation Server %%4294967295” The fix was to […]

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vSphere 6.5: The new vCenter server appliance finally here – how to migrate!

VMWARE has just released vSphere 6.5 offering a lot of new and great features: vSphere 6.5 – Release Notes vSphere 6.5 – Whitepaper What’s new From my perspective, the biggest feature is the new “VMware vCenter Server 6.0 with an embedded VMware Platform Services Controller” The VCSA have been having a rough start in the early days, db errors and […]

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vSphere PowerCLI Script to automatically setup vCenter Alarm Email Notifications

Managing vCenter server, everybody knows it can be a pain setting up notifications. Luckily this guy did some great work, simplifying everything 🙂 It changes notifications, e-mail and repeat, once, frequency on the most used notifications – it tested this on vSphere 6, and it works great: Download: powercli_script_to_automatically_setup_vcenter_alarm_email.txt Source: https://fixingitpro.com/2012/07/09/powercli-script-to-automatically-setup-vcenter-alarm-email-notification/  

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