Category: VMware

VMWARE: VCSA 6.5 resetting update manager database

Martin 10/01/2018

When triyng to scan og remediate hosts, you may get errors saying that hosts cannot be updated in the event log, but nothing more, a quick and easy fix is to reset the update manage db and the patch store: Cautions: The following is a destructive task. Ensure you have working backups and/or snapshots of the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 before proceeding. Connect to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 via SSH Run the shell command to switch… VMWARE: VCSA 6.5 resetting update manager database

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

Martin 10/01/2018

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 <module> main() File “/usr/lib/vmware/bootloader-installer/install-bootloader”, line 208, in main if isInstaller(): File “/usr/lib/vmware/bootloader-installer/install-bootloader”, line 199, in… VMWARE: Cannot update host with ESXCLI due to error OSError: [Errno 28] No space left on device

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VMWARE: Meltdown and Spectre

Martin 09/01/2018

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 VMware vSphere 5.5: apply patch ESXi550-201709101-SG (this patch has remediation against CVE-2017-5715 but not against… VMWARE: Meltdown and Spectre

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vCenter Server Appliance 6.5: 503 Service Unavailable

Martin 03/04/2017

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 duplicate entries in the postgres database, to get the info you need, login to the… vCenter Server Appliance 6.5: 503 Service Unavailable

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

Martin 08/03/2017

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 delete this file in “c:\programdata\vmware\hostd” Thanks to the VMWARE Community for posting this solution.

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

Martin 21/11/2016

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 unresponsiveness, and most of all, the lack of Update Manager, but as of now, things… vSphere 6.5: The new vCenter server appliance finally here – how to migrate!

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vSphere PowerCLI Script to automatically setup vCenter Alarm Email Notifications

Martin 04/09/2016

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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VEEAM: ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 6 breaks CBT and InstantVM recovery!

Martin 21/06/2016

Here we go again! VMWARE has released ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 6: Link This apparently breaks CBT, under the following conditions: Only VMs with Operating System Server 2008 or newer (Linux VMs are unaffected.) All HW Versions (7, 8, 9, 10 and 11) and all VMware tools versions are affected The issue occurs with both thick and thin provisioned disks. The issue only occurs when the backup software uses quiesced snapshots, and it is enabled in… VEEAM: ESXi 6.0 Express Patch 6 breaks CBT and InstantVM recovery!

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VMware ESXi 6.0.0 Update 2 released

Martin 17/03/2016

VMWARE has released update 2 for ESXI 6.0.0 This new update, has to cool new features: High Ethernet Link Speed: ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds. VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is an HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts. It can be used to perform administrative tasks to manage host resources, such as virtual machines, networking, and storage. The… VMware ESXi 6.0.0 Update 2 released

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Windows virtual machine event log reports the error: Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued

Martin 13/01/2016

Had theese errors at a server the other day, it ended with the server rebooted unexspectedly: Found that VMWARE released this KB article: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2063346 Telling to go update the LSI_SAS driver in Windows. I found the driver at the Avagotech page here, though it was a little hard to find  (Released 13/6-2011): http://docs.avagotech.com/docs/12349541 Just update the LSI SAS 3000 controller in Windows with this, and you’re good to go 🙂

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