VSphere tip: removed VM from a datastore cluster but rules still applying to it

Found this issue last week and wanted to note it for future reference for myself (getting old and best way for me to remember as much as anyone:)). So removed a VM from one of our datastore clusters. Now this machine had an affinity rule applied to it which i wasn’t aware of. Interestingly found […]

VSphere 6.5 enhancement: VM secure boot support

Although theoretically possible in vSphere 6.0 VM secure boot support only officially supported with vSphere 6.5. Interesting thing with 6.5 is the range of improvements made in the security space with the hypervisor. Been good too that VMware have been listening to the user community in simplifying the adoption of a lot of these features. An […]

VMware tip: how to get assign a static IP address to

Recently came across an issue trying to assign a static IP address to an OVA file. Was going to post it on the VMware communities site but someone had raised a post asking same question. Turns out the fix is a little more involved than assigning one to an OVF file. Good VMWare discussions article […]

VMware cmd-line tips: how to perform host-related operations

Handy command i found on my travels – vicfg-hostops – http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/index.jsp#com.vmware.vcli.ref.doc/vicfg-hostops.html Nifty way to perform operations across all your hosts at the same time (though needless to say be careful too given its power!)  

ESXi tip: Recommended lockdown mode configurations

As you can probably guess by its name lockdown mode is used to increase the security of your ESXi hosts. When enabled no users other than vpxuser have permissions to logon nor can they perform activities against the host directly. Essentially forces all operations to be performed through vCenter. Enclosed is a handy table showing the recommended […]

Recommended settings for ESXi 6.x hosts in NetApp OnTap 8.x environment

  Important KB covering recommended updated set of settings relevant to vSphere 6.x environments. https://kb.netapp.com/support/index?page=content&id=1015266&locale=en_US  

Need to downgrade your ESXi version ? here’s how

Recently came across an issue on the VMware forums were user encountered numerous issues going to latest update on vSphere 6, reversion to the previous update resolved issue(corrupt driver). Was interested to see VMware’s approach to a reversion and found this KB: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1033604  

Getting “deprecated VMFS volume” message post vSphere 6 upgrade?

Recently upgraded my hosts to vSphere 6 – did notice I got the following message appearing post upgrade: “Deprecated VMFS volume(s) found on the host. Please consider upgrading volume(s) to the latest version” Did a quick scout in the hostd.log and sure enough a repeat message appeared. As was on the latest version was a […]

VCSA Tip: how to fix the “Error: VPXD must be stopped to perform this operation” message

Oftentimes will see the above message when working within the VCSA appliance and needing to carry out admin functions. To resolve: i) Logon to the console eg https:<appliancename:5480 and enter your administrator id and password ii) Click vCenter Server after logon iii) Click the Summary tab iv) Click on the Stop button to stop the server component If the above doesn’t […]