Category Archive: vCenter Server

Set VMware ESXi Date & Time Using esxcli

Yesterday, 2021-03-02, i ran into a problem where one ESXi server didn’t sync it’s time with the NTP server configured. It was lagging approximately 2h, 22min & 15sec. Current UTC was 07:51:55 when it should have been 10:13 The well known command esxcli is your friend if doing this via command line via SSH. trying …

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vCenter Server Services Fails To Start After Upgrade To 6.7 U2c

A while back I did a VMware vCenter Server upgrade, version 6.7 to version 6.7 U2c. The upgrade completed successfully but some services including e.g. vmware-vpxd didn’t start. Checking the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) I could see that quite a few services with Startup Type Automatic was not running and service “VMware vCenter-Services” …

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Upgrade VMware vCenter Server Appliance Via VAMI

If I’m not completely mistaken VMware introduced the Update vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) using the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) in vSphere 6.0 U1 but don’t hold that against me. Anyway this post will tell you how to go about performing the update which is really simple to do. Just follow the below process …

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Remediate ESXi Hosts Via vSphere Update Manager Not Working

After upgrading VMware vCenter Server to version 6.7 U2c I ran into a problem with vSphere Update Manager (VUM) when trying to both Check Compliance and Remediate ESXi hosts. After clicking the CHECK COMPLIANCE shown in the above figure I got error: “VMware vSphere Update Manager had an unknown error. Check the events and log …

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VMware vSphere 6.7 U3 Released

A few days ago, 2019-08-21, VMware released vSphere 6.7 Update 3. No specific Swedish related updated this time but there are a few quite interesting stuff anyway πŸ™‚ There are some new features and many resolved issues. New features includes: You can change Primary Network Identifier (PNID) of your vCenter Server Appliance. Includes changes to …

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Can’t Login To VMware vCenter Server 6.7

When nothing else is working – Reboot picture borrowed from cartoonstock.com just wanted to quickly share a really strange behaviour I ran in to yesterday, 2019-05-08, with a VMware vCenter Server version 6.7 U1b. I was not able to login to my vCenter Server via: SSH even though is was enabled The VMware Appliance Management …

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VMware vSphere 6.7 U2 Released

Yesterday, 2019-04-11, VMware release an updated to VMware vSphere 6.7 meaning the latest and greatest release is now VMware vSphere 6.7. U2 and finally the following important functionality is added…. vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 adds support for a Swedish keyboard in the vSphere Client and VMware Host Client Now on to the other less …

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VMware vCenter Server 6.7 U1b Released

Almost exactly 3 months after VMware released vSphere 6.7 U1 an update for vCenter Server, version 6.7 U1b, had been released as of 2019-01-18. This is a bug fix release and includes some critical fixes, including e.g:  If you remove a Virtual Machine (VM) folder from the inventory using the vSphere Client, formerly known as the …

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VMware vSphere 6.7 U1 Released

Yesterday, 2018-10-16, VMware released vSphere 6.7 U1 which includes updates for their two most famous products: ESXi vCenter Server There are a lot of resolved issues in this release and some nice new features as well: New features that are relevant to quite a few of my existing customers are included in number 1-6 below: …

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VMware vCenter Server 6.7.0c Released

Three days ago, 2018-07-26, VMware released a patch to vCenter Server 6.7 meaning the newest release is now 6.7.0c. There are no new features included but a few resolved issues that I have seen in the field which is good: A vCenter Server Appliance using DNSSEC enabled DNS server might fail to upgrade vSphere Update …

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VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U2 & ESXi 6.5 U2 Released

Yesterday, 2018-05-03, VMware released an update to vSphere 6.5 meaning the latest release is now vSphere 6.5 Update 2. This is little more than two weeks since the vSphere 6.7 release and some features from vSphere 6.7 are backported to 6.5 U2. The most important things is vCenter Server single instance solution meaning no more …

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VMware vSphere 6.7 Released

Two days ago, 2018-04-17, VMware released a new version of vSphere meaning the latest and greatest version is now 6.7. The core of VMware vSphere is and has always been the management tool vCenter Server and the hypervisor ESXi (which was ESX initially). The best enhancement in the VMware vCenter Server 6.7 release is that …

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Migrate Windows vCenter Server 6.0 to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5

AΒ few weeks back I did my first production environment migration of VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Windows version to vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5. I have tested this in customer lab and in my home lab before so it was not a new experience. Since the source vCenter Server used an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC) …

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Backup vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 Using PowerShell

A few days ago I was asked to create a Β VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) version 6.5 script using PowerCli. The request was to take a daily backup and send it to a FTPS location in a separate folder per backup. I found that Brian Graf has put together VCSA backup function which was really …

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VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U1 & ESXi 6.5 U1 Released

Yesterday, 2017-07-27, VMware released an update to vSphere 6.5 meaning the latest release is now vSphere 6.5 Update 1. The release includes quite a few driver updates for ESXi and vCenter Server got a few new enhancements & features which I know a few of my customers have been waiting for such as: External database …

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List VMware ESXi vMotion Enabled VMkernel Interfaces Using PowerCLI

A while back during a troubleshooting exercise I created a script to list ESXi host VMKernel Interfaces (vmk) with vMotion enabled since some of the ESXi hosts had vMotion enabled on multiple interfaces. The below information is included per ESXi hosts in the script output CSV file: VMHost – ESXi host Name IP – IP …

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