Tag Archive: ESXi 6

VMware ESXi – List Network Card Software Information

One of the things you need to check while doing network related troubleshooting is network card (NIC) driver, version and firmware. The command I have used for a long time do to dig up this information is ethtool. This works in most (can’t say all since I just don’t know) Linux based operating systems as well …

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Manage ESXi Routing Via Command Line Interface

There are certain key combinations and commands I find more difficult to remember than others. I wrote about Send F Key to VMware Fusion via MacBook Keyboard and the next in line is routing for ESXi. This is not something i do very often but It happens from time to time. I will not go into …

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Verify vMotion functionality using PowerCLI

One very important thing during any environment deployment or environment expansion is to verify it actually works as expected. It has been a while since my last script blog post but i wanted to share one PowerCLI script i put together a while ago to verify vSphere vMotion functionality. The script has been very handy …

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Change ESXi password complexity policy

The other week i was asked by a customer to change passwords for all service accounts in their environment and this includes but not limited to IPMI admin account, ESXi host root account, Nutanix Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) nutanix account vCenter Server administrator@vsphere.local account Based on existing customer password requirements for ESXi hosts, 16 characters including only …

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ESXi host disconnected from vCenter Server & the ESXi localcli command

Today i experienced an ESXi host, version 6.0 U1a, being disconnected from vCenter Server. I did try to connect direct to the ESXI host using the ESXi host embedded client, the vSphere Client and SSH without any success. The last attempt was to use the IPMI connection and that screen showed me the following: That is …

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Find ESXi installation date

Last week i received a question about howto find the VMware ESXi installation date. Actually nothing i have thought about before and my initial thought was to verify this via the date you receive when running the following command: esxcli software vib list | grep -i base I ran the above command in my home …

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ESXi Change Block Tracking patch released

Yesterday, 2015-11-25, VMware released a patch that will solve the ESXi 6.0 Change Block Tracking (CBT) problem where virtual machines backed up using CBT could experience the following problems: Inconsistent virtual machine backups The CBT API call QueryDiskChangedAreas() API call can sometimes return incorrect changed sectors, which results in inconsistent incremental virtual machine backups. The …

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VMworld Barcelona 2015 – Day 1 summary

Even though there was a lot of activity yesterday at VMworld as you can see via the schedule here i only participated, based on late Monday arrival, in the vExpert gathering held at Elephant Restaurant & Lounge Club Barcelona. It was a good event and i got the chance to catch up with quite a few people that …

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Heads Up! 3D graphics enabled on ESXi 6.0 U1 can cause PSOD

So this issues was brought to me by my former colleague Toni Lindberg meaning i have not seen this myself. However, i thought it was kind of critical so i wanted to share it with you. So Toni’s customer runs vSphere 6.0 U1 (upgraded from ESXi 6.0 GA with latest patches), Horizon View 6.1.1 and the …

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Upgrade to vSphere ESXi 6 via command line

The other day i had to upgrade my lab ESXi mgmt server from version 5.5 to 6.0 host via the command prompt and it’s actually pretty straight forward. I took the following steps to perform the upgrade: Download the latest ESXi version from the VMware website Log on to the ESXi server using SSH Verify running ESXi version …

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VMware ESXi 6.0.0b released

Yesterday, 2015-07-07, mwMware released a patch for their ESXi 6 and it’s called ESXi 6.0.0b. As always, evaluate if the fixes  included in a release is required for your environment and if it is the patch can be downloaded here. Some of the issues resolved in this release includes: NTP package updated Unable to monitor hardware status …

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vSphere 6.0 blog – Virtual Machine Virtual Hardware (vHW 11)

Another short blog post on the vSphere 6.0 theme. This one will describe the new features and the configuration options for the new virtual machine (VM) virtual hardware version 11 that comes with ESXi 6. Configuration 128 vCPUs 4 TB RAM to 12 TB RAM (depending on partner) 62 TB VMDK size ? (not yet …

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