Tag Archive: vSphere 5.5

VMware vSphere 5.5 End Of General Support

Just a quick blog post for those of you who might have missed it and are still running VMware vSphere 5.5 that it will be end of general support September 19, 2018. vSphere 5.5 was released September 22, 2013 so it has been around for almost 5 years when the general support ends. The same end …

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In Next Major vSphere Release VMware Plans to Deprecate……..

As you might have seen over the last couple of days VMware has announced that a few components and or features will be deprecated in the next major release of vSphere. The next release of vSphere will be a terminal release and the information in this blog post does not apply. vCenter Server for Windows …

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vSphere 6.0 Security Hardening Guide

Yesterday, 2015-06-15, VMware released the vSphere 6.0 security hardening guide. I know a lot of you have been waiting for this one so it’s nice that it’s now available. As usual, read through the doc (excel document) and find out the security hardening configuration required for your company and /or your customer. Download the vSphere 6.60 …

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ESXi host VMkernel.Boot.terminateVMOnPDL configuration using PowerCLI

I have already written a blog post about how you can configure the ESXi host  setting disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault in vSphere version 5.1. You can find that blog post here. I have received a couple of questions about how to configure the setting, called VMkernel.Boot.terminateVMOnPDL, in ESXi 5.5 so i decided to put together a blog post about it. …

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VMware stretched cluster and VM swap file placement

A few days ago i came across a VMware vSphere, version 5.5, stretched cluster implementation that caught my attention. Background My customer uses the following setup: 8 ESXi version 5.5 hosts. 4 placed in Datacenter01 and 4 placed in Datacenter02 2 Storage systems. 1 storage node placed in Datacenter01 and 1 storage node placed in Datacenter02 …

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Backup the virtual machine configuration file (.vmx) using PowerCLI

For those of you using a backup and restore solution based on a software backup and restore client installed in each virtual machine it is a good idea to secure the virtual machine configuration file, the .vmx file. Backing up the data from within the virtual machine is not enough for making a restore process …

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Determine the VMFS disk space a thin provisioned virtual machine disk consumes

I was asked by a customer the other day how to find out, using the ESXi command line, how much disk space a thin provisioned virtual machine disk consumes. Back in the ESX days you used the du command to query the virtual machine disk and in ESXi, version 5.5, you need to use the  stat command. Fot this …

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Backup vSphere vNetwork Distributed Switches using PowerCLI

A few weeks ago a customer asked me how to automate the export of the vSphere vNetwork Distributed Switches (VDS) configuration. Their existing routine included to make a manual export of the VDS configuration whenever a VDS change was implemented including adding or removing a VDS port group. In the vSphere Web Client you can …

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vCloud Director based virtual machine virtual hardware

Yesterday i received an email from a customer asking me why Virtual Machine (VM) VM version 10  was not available for his vCloud Director (vCD), version 5,5, based virtual machines. My customer was able to upgrade his vSphere based virtual machine to the most recent virtual hardware version and both types of VMs were hosted …

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ESXi host advanced settings

During every vSphere design and Health Check the vSphere advanced settings are being discussed and every once in a while i receive an email asking me what vSphere advanced settings i normally use and recommends. I know Duncan Epping wrote a blog post about when to use the vSphere advanced settings a while ago. In general i agree …

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ESXi host disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault configuration using PowerCLI

This section is updated since vSphere 5.5 was GA during VMworld 2013. From now on the configuration option has changed regarding two things: Name – It is now called VMkernel.Boot.terminateVMOnPDL and not Disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault Configuration – It is now an advanced ESXi configuration parameter and not a text string in the ESXi host file /etc/vmware/settings Continue reading if …

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