VMware Site Recovery Manager – Connection Error 503

A few days ago I was presented with a Site Recovery Manager 5.5.1 install that was not functioning. The problem was first noticed when trying to login to SRM via the vSphere C# Client Connection Error: Lost connection to SRM Server [Hostname:Port] The Server [Hostname] could not interpret the client’s request. (The remote server returned… Read More »

Category: SRM

VMware License Tracker Tool

Have a VMware license key? Want to check any of these details? License status Quantity Contract status Support level Upgrade history Login to the MyVmware portal and go to http://www.vmware.com/support/secure/tracksn.do?vmware=trackSN   Enter your licenses   View results   Select a license or contract for more detail  

VMware Fast Lane Support – Speak with support in seconds !

The MyVMware app by VMware gets you connected to support via phone in seconds for P1 support cases. You need the app installed and you must have a Business/Mission Critical support agreement. If you don’t have that level of support agreement, the app is still useful to review licenses and existing service requests. See the… Read More »

VMware Products End of General Support 2017

The following notable VMware products will reach end of general support in 2017. This generally means that you will no longer be able to log service requests, receive updates, upgrades, bug or security fixes. Access to the general VMware knowledgebase and VMTN forums will still be available. Product End of General Availability End of General Support… Read More »

VMware vSAN 6.5 & iSCSI Targets

It’s true that VMware vSAN is getting more feature rich on each release. One interesting new feature of vSAN 6.5 is the iSCSI target service. In a nutshell you can now create iSCSI targets and LUNs on vSAN storage and present them to servers external to the vSAN cluster. Note that you cannot connect vSAN… Read More »

Virtual Machine Encryption in vSphere 6.5 (Video)

After a bit of digging around, I finally found a really quick way to test out the new VM Encryption feature in vSphere 6.5 with thanks to William Lam. Note that this is not for production use. I’ve included a video below which shows you how to setup VM encryption in just a couple of… Read More »

vSphere Replication & Self Signed Certificates

This week I noticed that vSphere Replication had stopped working on both primary and secondary sites. I logged into the VAMI for both vSphere Replication appliances and noticed that the self signed certificates for had both expired. Closer inspection showed that on a default installation, the self signed certificates are only valid for 1 year.… Read More »

vSphere 6.5 Videos

vSphere 6.5 went GA on the 15th November 2016. Here are my videos covering basic installation to some of the more advanced topics. I’ll be adding more as time permits. VMware vSAN 6.5 iSCSI Configuration VMware vSphere VCSA 6 5 High Availability (vCenter High Availability) Install and failover Windows vCenter Server 5 5 Conversion to VCSA 6.5 including… Read More »