vSphere

VMware vSphere VCSA 6.0 – 503 service unavailable via Web Client

I experienced this issue in my lab this week and it turned out to be that the vmware-psc-client service had not started on my external PSC. I realized this by first checking the logs on the VCSA: SSH to the VCSA and run cat /var/log/vmware/vpxd Notice how there is some error connecting to SSO? Try to connect to SSO VMOMI endpoint Since I am using an external PSC, I then SSHd into that and checked the services with service-control --status --all As you can see above, the vmware-psc-client was not running so I...
vSAN

VMware vSAN – Career changer?

Since starting my career in technology, I've always had a keen interest in virtualization. Over time, the virtualization of other datacenter objects has become more common and affordable. vSphere, Horizon View, NSX to name a couple have assisted with this. More recently vSAN has seen a lot of growth. Duncan Epping @DuncanYB, tweets about this growth periodically. The latest figures show 5000 vSAN customers which is a 200% growth year on year. What's interesting is that the growth looks to be increasing as customers gain more faith in the technology and VMware push out new features...
vSphere

Choosing the right CPU for your ESXi servers

When designing your Virtualization infrastructure, one very important consideration is to the processors that you spec your ESXi hypervisors with. I find that reviewing following points help with this challenge: Determine cost vs performance? What compatibility do you need? Are there any specific features that you require? Cost vs Performance You want the best performance for the lowest cost without jeopardizing any feature sets. How can we achieve this? Luckily there is a very useful website over at https://www.cpubenchmark.net They determine a "PassMark" per CPU which grades a CPU on performance, the higher the...
SRMvSphere

End of General Support for VMware vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 Products

As of the 24th August 2016 the following VMware products are officially "End of General Support" and will enter a 2 year period of "Technical Guidance" VMware vCenter Server 5.0 and 5.1 VMware ESXi 5.0 and 5.1 VMware vCenter Update Manager 5.0 and 5.1 VMware vSphere Replication 5.0 and 5.1 VMware Site Recovery Manager  5.0 and 5.1 VMware vSphere Data Protection VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.0 and 5.1 This means that even with a support agreement, VMware will no longer offer updates and upgrades, bug and security features of those products....
vSphere

When does VMware support end? (EOL for VMware Products)

Ever wondered when VMware stop supporting certain versions of vCenter Server / ESXi or in fact, any VMware product? Check out the VMware product lifecycle matrix here. Also review this page or the excerpt below for terminology General Support Phase The General Support phase begins on the date of general availability of a Major Release (“GA”) and lasts for a fixed duration. During the General Support phase, for customers who have purchased VMware support, VMware offers maintenance updates and upgrades, bug and security fixes, and technical assistance as per the...
vSphere

Failed to start the virtual machine – Missing VMDK descriptor file

When powering on a VM you may see entries similar to: Failed to start the virtual machine. Module DiskEarly power on failed. Cannot open the disk 'vm.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on. The system cannot find the file specified VMware ESX cannot find the virtual disk "vm.vmdk". Verify the path is valid and try again. If a VM fails to boot, the VMDK descriptor file can be removed by ESXi causing this issue. Once recreated the VM will boot successfully. This is the case right from...
SRM

Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.1 – Site Pairing Notes

If you think you have a problem where you are unable to pair SRM sites because of an SRM ID registration issue with vCenter server, see the below note: When pairing two SRM sites, select the Live site and click Pair Sites. On this screen remember that you are entering the PSC of the DR site. This could be an embedded PSC (Same as your VC/VCSA or an external PSC depending on your deployment)...
vSphere

Upgrading an Embedded VCSA PSC deployment to an External VCSA PSC deployment

This post if intended for those who have an Embedded PSC VCSA deployment and need to convert to an External PSC VCSA deployment. First, you need to upgrade your Embedded VCSA to at least 6.0 Update 1. Next, deploy a new External PSC Appliance (or Windows Server version if required) Set your Embedded PSC to replicate to the new External PSC. Re-point your VC to the new External PSC. You need to use the reconfigure option in the cmsso-util CLI: vcsa:~ # cmsso-util reconfigure Note that there is a big...
SRMvSphere

No VRM Server registered with vCenter Server for site (SRM 6.1)

When creating a protection group within SRM 6.1 for vSphere Replication 6.1  you get the following error: Resolution: Ensure you have at least 1 VM configured for vSphere Replication then make sure to check the date & times across all (Live and remote/DR) vSphere infrastructure components including: All vCenter servers / appliances All SRM servers (if different) All vSphere Replication Appliances There should be no mismatch between time on any of the components. You may find the underlying cause of the time mismatches to be that your Live and Remote DR ESXi hosts do not...
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