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...
Dell EMCvSphere

HP, DELL and CISCO custom ESXi images

I see many questions on the VMTN regarding the use of custom ESXi ISO images released by the major server vendors. In short, always use the ESXi image supplied by the vendor. They contain supported drivers and management VIBs (Such as ILO management for HP) which VMware do not provide in the base image. The images are great for importing into Update Manager (VUM) to upgrade existing installations of ESXi. Always read the release notes from the vendor to ensure compatibility and suitability.   Latest vendor  images can be found...
vSANvSphere

VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 2 – Key features

It doesn’t seem long since update 1 was released for vSphere 6.0, however we now have update 2 and here are the key features in this upgrade: vSphere Web Client RSA SecurID and smart card support for authentication to the Web Client Official support for Windows 10 vCenter Server Microsoft SQL server 2012 SP3 and 2014 SP1 support for the vCenter Server database ESXi HTML5 “Host client” – This adds support for managing ESXi hosts directly via the web browser rather than via the vSphere client. vSAN vSAN 6.2 now supports all-flash deduplication...
vRealize

vRealize Operations Manager – Licensing misunderstanding

For those who get vROps included with their vSphere purchase (ie VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus) you might be assuming that you get the equivalent vROps licence. This is incorrect. You will only get vROps Standard regardless of whether you purchase Enterprise or Enterprise Plus vSphere licensing. For Advanced or Enterprise vROps you need a separate license key applied to the solution before you will get access to features either version, including dashboard and report management. For a comparison between the three different licensed versions of vROps see vRealize...
vSphere

System has paused replication: Disk added to VM (Hot-Add issue)

vSphere Replication is designed to pause when a new disk is added to a replicated VM. It is possible to reconfigure the job and either accept the new disk or remove it from the replication job. However some backup appliances use Hot-Add to backup Virtual Machines which means that vSphere Replication will keep pausing the replication of this VM as disks are added during each backup job. Below is an example of the error you will see in the Web Client There is no documented workaround to this error. In the case...
vSphere

VMware tool’s vShield Endpoint driver renamed

For those trying to install the vShield Endpoint VMCI driver via a manual VMware tools installation, you may notice that when installing VMware tools that "vShield Endpoint" is missing as one of the install options. As of an earlier update to vSphere 5.5 "vShield Endpoint" has been split into two new installation options: NSX File Introspection Driver aka vsepflt.sys NSX Network Introspection Driver aka vnetflt.sys This means that you can now install the file component without the Networking component and vice-versa. You run the VMware tools installer as usual and select one...
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