Spectre & Meltdown Update

So it seems that the microcode patches released by VMware associated with their recent Security Advisory (VMSA-2018-0004) have been pulled.... https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/52345 So that's ESXi650-201801402-BG, ESXi600-201801402-BG, or ESXi550-201801401-BG. The microcode patch provided by Intel was buggy and there seems to be issues when VMs access the new speculative execution control mechanism (Haswell & Broadwell processors). However, I … Continue reading Spectre & Meltdown Update

vSphere 6.5 Product Interoperability – brain fade moment!

So it's probably worth reminding everyone that there are still VMware products that are not yet supported on vSphere 6.5! I unfortunately found out the hard way when I broke my work's demo environment (or at least half of it). Now even though I've blogged about compatibility issues previously eating too many mince pies and drinking … Continue reading vSphere 6.5 Product Interoperability – brain fade moment!

vCenter Server Appliance – filesystem out of space

So it's all happening this week with this upgrade/clean up of the MTI solution centre!! =) Upon finishing all the upgrades and reconfiguring vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager, I noticed the DR vCSA was a bit unresponsive.... taking ages to log into Web Client (sometimes it didn't even get that far) - signing into … Continue reading vCenter Server Appliance – filesystem out of space

Cannot connect to vCenter Server via vSphere Client – timeout

I've been upgrading my company's solution centre to vSphere/vCenter 6.0 update 2 the past week and noticed that I was having issues logging into the vCenter Server Appliances I had deployed. It was a strange issue because I could log into the Windows vCenter Server I had deployed in my primary cluster, but couldn't log into the … Continue reading Cannot connect to vCenter Server via vSphere Client – timeout

Modifying VMware Site Recovery Manager – Windows 2012 UAC error

I first came across this issue when helping a customer uninstall Site Recovery Manager last year and wanted to blog about it but because I was pretty busy it totally slipped my mind..... until today!! I've been cleaning up the Solution Centre at MTI and tried to uninstall SRM for a new build.... and came across … Continue reading Modifying VMware Site Recovery Manager – Windows 2012 UAC error

Installing vShield Endpoint (vCNS Mgr 5.5.4-3)

Very quick blog entry as I'm busy tying up loose ends before jetting off on my summer hols.... It's pretty easy to install vShield Endpoint as it's a wizard-based OVA deployment. I'm not going to step through the process as it's very simple (plus the install guide explains it very well). Once that's done log … Continue reading Installing vShield Endpoint (vCNS Mgr 5.5.4-3)

Known bug with upgrading vCSA via VAMI

So there's a known bug where upgrading vCSA via the VAMI freezes at 70%.... I was doing a mass upgrade of all my vCSAs in the demo environment at work, and all of them got stuck at 70%. After reading the Release Notes for 6.0U1b, it turns out it's a known issue: http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/60/vsphere-vcenter-server-60u1b-release-notes.html New In the … Continue reading Known bug with upgrading vCSA via VAMI

Shutdown/Startup order of the NSX for vSphere 6.x environment after a maintenance window or a power outage

VMware have just recently released a Knowledge Base Article that provides guidance in how NSX objects should be powered off or on during maintenance windows or power outages. If you're already using NSX, then have a read here: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2139067