Homelab vSphere 6.7u3 experience

About 18 months ago I wrote a post on my experience upgrading my homelab from vSphere 6.5 to vSphere 6.7. Since that time it has had a few rebuilds and reconfigurations, been off for several months, been idle, been busy and generally just worked. The one constant though was the build of ESXi that I was using. It was always 6.7 GA. Having been switched off for some time, I brought it back up over the Christmas break after a long lunch with homelab hero @virtualhobbit. The point of this post is not the reasons why my…

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Do my ESXi hosts have the same VLANs?

In a small vSphere environment that I've recently been working on, I started to notice that some of my VMs were disappearing off the network from time to time. Reboots of the VM didn't seem to fix the issue but a quick vMotion of the VM to another host did. If you haven't figured it out yet, one of my hosts was missing a VLAN and VMs connected to a certain portgroup were affected whenever they ran on the host. vSphere will warn you if a host that you're trying to migrate a VM to doesn't have the right portgroup…

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Reset VM Stuck at 95%

I'm not convinced that this is supported, but it did work. As with anything on a blog, use at your own risk. I was working on rebuilding my home lab and wanted to clear down the host that my vCenter VM was sitting on. Before doing that I wanted to rescue some files from it (long story). For some reason it hung on me and wouldn't respond so I tried to reset it. This process got as far as 95% and then got stuck 🙁 One way to unstick such a VM is to SSH onto the hosts that it's running…

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Fixing "HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions" Issue

Having recently made a right old mess of my home lab, I set about building it from scratch over the weekend. Having installed some nice, fresh builds of ESXi 5.0 I started adding in my SATA disks and began to create VMFS datastores on the hosts. The first one worked ok. The second one didn't for some reason. I got an error part way through the “Add Storage” wizard. The error stack wasn't too helpful: Call “HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions” for object “datastoreSystem-9” on vCenter Server “svr-vcenter.vspecialist.co.uk” failed. I didn't…

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Bye, bye Service Console

This isn’t just another article about vSphere 5. It’s not my aim simply to rattle off a list of new and improved features. There are probably a plethora of those posts out there already, some better than others – use Google to find them. I was inspired to write this after I saw white paper linked to on Twitter about the differences between ESX and ESXi written by Global Knowledge. Actually it was the responses to that article that prompted me. Of all of the many changes announced today, it is the departure of the Service Console that is…

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ESX and ESXi AD Integration

If, like me, you make your ESX / ESXi server passwords nice and complex you end up having to dig them out of a password safe every time you want to connect directly to one of them. Or you have an SSH connection manager of some sort perhaps. Even then, there will come a time when you want to connect directly and that 16 character, random, mixed case password just isn't memorable enough for you to use it. Luckily if you're running vSphere 4.1 or later you can configure your hosts to use AD authentication. Hooray! Obviously there are security…

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ESX 3.5 U5

I mentioned ESX 3.5 Update 5 only yesterday in my post about VMtools on Windows 2008 R2. Little did I know that 16 hours later I'd be writing about it again to say that it had been released! The update can be downloaded from VMware's website as usual. Shamelessly copied from the release notes, here's what you can expect to have changed: Enablement of Intel Xeon Processor 3400 Series – Support for the Intel Xeon processor 3400 series has been added. Support includes Enhanced VMotion capabilities. For additional information on previous processor families supported by Enhanced VMotion, see Enhanced VMotion…

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ESX / ESXi 3.5 Update 4 Released

Yesterday, VMware announced the availability of ESX / ESXi 3.5 Update 4 (build number 153875). As usual you can view the release notes for all of the juicy details but in summary they are: Support for the Xeon processor 5500 series QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter Driver Update An updated version of the VMXNET driver (VMXNET enhanced) for Windows 2003 / XP Support for new Guest OSs: – SUSE Enterprise Desktop / Server 11 – Ubuntu Desktop / Server 8.10 – Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.0 Newly supported IO devices / Network Interfaces (see the release notes for a full list) A reasonable number…

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