These days I had to troubleshoot a problem with system time within a VMware vSphere VM. During backup VM freezes for more than 30 seconds. When this happens, system time in VM also stops and resets to current time after the freeze. And this behavior causes massive problems in the application-layer. During troubleshooting we found a very slow VM snapshot deletion on NFS volumes on […]
This post shows three ways to analyse ReFS space savings with Block cloning. And because Veeam Backup&Replication uses this feature massively, I use this backup solution as an example here.
I was troubleshooting storage related problems at a customer site for some time. We run into massive ESXi storage connection problems after installing a new array. Interestingly enough problems occurred on already existing storage a few hours after new array was installed. Because searching for root cause took some time, I thought it is worth to share.
I am in the middle of a troubleshooting scenario. It is about connection problems from ESXi hosts to their storage devices. Normally everything works fine but at from time to time, there are tons of errors on HBAs in hosts. Therefor I want to watch HBA errors in ESXi hosts with PowerCLI.
These days I had to troubleshoot a problem in a vCenter environment. A few VMs shown with absolute path to vmx file in vCenter inventory. Normally this occurs when a ESXi boots with no connection to its previous mounted storage volumes. VMs located on these volumes are shown like this in inventory. But this wasn’t the case here: VMs were running and no host was […]
These days I had to update a ESXi host using vCenter Update Manager (VUM). Environment is managed by a vCenter 6.7 appliance with embedded VUM. The host I got the error is managed by vCenter but not member of any cluster. After attaching a upgrade-baseline and running the compatibility check, I got the error that vCenter Update Manager cannot copy files to the host.
Recently I had to troubleshoot a Veeam Backup & Replication (B&R) problem. There the question popped up which are the running Veeam jobs at point or period of time. The GUI is not a big help to answer this question. Therefore I wrote a small script that show these jobs.
Recently we had to troubleshoot rather high storage latency at a customer site. The environment consists of Hyper-V hosts connecting to 3PAR arrays via iSCSI. 3PAR arrays are all-flash arrays (AFA). I know such problems in vSphere environments too. There higher storage latency can be caused by delayed acknowledgement (DelAck). Read more about this issue and how to configure DelAck on vSphere ESXi hosts here. […]
When a VM is rebooted in OS, it keeps powered on at ESXi host during the whole boot process. Sometime it would be very useful when a OS reboot triggers a cold boot. In this post I show how to cold boot VM by guest reboot. Cold boot is like to power cycle a computer. A VM needs to get through a power off state […]
Most often installing PowerCLI is no problem. Sometimes there is a PowerShell error when accessing PowerShell gallery. Like now: Just wanted to install PowerCLI onto a new Windows 10. When running the command find-module vmware* I get this error(s): Fortunately I found a solution quickly here. Problem is related to security protocols used in PowerShell. Check current protocols by running: My Windows 10 showed this […]