In this post I investigate what happens when a VMware vSphere ESXi host loses its boot device. This device is meant to be a persistent device. For non-persistent devices like USB- and SD-card, behavior is quite clear: whole ESXi OS runs in memory, no mass-write operations should be directed to the device. When it breaks, ESXi isn’t missing it and keeps running.
If you are working with Brocade respectively Broadcom Fibre Channel (FC) switches, you have probably had similar experiences as I have. Normally switches are running without any issues after setup. Sometimes firmware needs to be updated and zoning needs to be extended. Otherwise they just run. Last week I had the opposite experience. I saw very strange behavior caused by a full root partition on […]
These days I had to troubleshoot poor VMware vSphere SAN transport mode performance during backup with Veeam. Before SAN mode, NDB transport mode was used. NBD outperformed SAN mode totally!
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 […]
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.
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. […]
HPE InfoSight is a cloud based IT operations management platform which uses artificial intelligence (AI) for data/metric analysis. So it is able to proactively find issues in individual environments before they actually causes a problem. Currently it is possible to connect these HPE products to InfoSight: Nimble Storage, 3PAR/Primera Storage, SimpliVity HCI, Servers. This post shows how to add HPE servers to InfoSight. For this, […]
This post is about two cool and powerful products: VMware vRealize Operations Manger (vROPs) and HPE Primers/3PAR and how to combine them. This post includes current versions of both. Good and a bad news about costs: Bad first: vROPs free for a short period of time as trial. Good one: HPE Plug-In is free! Version 3.7 of HPE Storage Plug-ins for VMware is the first […]
It is not uncommon to get errors after a host update/upgrade you didn’t see before on the host. The following error could be seen as an example of errors with the same cause. The error I did an upgrade of a 6.5 host (installed with HPE ESXi image almost 2 years ago) to the latest HPE ESXi image of 6.7 U3. After final boot the […]