Intel CIM error after update/upgrade ESXi host

Intel CIM error after update/upgrade ESXi host

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 […]

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PSP rule for active/standby controller arrays (like Nimble Storage)

PSP rule for active/standby controller arrays (like Nimble Storage)

First, what does active/standby mean. For this blog post, it means the array hast at least 2 controllers, one presents ALL LUNs to the hosts, the second controller presents NO active LUNs path to the hosts. Just in case of a manual or automatic failover, the second controller takes-over ALL LUN-presentations – and active paths. Examples of such arrays are: [very old one] HP MSA 1000 HPE Nimble […]

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vCenter warning during guest quiescing for snapshots

vCenter warning during guest quiescing for snapshots

In an environment I saw this error when backup creates VMware snapshots of three VMs: Warning message on VM on host in datacenter. The guest OS has reported an error during quiescing. The error code was: 5. The error message was: ‘VssSyncStart’ operation failed. IDispatch error #8723 (0x80042413) Facts about the environment: Versions: ESXi version: 6.7.0, 13981272. Guest: Windows Server 2019. VMware tools: 10346 (10.3.10). […]

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Ramdisk full errors

These days I had a problem with full ESXi ramdisk. Running vdf -h shows tmp as 100% used. Furthermore there are a lot of errors in vmkernel.log like: VisorFSRam: 233: Cannot extend visorfs file /var/lib/vmware/hostd/journal/ because its ramdisk (root) is full. There are some other problems these hosts suffer from time to time: vSphere HA issus like master of cluster cannot be found/elected. Connection problems with […]

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simple linux Script to shut down VMs and ESXi host

simple linux Script to shut down VMs and ESXi host

Here is a very simple linux bash script to shut down all VMs of a ESXi host and the host itself, for example when a power failure occurs, this script can be used in UPS software. Some time ago a posted how to use such script in an HPE UPS environment. You can find the post here.

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4 ways to configure adv. settings in CLI

4 ways to configure adv. settings in CLI

There are a few CLI methods to configure advanced settings in ESXi Hosts. It depends on where you are (vMA/Linux, Windows Client, Console) and what you want to do (configure all hosts or just a specific host, …) which option fits best. Here I describe the options: native PowerCLI, esxcli (console), esxcli (get-esxcli), esxcli (get-esxcli -v2) to: List All settings All settings in a specific […]

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How PDL (Permanent Device Loss) looks like

How PDL (Permanent Device Loss) looks like

Some time ago differentiation between PDL (Permanent Device Loss) and APD (All Path Down) was introduced to vSphere. In a PDL situation, the hosts does not expect the device to return. PDL happens for example, when an administrator un-presents a LUN from a host. APD on the other hand is completely unplanned. By default the host tries to get the device back. Starting with vSphere […]

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Create PSP rule for HPE 3PAR

Create PSP rule for HPE 3PAR

There are a few best practices when implementing a 3PAR into a vSphere environment. One of these is the creation of a custom PSP-rule. With this set, all 3PAR volumes are automatically configured according to best practices when they get mounted. In this post I will show ways to create this rule.  [Update] Because HPE Primera uses same vendor and model description as 3PAR, the […]

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configure esxi shutdown in case of power loss (HP UPS)

configure esxi shutdown in case of power loss (HP UPS)

These steps are necessary to implement a graceful shutdown of an vSphere environment. For this scenario you need supportet HP UPSs for HP Power Protector.

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setting up snmp for esx hosts using esxcli

setting up snmp for esx hosts using esxcli

This post shows the commands need for configuring snmp for esxi hosts

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