Category: vSphere

Jan 22

Error “Idm client exception: Error trying to join AD, error code [11]” when joining a VCSA to AD domain

This is not clear in the documentation, but if you receive the following error when adding your device to an Active Directory: Error “Idm client exception: Error trying to join AD, error code [11]” when joining a VCSA to AD domain  The root cause of this is because of incorrectly formatted entries in the details form. …

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Jan 10

Notes on securing Meltdown and Spectre

Now that the dust is slightly starting to settle It became clear to me that there’s an enormous amount of information and confusion out there. I have read a lot of websites in order to get a clear picture and being able to get all of my hosts and Virtual Machines patched. While not completely …

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Dec 29

Monitor storage for a Dell PERC H710 Mini on vSphere 6.5

So I managed to get myself some DELL R320 servers for the lab. Great servers, love that R3x0 series, they fit my needs perfectly. In previous R3xx series and vSphere versions using the “thick” vSphere client you could just monitor the storage (PERC H710 mini) and other hardware so that you could easily find out …

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Apr 09

VSAN is Great, but their Licensing Sucks

On April 1st I tweeted that VSAN Makes configuring your ESXi storage so easy, I only wish iSCSI was so simple, (controller issues not withstanding) — Tom Howarth (@tom_howarth) April 1, 2015 And I still stand by this remark. Building and configuring a New VSAN is simple, even if you have to spend most of …

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Mar 28

Remember Remember, Edit your Host Profile before applying.

Well today I remembered something, well to be truthful, I remembered it five minutes after moving my new hosts into maintenance mode, applying my newly created host profile from my reference host, filling in the network details for all the port groups and VMkernel groups and clicking finish. So what exactly did I remember? Well …

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May 23

End of General Support for vSphere 4.x

The 21st of May 2014 was a big day in the life of vSphere 4.x as it marked the official beginning of the end.  The product and its associated pieces are no longer under general support. this means that security fixes only from now on. Therefore if you have not started your upgrade plan now …

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Jul 17

Lets revisit vRAM

I was on a customer site today and was discussing the new HP Proliant 960 G7 server, when the conversation veered towards ESXi and vRAM licensing.  it quickly became apparent that my client was labouring under a misinterpretation, so I had to explain how vRAM worked.  I had thought that these issues had gone and …

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Jan 21

It is all a question about which path to take.

Planning storage is a simple thing,  you go to your Storage Admin’s and say, I need x amount of LUNs of this size please for my ESX servers and they NO, we only do xGB size LUN’s, or they breath thought their teeth like a motor mechanic or plumber and say, Storage doesn’t grow on …

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Jan 18

Possible bug in SRM installer

I have been playing in my lab with SRM, and forgot to create my DSN connection to the SRM database,  no worries I thought, the installation routine allows you to create on during the install. Well that is only half the story. Yes you can create your connection. but the install routine does not refresh …

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Oct 04

How-to run XenServer on top of vSphere

As most of the readers here know, vSphere is so powerful it is able to virtualise itself. What is even more amazing is that it is able to virtualise the competition. Yes that’s right, you can run XenServer on top of vSphere including running some nested guests, without any problems.  Below I’ll walk you through …

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