Determining Build Number and Version for ESXi via vSphere Web Client

June 21, 2017 Jordansphere ESXi

To determine the version and update your ESXi hosts are running, use the following method. It is assumed that vCenter is running in your environment.   First of all we need to get build number: Log in to the vCenter using the web client Click Hosts and Clusters -> {your vCenter} -> {your Datacenter} -> […]


Check the IP Address of iDRAC via ESXi Host

December 7, 2016 Jordansphere ESXi

Problem: Due to a disk failure I was trying to ascertain whether a partciular remote ESXi host had an iDRAC port and what the IP address was   Resolution: To find this: Click the host in question via vSphere Client -> Select Hardware Status -> The  expand the Baseboard Management Controller Sensor  


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VCNS 5.5 – Upgrade Failed. Root Fileystem Full

October 14, 2016 Jordansphere ESXi

When trying to upgrade VCNS 5.5.3 to 5.5.4 I was presented with this error: Message: Could not untar /common/em/downloads/image/image-vsm-vsm-5.5.4-2504419.img.dist   This suggested to me there was a partition full somwhere on the vShield Manager VM To check this: Open the console of the VSM VM. Default username/passwords are:  Username: admin Passowrd: default Enable: default #' show […]


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Failed to Initialize SSL Session to Remote Host 

July 22, 2016 Jordansphere ESXi

I had a miniature test lab consisting of 1 host and 1 vCenter 6.0 appliance. When I installed the VCSA on the host I was suddenly unable to connect to the console of the VMs I had previously created.   When I connected via the ESXi host I was presented with the following message: Unable to […]


Unable to Guest Customize Debian in vCloud Director 5.5

August 6, 2015 Jordansphere ESXi

  I deployed a Debian VM from the public catalogue. I then requested vCloud Director to give it an IP address from the Static IP Pool. This showed as being successful in the VCD portal but I could not ping the VM when it was powered on. I logged in via the console and the […]


Increase pRDM size on ESXi 5.5 and QNAP

June 15, 2015 Jordansphere ESXi

I have a physical RDM that I use for Veeam backups . This pRDM is located on a QNAP (firmware version 3.8.1) and connects as the B:/ drive on a windows 2008 R2 via iSCSI Please note the steps for expanding a vRDM are different. Please consult the VMware guides. First we need to expand the SAN storage. In […]


Single LUN Inactive on One Host

March 4, 2015 Jordansphere Equallogic

Scenario: I have 7 hosts connecting to an Equallogic Group (2 x 6000s). There are 3 LUNs visible to each host and locked down to specific ISCI IP range. ( eg All 6 hosts could see all 3 luns but one 1 host could only see 2 of the 3 LUNs available.  The protocol is […]


VM Still Working Despite Being Powered Off

February 13, 2015 Jordansphere ESXi

Host:     ESXi 5.0 OS:    FreeBSD I had been having trouble with a VM which suddenly stopped (Veeam) backing up due to an "NFC" error: "Processing {vm_name} Error: NFC server [{esxihost.domain.local] is busy.  Failed to retrieve next FILE_PUT message. File path: [[LUN3] {vm_name}/{vm_name}.vmx]. File pointer: [0]. File size: [3567]." Veeam requested I connect to the host directly and […]


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VM doesn’t migrate with Redeploy All VMs Command in vCloud Director

December 8, 2014 Jordansphere ESXi

Scenario:  I needed to reboot a host but a single VM was not migrated when I called the Redeploy VMs command in vCloud Director. It was if VCD didn’t recognise the VM as vSphere didn’t even attempt to move it off the host. First of all, here are the instruction to place an ESXi host managed by vCloud […]


Consolidate virtual machine disk files failed. Files Locked

October 15, 2014 Jordansphere ESXi

Nagios sent us an alert suggesting a virtual machine had a very high load. The OS itself looked fine and nothing appeared wrong with the server itself. Upon firing up vCenter I noticed that the virtual machine in question  needed consolidating. Looking at Veeam backups from last night it seemed the job had failed. When right clicking and consolidating […]


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