VMware announces remote exam testing!

VMware have announced that remote exam testing will be available from 20th April via Pearson Vue. This is for all exams except for lab based VCAP Deploy exams which will come at a later date. Remote exam testing involves all the same security checks as being at a test center. You show ID, take pictures … Continue reading VMware announces remote exam testing!

Consolidating disks – unable to access file since it is locked

Had a vm which had flagged up as requiring disk consolidation Attempting consolidation failed with the error ' Unable to access file since it is locked' The error stack showed the following : msg.fileio.lock Solution:Storage vMotion the disk to another data store and reattempt consolidation, this time it has cleared the locks and works. Nice … Continue reading Consolidating disks – unable to access file since it is locked

Module ‘MonitorLoop’ power on failed error – unable to power on vm

Came across this amazingly obtuse error today trying to deploy a new VM Module 'MonitorLoop' power on failed And was unable to power on the vm. I was surprised to find that despite the data store having some free space, this error actually indicates there is not enough space to inflate the Swap file (being … Continue reading Module ‘MonitorLoop’ power on failed error – unable to power on vm

vSphere 6.7 Update 3 released!

vSphere 6.7 Update 3 has now been released. Among the new features: Ability to change vCenter Server PNID/Hostname PNID (Primary Network IDentifier of vCenter Server) is the host name of a vCenter and 6.7 Update 3 now supports changing this post-deployment. This will be great news to anyone who has had to rename or change … Continue reading vSphere 6.7 Update 3 released!

Enable CDP advertising – help the network team help themselves!

A customer of mine requested help in documenting which switch ports were connected to ESXi hosts. Rather than simply documenting this which may get out of date if not maintained, I instead suggested we enable CDP advertising on the vSwitch level, in order for the network team to be able to obtain this information themselves … Continue reading Enable CDP advertising – help the network team help themselves!