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 Rather than simply documenting this which may get out of date if not maintained, I instead suggested we enable CDP advertising on the vSwitch level, in order for the network team to be able to obtain this information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!

Unable to delete datastore – filesystem is busy

I had noticed that a customer had been building ESXi hosts but the local datastore on the host was being created as vmfs5 instead of vmfs6. No problem - just delete the local datastore, assuming no VMs have been built on it, and recreate as vmfs6 right? not so simple. Attempting to delete the datastore … Continue reading Unable to delete datastore – filesystem is busy