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 Rather than simply documenting this which may get out of date if not maintained, I instead suggested we enable CDP advertising on the vSwitch level, in order for the network team to be able to obtain this information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

vSphere 6.7 U1 GA released! Release notes & downloads

VMware have finally bestowed upon us their latest release of vSphere 6.7 - Update 1! This brings with it some rather welcome new festures and quality-of-life tweaks: Migrate vCenter with Embedded PSC *between* vSphere domains, retaining data such as tags & licences. vCenter can provide relevant links to KB articles Burst filter to protect vCenter … Continue reading vSphere 6.7 U1 GA released! Release notes & downloads

CPU incompatible adding host to cluster after patching for Spectre/Meltdown

Interesting problem here. Customer was adding some new hosts to an existing cluster, but got this error: Move host into cluster The host's CPU hardware should support the cluster's current Enhanced vMotion Compatibility mode, but some of the necessary CPU features are missing from the host. Check the host's BIOS configuration to ensure that no … Continue reading CPU incompatible adding host to cluster after patching for Spectre/Meltdown