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 Rather than simply documenting this which may get out of date if not maintained, I instead suggested we enable CDP advertising on the vSwitch level, in order for the network team to be able to obtain this information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

vCenter PSC converge tool now available for vCenter 6.5 with U2d

VMware is spreading some holiday cheer in the form of the latest update for vCenter 6.5 U2d. Buried in the release notes is: vCenter Server 6.5 Update 2d adds a CLI tool to convert instances of vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller into vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller connected in … Continue reading vCenter PSC converge tool now available for vCenter 6.5 with U2d

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

vCheck – Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel

Firstly, if you are not using vCheck in your vSphere environment, hop on over to Alan Renouf's blog where you will find vCheck - a community driven free set of PowerCLI vSphere environment checks that will generate a nice report (now with the new Clarity html5 client theme!) to be emailed out to you before … Continue reading vCheck – Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel

Poor performance of highly specced VMs – vNUMA!

The scenario:Database server with 10 vCPU and 192 GB ram Physical host with 2 sockets of 10 cores, 265GB RAM total Customer was reporting poor performance of their database server, an initial browse of the configuration seemed to show it had been configured well. Multiple paravirtual scsi adapters, enough CPU/RAM for the workload, storage performing … Continue reading Poor performance of highly specced VMs – vNUMA!