VMware vSphere: Adding NFS Storage
Mar13

VMware vSphere: Adding NFS Storage

KB ID 0001408 Problem If you have some NFS storage, and you want to use it as a Datastore in your VMware environment, this is the procedure to follow. Pre-Requisites I’m assuming you already have a network connection between your ESX servers and the NAS box, (i.e you have a VM Kernel NIC) on the same network. I’m also assuming you have the NFS setup correctly, in this example I’m using  a Buffalo NAS box. But you can...

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VMWare vCenter: Cant Remove ‘Orphaned’ VMs
Feb08

VMWare vCenter: Cant Remove ‘Orphaned’ VMs

KB ID 0001398 Problem I noticed I had a VM that was ‘Orphaned’ in my vCenter web console. It was not a production server or anything, I just wanted to delete it. However the option to Delete or Remove from Inventory was not available. Solution It turns out, you just need to ‘dig a little deeper’. All Virtual Infrastructure Action > More Uncategorized Actions > Remove from inventory. Related Articles,...

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VMware: Depreciated VFMS Volume(s) Found On This Host
Jan11

VMware: Depreciated VFMS Volume(s) Found On This Host

KB ID 0001383 Problem Well there is a bug on ESX version 6.0.0 that causes this error message, in my case the client had VFMS3 volumes. Depreciated VFMS volume(s) found on the host. Please consider upgrading volumes(s) to the latest version. That’s what was causing the error in my case! Solution I chose to simply update the VFMS3 volumes to VFMS5 > Right click the volume > Upgrade to VFMS5. Select the volume(s) > OK....

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vSphere – Adding iSCSI Storage
Dec14

vSphere – Adding iSCSI Storage

KB ID 0001378 Problem iSCSI storage is nice and cheap, so adding iSCSI storage to your virtual infrastructure is a common occurrence. I had to do this for a client this week to present an IBM Storagewize v3700 SAN into vSphere 6.5. It’s been so long, (i.e. back in the trusty FAT VMware client) that I did this so I thought I’d document it for next time. Solution Add a Software iSCSI Adaptor: Select the host > Configure...

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VMware: Windows VM – No Mouse & Cannot Install VMware Tools
Nov23

VMware: Windows VM – No Mouse & Cannot Install VMware Tools

KB ID 0001370 Problem Every time this happens to me I have a rant about it, and everyone looks perplexed, surely this does not only happen to me? Using ESX6.5 I build a new Windows VM, and theres no mouse, web client has nothing, try the VMRC then I get a mouse pointer, but it’s as responsive as trying to play chess with a firehose!  Once you install VMware tools it’s fine, but here’s the problem – try...

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VMware vSphere and ESXi – Create a ‘Logon Banner’
Sep12

VMware vSphere and ESXi – Create a ‘Logon Banner’

KB ID 0001346 Dtd 12/09/17 Problem Before you create your logon banner it’s important to understand; Where you want it to appear. What the underlying file is actually called (on ESXi). For access to the vSphere Web client (including the Flash client), the setting you want is ”Login Banner’ (Note: vCenter 6.0.Update2 or higher is required); Using this you CAN FORCE, (but you don’t have to) a user to tick...

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