Unified Networking Lab – Connecting ESX VM to the Internet
Jan16

Unified Networking Lab – Connecting ESX VM to the Internet

KB ID 0001276 Dtd 16/01/17 Problem UNL is by far the coolest bit of kit I’ve got my hands on this year. I can run it in ESX, and connect to it from anywhere, so I don’t have to keep my labs on my laptop. But what if you want to connect your labs to a live network? Theres a great article here for the smaller versions of VMWare. If you’re lucky enough to have your own vSphere environment there’s a few more hoops...

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VMware ESXi 6.5 – Setting up ESX Time Sync via Web Client
Jan15

VMware ESXi 6.5 – Setting up ESX Time Sync via Web Client

KB ID 0001274 Dtd 15/01/17 Another guest post from Daniel Newton Problem Now that we have the web console instead of the VI client, and don’t have a windows machine anymore, it would be better to use the web console. Also, having your ESXi Server running the correct time/date is very important, before you follow this article I should suggest that by making sure the time is set in the ESX Servers BIOS, e.g. the internal clock is set...

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Upgrade vSphere vCenter Appliance to Version 6.5
Dec21

Upgrade vSphere vCenter Appliance to Version 6.5

KB ID 0001265 Dtd 20/12/16 Problem Here I’m upgrading from version 6.0 to 6.5, the process creates a new vCenter appliance, then migrates all your settings into it, finally it then shuts down the old appliance and brings up the new one. vCenter 6.5 Upgrade Paths From Version To Version 6.5 6.0.0 U2 Yes 6.0.0 U1 Yes 6.0.0 Yes 5.5 U3 Yes 5.5 U2 Yes 5.5 U1 Yes 5.5 Yes 5.1 U3 No 5.1 U2 No 5.1 U1 No 5.1 No 5.0 U3 No 5.0 U2 No 5.0 U1...

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VMware ESX – Enable ‘Embedded Host Client’
Aug16

VMware ESX – Enable ‘Embedded Host Client’

KB ID 0001231 Dtd 16/08/16 Problem Since ESX 6.0.0 Update 2 you’ve been able to use the Embedded Host Client in ESX. Which is great if (like me) you use a Mac because I don’t have to fire up a windows box to load the ‘Fat’ VI client anymore. What about older version of ESX? If you are running 5.5 (update3) or newer then you can install and use the Embedded Host Client. Why didnt you just upgrade to 6.0.0 Update...

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vSphere – ‘The Number of HA Heartbeat Datastores for this host is 0’
Jun06

vSphere – ‘The Number of HA Heartbeat Datastores for this host is 0’

KB ID 00011202 Dtd 06/06/16ProblemSeen after enabling HA on your vSphere ClusterHA Error: The number of heartbeat datastores for host is 0, which is less than required: 2orHA Error: The number of heartbeat datastores for host is 1, which is less than required: 2I had this on my test network today, and to be honest thats not really surprising because I don’t have any shared storage. Note: You can see the same error if your...

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VMware ESXi6  – Replacing the Default Certificates
May26

VMware ESXi6 – Replacing the Default Certificates

KB ID 0001195 Dtd 26/05/16ProblemThis is pretty much part two of the last article I wrote, so make sure you have the vCenter CA setup as a Sub CA of your Microsoft Certificate Services Deployment. See the following article;vSphere 6 vCenter Appliance – Replacing CertificatesNow we take the next step, and replace the certificates on the ESXi hosts.SolutionNote: Joining the ESXi Hosts to the domain is not essential, it just makes things...

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