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 2? Well my second host...

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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 ‚Äď 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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vSphere 6 vCenter Appliance – Replacing Certificates
May25

vSphere 6 vCenter Appliance – Replacing Certificates

KB ID 0001194 Dtd 25/05/16ProblemIn vSphere 5 and earlier versions this was not a 'fun' job at all, many times I sat down to do it, and lost the will to live. Now there's a nice new tool built into vCenter that does 'most' of the hard work for you. Here I'm using the vCenter appliance but the tool is also available on the Windows version.For my certificates I'm using Microsoft Certificate Services. I'm going to issue a 'Subordinate...

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VMware Upgrading the vSphere Virtual Center Appliance
May25

VMware Upgrading the vSphere Virtual Center Appliance

KB ID 0001193 Dtd 25/05/16ProblemI had a vCenter 6.0.0.1 appliance on my test network and wanted to update it to version 6.0.0.2. But I didn't want to reinstall the whole thing from scratch. SolutionLet's assume it's going to go wrong! Take a snapshot off the appliance first.Go to the patch update site and get the latest patch for your version of vCenter.Upload the ISO file into your vSphere storage, and present it to your vCenter...

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Applying and Assigning vSphere / ESXi6 Licences
Feb04

Applying and Assigning vSphere / ESXi6 Licences

KB ID 0001153¬†Dtd 04/02/16 Problem I’ve used the old VI client since version 3, so getting to grips with the vShpere web client has been fun. (I know it’s been out for ages, but I don’t like it sorry!) After rebuilding my test server to ESX 6 and deploying a new vCenter appliance, I was getting the usual nag messages about licensing etc. So I went to install the licences, that’s pretty easy, you can do that...

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