VMware: Export a VM to OVA With PowerCLI
Jan21

VMware: Export a VM to OVA With PowerCLI

KB ID 0001507 Problem It’s pretty easy to create an OVA/OVF from the vCenter Web console, but what about from Powershell / PowerCLI? Below I run though converting a 2008 x32 Windows server to OVA. Solution I’ll leave the web console in the background so you can see whats happening. From PowerCLI the first task is to connect to the vCenter. Connect-VIServer {vCenter-FQDN} Supply a username and password. Now remove any...

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VMware: ISO Upload or Deploy OVA Fails ‘Undetermined Reason’
Jan09

VMware: ISO Upload or Deploy OVA Fails ‘Undetermined Reason’

KB ID 0001499 Problem I see this a lot! Usually I assume I just need to change browser, here the error is in Chrome. You can see this if you attempt to upload an ISO file to a datastore, or attempt to deploy an OVF file. Error The operation failed for an undetermined reason. Typically this problem occurs due to certificates that the browser does not trust. If you are using self-signed or custom certificates, open the URL below in a...

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VMware Composer Install Fails
Jan09

VMware Composer Install Fails

KB ID 0001498 Problem While attempting to deploy VMware Composer, (in my case version 7) on a windows Server, (in my case 2016 Datacenter). This happened; Installation Failed The wizard was interrupted before VMware Horizon7 Composer could be completely installed. Your system has not been modified. To complete installation at another time please run setup again. Click Finish to exit the wizard. Annoyingly I know what it was straight...

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Upgrading vSphere ESXi Hosts (Including HP and Dell)
Dec07

Upgrading vSphere ESXi Hosts (Including HP and Dell)

KB ID 0001343 Problem Before you think about upgrading your hosts, you should upgrade your vCenter, Upgrade vSphere vCenter Appliance Assuming that’s all done, your task now is to upgrade your hosts, if you have a vanilla VMware ESXi version installed. You COULD simply SSH into the host, and execute the following commands; esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient esxcli software profile install -p...

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VMware: The OVF Descriptor is Not Available
Oct31

VMware: The OVF Descriptor is Not Available

KB ID 0001483 Problem I’ve seen this a couple of times now, and each time I’ve (wrongly) assumed that the OVA/OVF file I’ve downloaded is either corrupt, or it has some sort of problem. Failed to deploy OVF package. Cause: A general system error occurred: Transfer failed: The OVF descriptor is not available. Solution Redeploy the OVF file, but this time instead of selecting the Cluster, select A SPECIFIC HOST to...

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VMware Cannot Remove / Unmount an NFS Store
Oct20

VMware Cannot Remove / Unmount an NFS Store

KB ID 0001479 Problem After I had a datastore failure I needed to ‘unmount’ a datastore in my VMware 6.5 environment. But when I attempted to do so I got; The “Remote Datastore” operation failed for the entity with the following error message. The resource “Datastore-Name” is in use. Solution In use by what? Thanks for the assistance! Usually this happens because you have a VM with a VMDK in their...

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