Disable ATS Heartbeat
Mar22

Disable ATS Heartbeat

KB ID 0001529 Problem After ESX 5.5 Update 2, VMware added ATS Heartbeat.Some vendors, (like HPE SureStore and VSA) recommend that this is disabled. I can’t find any info about whether it’s safe to do this in production, so to be on the safe side I placed the hosts in maintenance mode first. Enter Maintenance Mode Use the following command; vim-cmd /hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter Disable ATS Heartbeat Use the following...

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Virtual SAN:  Suppress ‘Datastore Usage on Disk’ Alarm
Mar19

Virtual SAN: Suppress ‘Datastore Usage on Disk’ Alarm

KB ID 0001527 Problem While deploying a HPE StoreVirtual VSA this week. We noticed all the local Datastore were showing an ‘Alarm’. If you are unfamiliar with Virtual SANs, then you give all the LOCAL Storage to them, which then gets ‘aggregated’ and provided back to the host(s) as fault tolerant clustered storage, like so; Which is great, but the VMware hosts just see that their LOCAL Datastore(s) are full,...

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VMware ‘Disable DelayedAck’ Does Not Work?
Mar07

VMware ‘Disable DelayedAck’ Does Not Work?

KB ID 0001525 Problem I’ve got a client that’s been having some performance issues with their VMs. Their storage vendor, (EMC) said that as a result of finding this in the logs; B       02/28/19 09:50:53.953 scsitarg          117000e [INFO] System: iSCSI Logout Initiator Data: IP=192.168.200.161 Name=…-ec-21 Target Data: Port=2 Flags=0x00002002 Info=0x01200801 B       02/28/19 09:50:53.969 scsitarg          117000e...

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Manually Extracting VMware Tools Drivers
Feb19

Manually Extracting VMware Tools Drivers

KB ID 0001518 Problem If you want to get hold of the actual drivers from VMware tools, e.g. to have them in a machine that you will be deploying into VMware ESX/Workstation etc, then this is how to do it. Solution I’m using WinSCP to connect to one of my ESXi servers, (it’s free, and just works!) From the root directory locate vminages and open that. Tools-isoimages, (this might seem long-winded, but if you keep an eye on...

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Veeam: Restore / Migrate a VM to Azure
Jan28

Veeam: Restore / Migrate a VM to Azure

KB ID 0001511 Problem Veeam is both a great company, and backup and recovery is the best product in its class by a country mile, (yes Zerto is great but it costs a fortune!) With Backup and Recovery 9.5 Update 4. You can recover a VM straight into Azure, (and Azure Stack). Which pretty much means you can use Veeam to Migrate your VMs (or physical machines) from vCenter (or Hyper-V) into Azure/Azure Stack. You need to have a successful...

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Migrate a VM from vCenter to Azure
Jan27

Migrate a VM from vCenter to Azure

KB ID 0001510 Problem Last time we looked at migrating from vCenter to Hyper-V, now we will use the MVMC (Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter) to take a VMware (vCenter) virtual machine and convert/upload it to Microsoft Azure. Note: MVMC is not ‘officially’ supported and this procedure requires you to create some ‘legacy’ (for legacy in Azure read ‘classic’) ways of doing things. So this might not...

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