VMware Converter ‘A file I/O Error Occurred’
Jul20

VMware Converter ‘A file I/O Error Occurred’

KB ID 0001688 Problem It seems every time I use VMware Converter, there’s some new error that jumps up and makes me stumble! Yesterday the problem was; FAILED: A file I/O error occurred while accessing Solution Some searching told me this is actually a DNS problem, (where the converter could not resolve the DNS name of the machine being converted). BUT I had put the FQDN directly into this machines ‘hosts file’ so I...

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vSphere: Get ESX Server Serial Numbers
Apr20

vSphere: Get ESX Server Serial Numbers

KB ID 0001670 Problem A few weeks ago I needed to sort out some extended warranty for a customers servers. To do that  I needed the serial numbers of those servers, (a mixture of IBM/Lenovo and Dell Servers). As I didn’t fancy a drive to two different datacenters, I wanted to try and get them programatically. Solution After some searching I came across a post by one of my old EE buddies LucD with exactly what I needed. I’m...

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VMware Edge Gateway VPN to Cisco ASA
Feb18

VMware Edge Gateway VPN to Cisco ASA

KB ID 0001658 Problem I was asked to setup a VPN to help out a colleague this week. When I had a look, one end turned out to be an Edge Gateway, I wasn’t that concerned, I’d done similar things in my prior role, I just didn’t have access to the vCloud or VMware at this datacenter. Depite my best efforts on the ASA, the tunnel refused to come up, it took a little looking ‘under the covers’ to accurately...

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DHCP Scope: Full of BAD_ADDRESS Entries
Feb05

DHCP Scope: Full of BAD_ADDRESS Entries

KB ID 0001651 Problem I had a client machine struggling to get an DHCP address, and when I looked in DHCP the scope it was full of this; BAD_ADDRESS This address Is Already in Use Solution A tour of Google and forums is full of posts by people with this problem, and other than, ‘Oh I looked in the logs and fixed it’ (with no mention of what log, or where this log was), or ‘Yeah I used Wireshark and located a problem...

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vSphere HTML5 Web Client – Disable the Console Timeout
Jan30

vSphere HTML5 Web Client – Disable the Console Timeout

KB ID 0001118  Problem One annoying thing about the vSphere web client is the fact it throws you out after a period of inactivity. Now I know there are straight forward security reasons for this, and on a production environment thats fine. But on my test network theres just me, sighing every few minutes and logging back in again. As the ‘Flash’ client is getting depreciated I’ll concentrate on the HTML5 client, but...

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Resizing (Shrinking) Drives With VMware Standalone Converter
Jan17

Resizing (Shrinking) Drives With VMware Standalone Converter

KB ID 0000185 Problem Using: vSphere 6.7 and VMware Standalone Converter Version 6.2.0 I’m performing this procedure on vSphere 6.7, back ith the release of vSphere 5, This process changed, with vSphere 4 and VI3, you had to install VMware Converter on the vCenter Server then download and enable the plugin in your VI client software (like this). VMware now only has the “standalone converter”, so now you DONT install...

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