OVA / OVF  Deployment Gets Stuck ‘Validating’
Nov06

OVA / OVF Deployment Gets Stuck ‘Validating’

KB ID 0001664 Problem I had this problem (on sphere 6.7) the other day when trying to deploy some OVA files on my test network. Solution Well as stated elsewhere I tried reconnecting to my vCenter using its FQDN, this didn’t solve the problem, using Flash or HTML5 didn’t cure the problem either. What did cure the problem was using a different browser! I switched from IE to Chrome and it worked fine. Update: I Also cured...

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VMware: Find Connected ISO’s
Oct13

VMware: Find Connected ISO’s

KB ID 0001708 Problem If you want to search your VMware estate to find VMs that have connected CD/DVD ISO files, then here are your best two options; Option 1: Use PowerCLI Whilst connected to your virtual infrastructure (Connect-VIServer) issue the following command; Get-VM | FT Name, @{Label=”ISO file”; Expression = { ($_ | Get-CDDrive).ISOPath }} Option 2: Use PowerCLI If you don’t already have RVTools then get it...

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VMware: Cannot Resize a VMs Hard Drive?
Sep30

VMware: Cannot Resize a VMs Hard Drive?

KB ID 0001704 Problem One of the lads in support messaged me this week, he needed to raise the size of the hard drive on a VM, and the option was greyed out (not available).  Solution Now assuming you actually have the rights to do this, the problem is ‘nearly always’ that the ‘disk’ in question has an active snapshot on it. Remove your snapshots first. Now you can raise the size. Don’t forget: In your OS...

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PowerCLI: Get All Snapshot Information
Aug03

PowerCLI: Get All Snapshot Information

KB ID 0001690 Problem This was asked on EE today, and it was an interesting one so I wrote it up. How to locate all the Snapshots in your VMware virtual infrastructure, and see how much space they are taking. Solution Use the following PowerCLI; Get-Snapshot * | Select-Object -Property VM, Name, SizeGB, Children | Sort-Object -Property sizeGB -Descending | ft -AutoSize Related Articles, References, Credits, or External Links...

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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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