Enable SSH login to vCenter 6.5 in WebUI

Enabling vCenter SSH access from Web User Interface 1. Log in to WebUI 2. On the vSphere Web Client Home page, click System Configuration. 3. Under System Configuration, click Nodes. 4. Under Nodes, select a node and click the Manage tab. 5. Under Common, select Access and click Edit. (I already had SSH enabled) 6. Check the box for SSH and click OK to save the settings.

Read More

How to enable SNMP monitoring for VMWare ESXi 6.0/6.5

You can do a lot of configuration of ESXi through the GUI, but one thing I’ve found that you cannot do is configure SNMP. I can see in  the GUI that SNMP service is stopped, and that’s about it:   Even if you can manage to get the service started from the GUI, you’ll still have to set your community string somehow. I couldn’t exactly find a place to set that, so it’s off to the CLI we go. So here’s how to enable SNMP and configure the community string/firewall…

Read More

Install Dell OpenManage 8.5 VIB on ESXi 6.0/6.5

I recently wrote an article on installing OMSA 8.4 VIB on ESXi 6.5 and also installing OMSA 8.4 VIB on ESXi 5.5 — Sometime between then and now, Dell released OpenManage Server Administrator version 8.5 and a VIB for ESXi 6.0 and 6.5.   Here is how to download/install OMSA 8.5 VIB on ESXi 6.5 or ESXi 6.0. This is not available for earlier versions. 1. Download VIB VIB for ESXi Version OMSA Version VMware ESXi 6.5 OMSA 8.5 VMware ESXi 6.0 OMSA 8.5 Upload to Datastore   2. SSH to host You…

Read More

Download latest vSphere client installer directly from VMWare

Ever since vSphere 6.5 I’ve bee missing some parts of the vSphere client. I still use it over the web interface for some things such as iSCSI target mapping, port binding, and all those configs. If you, too, miss the vSphere clients, you can make sure you get the latest version from VMWare website, as you cannot get it directly from your host anymore. https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2089791 At the time of this writing, the latest update is VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 3. Here’s what is first in their list: VMware vSphere Client 6.0…

Read More

Upgrading/patching vCenter Server 6.5 to version 6.5.0b

With the release of vCenter 6.5.0b  comes a nest of improvements and fixes to the platform: HTML5 Client Updates vCenter SSO Issues Security Issues Bacukup Issues HA statistics bugfix To get your vCenter server updated to the latest, download the patch here: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search Select VC from the dropdown and look for VC-6.5.0b-Appliance Product:VC Version:6.5.0   Now, simply upload the ISO to your datastore and proceed with VMWare’s recommended steps. I performed the below over SSH: Attach VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.5300-5178943-patch-FP.iso file to vCenter Server Appliance. Go to command prompt and run the commands…

Read More

Install Dell iDRAC Service Module VIB v2.3 for ESXi 6.0

Today I’m working on a PowerEdge R430 which has been in it’s box way too long. There were some firmware updates, etc. but also no OS or anything. I took to installing Dell’s customized ESXi 6.0 U2 With the dell servers, they have a great offering of VIBs to help integrate their management services. For this server, I’ll be installing the Dell iDRAC Service Module on ESXi 6.0 U2 on a PowerEdge R430. The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) Service Module is a lightweight optional software application that can…

Read More

Install Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB on ESXi 6.5

My Dell PowerEdge R220 wasn’t showing me any stats about my server components inside vSphere, even with the Dell Customized ESXi 6.5 ISO. So I took to installing the OpenManage 8.4 VIB, similar to my 8.4 install on 5.5 First, I’m noting that there isn’t a release of the VIB for 6.5 that I can find, so I used Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB for ESXi 6.0 with success. — UPDATE 4/28/2017: Dell has released OMSA 8.5 and a VIB for ESXi 6.0-6.5. UPDATE 2/28/2017: The 6.5 VIB is available from Dell…

Read More

Converting VMware Workstation, Player, or Fusion VMDK to VMware Infrastructure VMDK

This week I was converting a bare-metal windows server into an ESXi host while preserving the original OS. I ran into some trouble because I saved the VMs to a UNC share instead of cloning it directly to a vSphere server. I copied the VMX and VMDK files output from VMWare converter to my ESXi datastore. It uploaded fine, but it wouldn’t boot.   Module DevicePowerOn power on failed. Unable to create virtual SCSI device for scsi0:0, ‘/vmfs/volumes/datastorename/VirtualMachineHome/VirtualMachineDisk.vmdk’ Failed to open disk scsi0:0: Unsupported and/or invalid disk type 7. Did you forget…

Read More

Install Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB on ESXi 5.5

I am provisioning a PowerEdge T320 which is running VMware vSphere 5.5 We have been recently deploying cloud or hyper-v based infrastructure. With that said, our ESXi docs were somewhat dated.   I have in my repository Dell OpenManage 7.4 VIBs OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-7.4.0-876.VIB-ESX55i_A00.zip As of 2017 you can get Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIBs ‘OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-8.4.0-2193.VIB-ESX55i_A00.zip’ for 5.5 and other versions here. SSH must be enabled on your hypervisor Upload the ZIP to your datastore Login via SSH to host Execute the installation Wait 2-5min (or until prompted) Reboot host To execute the installation:…

Read More

Cloning VMs in VMware vSphere ESXi without vCenter the right way

Sure, there are many ways to make a copy of an OS or VM and spin it up in another instance. But here is the proper way… with vSphere at least.   I’m assuming you already have basic knowledge of templating and wiping the system’s unique identifiers (sysprep for windows, etc) When  you have a VM crafted in the way that you like, with all the software installed or just simply up-to-date with Windows Updates and of course, past the installation. The proper way to clone a VM in my…

Read More