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…

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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…

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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…

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What ports (TCP and UDP) are required for remote access to ESXi with vSphere Client?

I manage a large number of ESXi hosts. These are at remote locations and it’s sometimes extremely difficult for me to gain access to the vSphere console unless we have a site-to-site VPN connection with the client. One of my recent challenges (hah) was remotely accessing and managing an ESXi console via port forwarding. So, even though it’s generally no problem finding information like this, I struggled finding the ports that pertain only to vSphere remote access. The other articles showed me way too much! So here it is! How to…

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