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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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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Fix: VMRC Installation Windows 10 Pro error: failed to install the hcmon driver

I kept getting this error when I was installing the VMWare Remote Console: Failed to install the hcmon driver and then the installer would exit. To get around this, I launched an elevated command prompt and executed the installer through the shell. — Search for cmd in your start menu and right click it. Run as administrator. Accept the UAC prompt and change to the directory that has your VMRC installer.  

This will execute the installer with elevated privileges so you can install the hcmon driver without error.

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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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