Category Archives: Virtualization

Getting Started with PowerCLI for Linux (PowerCLI Core)

powerclicoreBased on Microsoft PowerShell Core which enables users to use PowerShell on Linux, Mac and Docker, VMware has started to make PowerCLI compatible with the new PowerShell. This allows to run scripts that were previously only available for Windows on Linux or Mac based systems.

In this post I am going to give a quick startup guide to the installation and configuration of PowerCLI Core.

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Get a Notification on VMware vSphere 6.5 GA Release Date

During VMworld Europe in Barcelona, VMware has announced the release of vSphere 6.5. However, that doesn’t state that actual ESXi 6.5 and vCenter 6.5 bits are available for download yet.

VMware vSphere 6.5 including Virtual SAN 6.5 and Virtual Volumes 2.0 are all expected to become available in Q4 2016. If you want to get notified immediately when vSphere 6.5 is available to download (GA), subscribe to my vTracker RSS Feed.

New Products are usually available within 1 hour after release. You can simply lookup if it has been released at the vTracker Website, or use your favorite RSS feeder to get an automated notification. The vTracker Website will also include download links.


#VMworld 2016 – Link Collection

vmworld2016Your link collection to VMworld 2016. VMworld is the global conference for virtualization and cloud computing. This page will be updated when new content arrives, so make sure to bookmark this page.

VMworld 2016 US (August 28 – September 1)
VMworld 2016 Europe (October 17 – 20)

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NSX 6.2.4 containing DFW and VMSA-2016-0007.2 fixes releasd

NSXVMware has released an update for their network virtualization platform NSX. The updated fixes the Distributed Firewall Issue that forced VMware to pull NSX 6.2.3 from distribution. This update also fixes the SSL-VPN Issue announced in Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0007.2 (CVE-2016-2079).

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vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 End of Support 2016-08-24

vsphere-5Today, 5 years after the release vSphere 5.0 and vSphere 5.1, end of support for both products has been reached and enters the technical guidance phase starts.

If not are not aware of the EOS, I encourage you to use my VMware Product End Of Support Countdown to keep an eye on EOS dates (It also supports ics based calendar reminders).

Currently, the only fully supported versions are

  • vSphere 5.5
  • vSphere 6.0

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vMA 6: Recover vi-admin Password and Remove Password Complexity

When you’ve installed the vSphere Management Assistant 6.0 (vMA) you very like came across its very strict password policy. With this requirements, the password recovery for vMAs is a common tasks. This post explains how to recover forgotten vMA passwords and how to use insecure, simple passwords for lab uses.vma-bad-password

Please provide a password for the vi-admin user.
BAD PASSWORD: to short
BAD PASSWORD: it is based on a dictionary word
BAD PASSWORD: is too simple
…Have exhausted maximum number of retries for service

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VMware NSX 6.2.3 has been pulled from distribution (DFW Issue)

Last week VMware warninghas silently removed the download for the latest version of VMware NSX. Today the Support Insider blog, which is a great resource for first-hand field experience, reported that the NSX for vSphere 6.2.3 release has been officially pulled.

VMware recommends to suspend updates until the replacement for NSX 6.2.3 is released.

How to Increase VCSA External PSC Disk Space in vSphere 6

The vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 uses the Linux Logical Volume Management (LVM) that allows you to dynamically increase the disk size of the vCenter Server disks. For the vCenter server itself the process to increase the capacity is well documented in KB2126276. When you have an external Platform Services Controller, the tool mentioned in the KB is missing. You can’t use “vpxd_servicecfg storage lvm autogrow” to increase the space automatically so you have to do it manually.

This post explains how to increase the disk space for an external platform service controller.

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ESXi 5.5 & 6.0 August 2016 Patch

VMware has published patches for ESXi 5.5 and 6.0:

VMware ESXi 5.5
Release date: August 4, 2016
Patch: ESXi550-201608001
Build: 4179633
Links: KB2144371 | Download

VMware ESXi 6.0
Release date: August 4, 2016
Patch: ESXi600-201608001
Build: 4192238
Links: KB2145667 | Download

Both patches are only available in the patch section, not as installable. A patch for vCenter Server 5.5 has also been released:


Which Intel NUC to buy for running ESXi? (August 2016)

I’m using Intel NUCs in my homelab since a couple of years and have helped many people to get their lab up and running. This post takes a look at the models that are currently available and makes some considerations which NUC to buy at the moment for specific use

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