#Check-HCL

PowerCLI Script to get ESXi Network/Storage Firmware and Driver Version

For a healthy vSphere virtualization infrastructure and to receive support from VMware it is important to verify that IO devices are listed in VMwares Compatibility Guide/Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) with their correct driver and firmware version. Gathering firmware details and comparing them to the HCL is very time-consuming. I made a small script that automatically gathers the following information:

  • IO Devices (NICs, HBAs and RAID Controllers)
  • Driver Version
  • Firmware Version
  • Official HCL Link

Read More »PowerCLI Script to get ESXi Network/Storage Firmware and Driver Version

VMware IO Devices HCL in JSON Format

For a healthy platform and to receive support from VMware it is important to verify that all IO devices are listed in VMwares Compatibility Guide or Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) with their correct driver and firmware version. The HCL is currently only provided as a website which is a problem for automated reports. Therefore I've transformed the VMwares IO Devices HCL into the JSON format, which works great in scripts. Here is the result:

Read More »VMware IO Devices HCL in JSON Format

VMware HCL in JSON Format News and PowerCLI Function

A few month ago I created a VMware HCL in JSON Format. This file should allow you to use the information provided by VMware in their HCL in an automated way. Recently I made some improvements to the JSON HCL and created a working PowerCLI function that can match about 80% of all systems.

Currently, the JSON files are generated every 2-3 days. I also created two filtered versions because the full HCL is very large and contains outdated information:Read More »VMware HCL in JSON Format News and PowerCLI Function

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

Read More »vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 End of Support 2016-08-24

vSphere 5.0 & 5.1 End of Support soon - Upgrade your ESXi Hosts

hcl-60You might be aware that General Support for VMware vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 ends in about 4 weeks at August 24th. If not, 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).

If you are not running on ESXi 5.5 or ESXi 6.0, it is time to upgrade now. Prior to upgrade, please check VMware Compatibility Guide (HCL) to verify that your server is supported for the targeted vSphere release.

Read More »vSphere 5.0 & 5.1 End of Support soon - Upgrade your ESXi Hosts

VMware HCL Check with PowerCLI (Proof of Concept)

Announced in my VMware HCL in JSON Format post a few days ago, here is now a working version of my script. The script does not create a fancy report at the moment, it just writes some output and the result. It's only intended to show that it actually works. Here is an example:

vmware-hcl-check-script

There are still some problems, but especially with HP, Dell or IBM Systems, it produces good results.

Read More »VMware HCL Check with PowerCLI (Proof of Concept)

VMware HCL in JSON Format

When you want to upgrade ESXi hosts, or just want do create health reports, you might want to verify that the system is listed in VMwares HCL. The HCL is currently only provided as website which might be a problem for automated reports. To make HCL checks, I've transformed the HCL into the JSON format, which works great in scripts. Here is the result:

vmware-hcl-json

Read More »VMware HCL in JSON Format