26 04, 2016

A New Journey to the Cloud

By |April 26th, 2016|General|2 Comments

At the beginning of last year, I decided to become an independent contractor, so that I could be available for my parents whenever they needed me. That worked out quite well financially, allowing me to take time off when required. Being able to pick the kind of assignments I wanted also helped me enjoy them [...]

30 03, 2016

VSAN Health Service Plugin Configuration Button Not Visible

By |March 30th, 2016|Virtualization, VMware, VSAN|0 Comments

I know VSAN 6.2 is out now and may not have this issue but for the rest... Recently, I was deploying a VSAN 6.1 cluster in my lab. When I went to configure the Health Service Plugin, the "Edit settings..." button wasn't there! Hovering above the area where the button is supposed to be, did [...]

29 03, 2016

VMware Workstation: Error on Power On: Failed to lock the file

By |March 29th, 2016|Virtualization, Workstation|0 Comments

A quick one this: After recovering from a hung VMware Workstation host, I was booting up the virtual machines and on one of them, I saw the following error: Failed to lock the file. Cannot open the disk <disk name> or one of the snapshot disks it depends on. Module DiskEarly power on failed. Failed [...]

9 02, 2016

Zeal : Offline API Doc Repository And How To Integrate With Sublime Text

By |February 9th, 2016|How To, Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

Recently, I was looking at an old post by William Lam did on Dash; an offline documentation browser which is very useful for holding offline copies of vSphere and other APIs. As automation of all things picks up momentum, there is every chance that sooner or later, you'll find the need to keep offline but updated [...]

5 02, 2016

vExpert 2016: Thank You!

By |February 5th, 2016|General, VMware|2 Comments

Back in 2012, I joined Xtravirt. One of my colleagues was Darren Woollard (who works at Nutanix now). He knew that I had been blogging for a few years so while putting his vExpert application in, he asked me if I had ever applied for it. I didn't even know that mere mortals like me can become vExperts [...]

28 01, 2016

Ravello Systems’ Smart Labs: Great for Dev, Test and Demos

By |January 28th, 2016|Ravello, Virtualization|0 Comments

Last year, when I heard that Ravello Systems are offering free access to vExperts, I was amazed at the offer. https://twitter.com/AtherBeg/status/611730991963598849 Even though I have a fairly good sized lab in my study, there are many times when I want to play with some cool new technology but don't have the time or expertise to [...]

12 01, 2016

vSphere Update Manager: Scan (And Service) Failing At 4%

By |January 12th, 2016|vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere, VUM|0 Comments

Recently, I thought I should patch one of my vSphere clusters using VMware Update Manager so I started to do a "Scan" for the cluster. However, the process failed soon after starting. The first thing I noticed was that the "VMware vSphere Update Manager" service was going down with it. VMware vSphere Update Manager had an [...]

5 01, 2016

vSphere Update Manager 6 Update 1: An Internal Error Has Occurred – Error #1009

By |January 5th, 2016|vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere, VUM|0 Comments

Immediately after installing vSphere Update Manager 6 Update 1 (from the vCenter for Windows ISO), I went into the Web Client to do initial configuration. However, when I went into "Download Settings", there were no default download sources listed. That was strange but when I clicked the "Edit..." button (to see what the problem might be), [...]

17 12, 2015

vSphere 6: All Shared Datastores Failed On The Host Error

By |December 17th, 2015|vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

While adding a couple of datastores to a newly-built vSphere 6 cluster recently, the following error message came up: All shared datastores failed on the host <hostname> Everything seemed normal and I hadn't done anything different. Plus, the datastores were actually visible and operational so it seemed like a false positive. I did a couple [...]

15 12, 2015

vSphere 6: Start Time Error (70034) When Adding ESXi Hosts

By |December 15th, 2015|vCenter, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|0 Comments

When adding an ESXi host to a cluster, you might see this error: A general system error occured: Unable to get signed certificate for host <your host>. Error: Start Time Error (70034). You are more likely to see this in a lab environment but may also see it in production, if you have just generated [...]