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 [...]

9 12, 2015

vRealize Automation: Customization Of The Guest Operating System Error with Linux Blueprints

By |December 9th, 2015|vCAC, vCenter, Virtualization, vRA|0 Comments

A quick one this! Not strictly a vRealize Automation issue but..... Recently, I was creating some vRealize Automation blueprints for a customer and a couple of RedHat blueprints starting throwing up this error during the customisation phase: Customization of the guest operating system 'rhel5_64Guest' is not supported in this configuration. Microsoft Vista (TM) and Linux [...]

2 12, 2015

How To Resolve Issues Connecting vRealize Orchestrator To Hosted ServiceNow

By |December 2nd, 2015|Cloud, How To, Orchestrator, vCAC, Virtualization, vRA, vRO|2 Comments

On one of my vRealize Automation engagements, I was asked by my customer to integrate their vRealize Automation environment with their externally-hosted ServiceNow implementation. Now, this was a typical distributed environment and Orchestrator was buried deep inside a subnet, along with other servers within the deployment. Obviously, the machines talked to each other fine but for [...]

30 11, 2015

My New vSphere 6 Lab Cluster: Suggestions Please!

By |November 30th, 2015|Virtual Lab, Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

Whenever a new vSphere version comes out, I upgrade at least one of my clusters to it but when I get a chance, also install a new fresh one. So, the time has come for me to build a fresh vSphere 6 cluster. Normally, I just do an install with all the standard things done [...]

23 11, 2015

UK VMUG UserCon 2015: My Notes

By |November 23rd, 2015|Virtualization, VMUG|0 Comments

Update (14/12/2015): Videos have now been uploaded to the London VMUG shared drive so I've updated the post with links to the sessions. Like last year, I had a chance to attend UK VMUG UserCon 2015 this year too and looking at the line up, I simply couldn't miss the opportunity. As I am working [...]