17 12, 2015

vSphere 6: All Shared Datastores Failed On The Host Error

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:00+00:00 December 17th, 2015|vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere|8 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 [...]

2 02, 2015

vSphere 6: VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA): Design Decisions

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:01+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|vCenter, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|6 Comments

We all know the pains that vSphere Certificate management presents us with. While VMware's Certificate Administration tool has made life a bit simpler, it is still quite a chore to generate requests, get the certificates (in the right format) and installing it in the right order. It was also quite a bit of work to [...]

16 12, 2014

ESXi Time Configuration: Don’t point it towards the Windows Domain name

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:02+00:00 December 16th, 2014|ESX, vCenter, Virtual Lab, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|2 Comments

A client asked me what happens if ESXi servers are pointed towards the Windows domain name in “Time Configuration” and one or more domain controllers are not contactable. While I had a theory, I realised I have never tested what actually happens and what is the failure process. I have seen many environments where using [...]

20 06, 2014

My New Dual-Xeon Based Nested Home Lab Machine – Part II

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:03+00:00 June 20th, 2014|Hardware, How To, Virtual Lab, Workstation|8 Comments

In the previous post, I explained the need for a new machine in my home lab and the considerations before buying appropriate components to build one. In this post, I will look at the "Physical Decision Points" and the "Bill of Materials" (read "damage") for those components. So, without further ado, let's start: Physical Decision [...]