18 10, 2016

What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Security

By | 2016-12-11T15:24:59+00:00 October 18th, 2016|vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

VMware has stated this vision to deliver: Comprehensive Security with End to End Datacenter Protection in a way that makes security easy to manage We all know that corners are cut with security when controls are too difficult and cumbersome to implement. If made simple and easy, there's a greater chance of achieving end-to-end security for [...]

18 10, 2016

What’s New in vSphere 6.5

By | 2016-12-11T15:24:59+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Uncategorized, vCenter, VMworld, vSphere|1 Comment

vSphere 6 brought a huge number of changes upon release. They not only included changes to it's architecture but there great new features as well that made vSphere Architects very excited. That was about a year and a half ago and so a major update was due. Enter vSphere 6.5: It introduces so many new features [...]

18 10, 2016

What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Availability and Performance

By | 2016-12-11T15:24:59+00:00 October 18th, 2016|vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

You're going to love this. Availability and Performance features have always been the strong point of vSphere and what we all fell in love with. VMware has always made sure to make improvements in this area and this version is no different. There are improvements in four major areas: High Availability (HA) Fault Tolerance (FT) [...]

18 10, 2016

What’s New in vSphere 6.5: VCSA Improvements

By | 2016-12-11T15:24:59+00:00 October 18th, 2016|vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere|0 Comments

Recently, VMware has been investing an enormous amount of effort into bringing vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) up to the same functionality as its Windows counterpart. vSphere 6.5 not only achieves that goal but also goes beyond it. In this article, I will explain what's new in VCSA and why its time now to exclusively deploy VCSA [...]

12 01, 2016

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

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:00+00:00 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 | 2016-12-11T15:25:00+00:00 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 | 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: Upgrade Considerations

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:01+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|vCenter, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|7 Comments

Chances are that unless you are an organisation new to vSphere or want an installation in the lab, you will be upgrading your existing vSphere infrastructure to the new vSphere 6.0 at some point in the future. As there are some design changes in this version, there are decision points that must be considered before [...]

2 02, 2015

vSphere 6: Platform Services Controller (PSC): Design Decisions

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

The vSphere development team has done a great job in maintaining the same look and feel when it comes to interface of the new vSphere 6.0. Of course, there are minor changes due to new features but if you've been using previous versions of vSphere, you'll have no trouble navigating through the new version. However, don't [...]

27 10, 2014

Easier Fix: Failed to deploy OVF package: The task was canceled by a user.

By | 2016-12-11T15:25:02+00:00 October 27th, 2014|vCenter, vCOPs, Virtualization, VMware, vSphere|8 Comments

While deploying a vCenter Operations Manager appliance a few days back, I was hit by the following error message (towards the end of its deployment): Failed to deploy OVF package: The task was canceled by a user. That was of course surprising given I didn't cancel the task. Thinking it might be a glitch, I [...]