HomeLab Stage XLV: New Monster Workstation -…

HomeLab Stage XLV: New Monster Workstation – VCDX #181 Marc Huppert

HomeLab Stage XLV: New Monster Workstation -…

After completing the last Stage XLIV: DC2 Redesign: It was time to write a post about my new Custom Power Workstation. I decided to build the system completely from scratch with high performance in mind. It started with an old Apple Mac Pro G5 case in my garage […]


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vLCM Remediation update fails for possibly…

vLCM Remediation update fails for possibly transient reasons

vLCM Remediation update fails for possibly…

HPE customers using vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) to manage ESXi, vendor addon components, and firmware might see the following error when upgrading from vSphere 7 to 7 Update 1. This will happen if during the remediation precheck, vLCM discovers the service required to stage, deploy updates and reboot the server (iSUT) is either not started The post vLCM Remediation update fails for possibly transient reasons appeared first on Virtual Blocks.


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Feature Fridays Episode 24 – Monetizing…

Feature Fridays Episode 24 – Monetizing vRealize Operations

Feature Fridays Episode 24 – Monetizing…

Welcome to Episode 24! As you know each week we will release a new video covering a different topic in more depth. The content will be mostly technical but will also cover services that are feasible with the features. Keep an eye out on this blog site to see when a new video is released.


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How to Import and Export vLCM Data

How to Import and Export vLCM Data

How to Import and Export vLCM Data

This video details some tips and tricks on how to use the import and export options within vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) to use a specific desired state configuration for multiple clusters… or to export an ISO that can be used to image new hosts.


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Monitor vCLS in Skyline Health

Monitor vCLS in Skyline Health

Monitor vCLS in Skyline Health

The new vSphere Clustering Services (vCLS) feature is introducted in vSphere 7 Update 1, to create a de-coupled control-plane for the vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) feature. Skyline Health helps to monitor the health of the vCLS agent VMs. By default, there are 3 lightweight agent VM’s spun up per cluster. When selecting the vCenter Server instance in the vSphere


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vSphere HA reporting not enough failover resources fault with stretched cluster …

vSphere HA reporting not enough failover…

Last few months I had a couple of customers asking why vSphere HA was reporting “not enough failover resources” fault in a stretched cluster failure scenario for virtual machines that are still up and running. Now before I explain why, let’s paint a picture first to make it clear what is […]


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Systems Thinking with Pivotal Act: A Tool for…

Systems Thinking with Pivotal Act: A Tool for Every Software Project

Systems Thinking with Pivotal Act: A Tool for…

A system is not just a collection of things. In the words of systems thought leader Donella Meadows, it is “an interconnected set of elements that is coherently organized in a way that achieves something.” Put another way, a system has elements, relationships, and a purpose. What, then, is systems thinking? It is a holistic approach to analysis that takes all of these constituent parts into account for decision-making. A systems thinker does not just observe events and actors (the parts that…Read More


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Quick Tip – Easily identify source DHCP server…

Quick Tip – Easily identify source DHCP server using ESXi DCUI

Quick Tip – Easily identify source DHCP server…

While installing the ESXi 7.0 Update 1 on one of my physical system, I happened to be in the “Configure Management Network” section of the ESXi Direct Console UI (DCUI) and noticed something I had never seen before. As shown in the screenshot, it now shows the IP Address of the DHCP server in which […]


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Fusion 12.1 Now Shipping

Fusion 12.1 Now Shipping

Fusion 12.1 Now Shipping

Hot off the heels of macOS 11 Big Sur’s public release, today we’ve shipped an update to Fusion which addresses some compatibility issues, bring performance improvements, and even introduces some new features. For starters, we’ve enabled Nested / VT-X support for Macs that […]


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How to login to the vCLS VMs!?

How to login to the vCLS VMs!?

How to login to the vCLS VMs!?

I was asked this question this week, how you can login to the vCLS VMs. Now before I share the video, I want to mention that I do not encourage people doing this, but as it is documented and supported I do want to provide a simple “how to” for how this works. If you […]


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How to: Upgrade an IBM LSI based raid…

How to: Upgrade an IBM LSI based raid controller firmware in a non-IBM systems

How to: Upgrade an IBM LSI based raid…

After executing the firmware upgrade package, it throws the error “Package and System Mismatch”, “Update failed”…“Update is not meant for this system”. My ‘use case’ was relevant to upgrading firmware of “IBM ServerRaid M5110” on a non-IBM server i.e. Supermicro X10DRi, but this process could […]


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Adobe Flash Player End-of-Life and VMware Horizon

Adobe Flash Player End-of-Life and VMware Horizon

Adobe Flash Player End-of-Life and VMware Horizon

This post, Adobe Flash Player End-of-Life and VMware Horizon, originally appeared on the VMware Digital Workspace Tech Zone Blog. Adobe Flash Player will stop working on January 1, 2021. For those of you who have perhaps missed this, you can read about the Flash end-of-life on Adobe’s website […]


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Customizing VMware Skyline Alert Definitions in…

Customizing VMware Skyline Alert Definitions in vRealize Operations Cloud

Customizing VMware Skyline Alert Definitions in…

The last of four videos that show how VMware Skyline and vRealize Operations Cloud work better together. The video shows how you can alleviate “Alert fatigue” by adding automated remediation to Skyline-specific Alerts in vRealize Operations Cloud.


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An Introduction to Backup and Restore in…

An Introduction to Backup and Restore in vRealize Network Insight 6.0

An Introduction to Backup and Restore in…

A solid backup system is one of the key elements for every organization to be prepared ahead of any disaster. vRealize Network Insight 6.0 introduces a new framework to support backup and restore of all on-premises vRNI deployments.


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HomeLab Stage: XLIII Operation SSL – VCDX…

HomeLab Stage: XLIII Operation SSL – VCDX #181 Marc Huppert

HomeLab Stage: XLIII Operation SSL – VCDX…

After completing the last Stage XXXXII: Monster NAS, I wanted to secure my environment a little bit more. The plan was to replace all Self-Signed SSL certificates with CA trusted ones. I would have never expect the amount of work […]


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What’s new in vSphere 7 U1 (For Data Protection)

What’s new in vSphere 7 U1 (For Data Protection)

What’s new in vSphere 7 U1 (For Data Protection)

With the release of vSphere 7 Update 1, a number of improvements have come to backing up virtual machines. VMware’s powerful APIs allow for fast, efficient backup and restore operations of virtual machines. Network QoS for Backup Traffic A new dedicated resource pool is been introduced […]


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Introducing VMware Blockchain: The…

Introducing VMware Blockchain: The Enterprise-grade Blockchain Platform

Introducing VMware Blockchain: The…

VMware Blockchain is now available! Today, we announce the initial availability of VMware Blockchain. Building upon the heritage of VMware’s enterprise digital foundation for any app, on any device, and on any cloud, we now provide an enterprise-grade blockchain platform that meets the needs […]


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How to build a customizable Raspberry Pi OS…

How to build a customizable Raspberry Pi OS Virtual Appliance (OVA)?

How to build a customizable Raspberry Pi OS…

After posting the instructions on how to install Raspberry Pi (rPI) OS into a Virtual Machine running on ESXi-Arm, I was already thinking about an easier consumption method that not only benefited VMware customers interested in running rPI OS as a VM but also the larger rPI OS development […]


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