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VMware: Upgrade vCenter Server 5.5 to 6.0

March 29th, 2015 No comments

Last week I upgraded VMware vCenter 5.5 server (based Windows 2012R2) at the company environment I work for, the upgrade was very simple.

Pre-install: Please check article “Minimum requirements for the VMware vCenter Server 6.x Appliance (2106572)

 
Installation process

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- Select: Install

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[VMware] Could not start VMX: msg.vmk.status.VMK_NO_MEMORY

March 29th, 2015 2 comments

Last week I had some issues with starting virtual machines on vSphere 5.5 hosts, when I try to start up the VM I receive message:

Could not start VMX: msg.vmk.status.VMK_NO_MEMORY”

An error was received from the ESX host while powering on VM [name]
Head globalCartel-1 already at its maximum size of 7869288. Cannot expand
Could not start VMX: msg.vmk.status.VMK_NO_MEMORY

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Cause

This issue is caused by a memory leak in the driver which fills the SWAP memory of the ESXi host, making it unable to response to any requests at all. This issue occurs with ESXi hosts running on HP hardware with these versions of AMS:

  • hp-ams 500.9.6.0-12.434156
  • hp-ams-550.9.6.0-12.1198610
  • hp-ams 500.10.0.0-18.434156
  • hp-ams-550.10.0.0-18.1198610


Solution

This is a known issue affecting ESXi 5.x. To resolve this issue, upgrade to AMS version 10.0.1.

For ESXi 5.0 and 5.1, see:

For ESXi 5.5, see:

 

Note: In some cases, commands running on the ESXi host fails with cant’t fork.  In this case the virtual machines running on the ESXi host needs to be powered off and the ESXi host rebooted. To verify the installed versions of AMS, run this command:

esxcli software vib list | grep ams

To remove the package on all hosts running on these AMS versions:

  1. Log in to the host using SSH. For more information, see Using ESXi Shell in ESXi 5.x and 6.0 (2004746).
  2. Run this command to stop the HP service (does not persist on reboot):
    /etc/init.d/hp-ams.sh stop
  3. Run this command to remove the VIB:
    esxcli software vib remove -n hp-ams
  4. Reboot the host.
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VMware: VMUG Event 2015 – Agenda

February 26th, 2015 No comments

08.30-09.30

Registratie & Welkom

09.30-10.25

Opening & VMware Keynote: Joe Baguley, CTO EMEA VMware

Limousin 1

Limousin 2

Limousin 3

Dexter 11-14

10.30-11.10

Simplivity

Micro-Segmentation & Security: Geordy Korte, VMware

What does this button do? “The power of Automation” Christiaan Roeleveld & Dennis Hoegen Dijkhof, ITQ

Building a Hybrid Cloud with VMware vCloud: René Bos

11.15-11.30

Koffiepauze

11.30-12.10

Cisco

Real-time applicatie delivery met AppVolumes: Ton Hermes, VMware

vRA Advanced Service Designer Deep Dive: Viktor van den Berg, PQR

SDDC for the VMware minded: Erik Zandboer, EMC

12.15-12.55

Nutanix

vSphere 6 Technical Core: Rob Groenhuis, VMware

vSphere 6.0 VDI en NVIDIA GRID: Ruben Spruijt, PQR

Applicatie distributie in 5 minuten: Marko Elderson, Roel van Bueren & Kevin van Gool, Netflex

12.55-13.45

Lunch

13.45-14.25

Keynote: Joseph Oubelkas

14.30-15.10

Veeam

Introductie in VMware Automation & Orchestration: Erik Scholten, VMware

VMware <> Microsoft: Let’s Look beyond the war on checkbox compliancy: Kenneth van Surksum & Marnix Wolf, Insight24

NSX Bootcamp: Geordy Korte, VMware

15.15-15.45

Koffiepauze

15.45-16.25

VMware vCloud Air: Bouwsteen voor de Hybrid Cloud: Martijn Baecke, VMware

Deepdive VSAN and Virtual Volumes: Jan Smit, VMware

VMware User Environment Management (acquisitie van Immidio Flex+ UEM): Pim van de Vis, Immidio

16.30-17.15

Receptie

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VMware: Yeeaaahhh vExpert 2015!!

February 5th, 2015 1 comment

This year’s vExperts 2015 were announced! Check it out. I’ve been honored again 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as a vExpert this year. Great thanks to VMware and vExpert team behind the program!

It’s Correy Romero who announced the news on the VMTN blog, here is the full list of lucky people for vExperts 2015.

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VMware: What’s new in vSphere 6.0

February 3rd, 2015 No comments

Install & Upgrade

  • Enhanced Install and Upgrade Capabilities – Windows vCenter installation experience has been enhanced with additional capabilities including custom ports, custom paths, uninstall and error messaging improvements. Furthermore, all upgrade paths from Windows vCenter 5.0 and up are now supported. vCenter Server Appliance now has a guided installer. Separate ISOs and scripted installation for both vCenter Server for Windows and vCSA reduce the overall download time and improve automation capabilities respectively.

Compute

  • Expanded Support for New Hardware, Architectures, and Guest Operating Systems – Expanded support for the latest x86 chip sets, devices and drivers. Added support for FreeBSD 10.0 and Asianux 4 SP3 guest operating systems.
  • Increased Scalability – Increased configuration maximums in vSphere 6: Cluster maximums have increased to support up to 64 nodes and 6,000 VMs. Virtual Machines will support up to 128 vCPUs and 4TB vRAM and Hosts will support up to 480 physical CPUs, 12 TB RAM, 64 TB datastores, 1000 VMs and 32 Serial Ports. Increased support for virtual graphics including Nvidia GPU.
  • Instant Clone – Technology built in vSphere 6 that lays that foundation to rapidly clone and deploy virtual machines, as much as 10x faster than what is currently possible today.
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VMware: Upgrade vSphere ESXi 5.5 u2 to ESXi 6.0

February 3rd, 2015 No comments
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VMware: Install VMware vCenter Server 6.0.0

February 3rd, 2015 No comments

VMware: Inschrijving geopend – 19 maart 2015 – VMUG Den Bosch

January 26th, 2015 No comments

Op 19 maart vindt het NLVMUG event 2015 plaats in Den Bosch. De NLVMUG volunteers willen je hier graag voor uitnodigen. Er wordt een gevarieerd programma voorbereid met keynote sessies en verschillende tracks met top sprekers.

We kunnen al een tipje van de sluier oplichten over een zeer interessante spreker die over zal komen uit de UK: VMware’s Chief Technology Officer EMEA Joe Baguley. Binnen de Cloud Community wordt Joe gezien als één van de meest invloedrijke personen in Europa (quote Computer Weekly UKtech50).

De volledige agenda zal binnenkort online beschikbaar zijn op http://www.nlvmug.com. Schrijf je nu in voor het NLVMUG event 2015, het inschrijfformulier is hier beschikbaar. Deelname aan de NLVMUG kost 49,00 euro excl BTW.

Datum:
Donderdag, 19 maart 2015
Event tijden:
9:30–17:30

Locatie:
1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen
Oude Engelenseweg 1
5222 AA ’s-Hertogenbosch

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VMware: Host IPMI System Event Log Status alarm is triggered repeatedly in VMware vCenter Server

January 22nd, 2015 2 comments

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Solution

To resolve this issue, stop the alarm from triggering repeatedly and clear the IPMI System Event.log file and reset the sensors.

To clear the IPMI System Event.log file and reset the sensors:

  1. Open vCenter Server using vSphere Client.
  2. In the vCenter Inventory, select the ESXi/ESX host.
  3. Click the Hardware Status tab.
  4. Click System Event log under View.
  5. Click Reset Event Log. The red alert is removed from the System Event log.
  6. Click Reset Sensors to reset the host sensors.

Introduced in ESXi 5.1 Update 2 (Build Number: 1483097) and ESXi 5.5 Patch 1 (Build Number:  1474528), there is a new localcli command line to clear the IPMI SEL logs:

localcli hardware ipmi sel clear

To run localcli command on the ESXi 5.1 or 5.5 host:

  1. Connect to the ESXi host via SSH. For more information, see Using Tech Support Mode in ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.x (1017910).
  2. Run this command:
  3. localcli hardware ipmi sel clear

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