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VMware: Console-setup, Configure or Troubleshoot the ESX Service Console

December 2nd, 2010 No comments

Oke.. I didn’t know this feature, last week a colleague consultant shows me a little menu to (re-)configure the ESX service console. With the command “console-setup” you can add or delete some vSwitches, create a new SC and view current configurations.

If you never worked with ESX CLI then will this a nice feature to setup/troubleshoot the SC.

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The option “Console-setup” is available since ESX 4.0 update 2

Menu structure:

When you console-setup as root from the service console, you are presented with this menu:

1. Show Current Service Consoles

2. Show Network Adapters

3. Show vSwitch/vDS Information

4. Delete Service Console

4.1 Select the interface to delete, defaults to vswif0

5. Configure Service Console

5.1 vswif ID, default to vswif0

5.2 Name of service console port group: default to “Service Console”

5.3 vSwitch for service console, default to vSwitch0

5.4 IP Address:

5.5 Subnet mask:

5.6 Default gateway:

5.7 VLAN ID: default to 0

5.8 vmnic to use for the service console

5.9 Save Changes

5.10 Return to Menu

6. Exit

Use:

  • Options 1,2 and 3 for display current information
  • Option 4 to remove an existing service console interface (vswif). You may also do this, if you want to recreate it.
  • Option 5 to change the configuration of an existing vswif interface, or for creating a new one.

 

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VMware: HP Management Agent “An active Virtual Machine [ IP] has been detected on host”

October 4th, 2010 3 comments

Today I was busy to to install some HP Managent Agents 8.60 on a DL380 G6, after entering the host in maintenance mode, extracting the HP software in the /tmp/ folder I was ready to install the agent. By running the command “./install860.sh –install” I received the warning that some VM’s still running and must be powered down before you install the agent, warning:

An active Virtual Machine [ ***.***.***.*** ] has been detected on host [*****.*****.local]

And:

Please modify the state of the VMs to be Suspended or powered off and then retry Agents Installation.

See full message log:

 

[root@********* 860]# ./install860vibs.sh –install

HP Insight Manager Agent 8.6.0-11 Installer for VMware ESX
Target System is VMware ESX 4.0.0 build-208167
Server:  ProLiant DL380 G6

This script will now attempt to set ESX Host in Maintenance Mode
for IM agents install.
Do you wish to continue? (y/n) y

(vim.fault.NotFound) {
   dynamicType = <unset>,
   faultCause = (vmodl.MethodFault) null,
   msg = "Unable to find a VM corresponding to "***.***.***.***"",
}
(vim.fault.NotFound) {
   dynamicType = <unset>,
   faultCause = (vmodl.MethodFault) null,
   msg = "Unable to find a VM corresponding to "***.***.***.***"",
}
An active Virtual Machine [ ***.***.***.*** ] has been detected on host [*****.*****.local]

The ESX host will be put into maintenance mode
   to be able to install/uninstall the agents.
The Virtual Machines must be either Powered off or Suspended
   by the operator to allow the transition
   of the ESX host into maintenance mode.
Please modify the state of the VMs to be Suspended or powered off
   and then retry Agents Installation.

[root@********* 860]#

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VMware: ESX and ESXi 4.1 Comparison

July 15th, 2010 1 comment

Capability

VMware ESX

VMware ESXi

Service Console

Service Console is a standard Linux environment through which a user has privileged access to the VMware ESX kernel. This Linux-based privileged access allows you to manage your environment by installing agents and drivers and executing scripts and other Linux-environment code.

VMware ESXi is designed to make the server a computing appliance. Accordingly, VMware ESXi behaves more like firmware than traditional software. VMware has created APIs through which monitoring and management tasks – traditionally done through Service Console agents – can be performed. VMware has provided remote scripting environments such as vCLI and PowerCLI to allow the remote execution of scripts and commands.

Tech Support Mode (TSM) provides a command-line interface that can be used by the administrator to troubleshoot and correct abnormal conditions on VMware ESXi hosts.

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VMware: How to downgrade VM hardware level 7 to 4

April 9th, 2010 5 comments

After some problems with my ESX 4.0 host I want to move some critical VM’s to my ESX 3.5 u4 host.. but my upgraded hardware level (7) is not compatible with my ESX 3.5 u5 host. The following is a step-by-step guide on how to perform this downgrade:

I want to downgrade my Windows 2008 64-bit with XenApp 6 with hardware level 7 to hardware level 4.

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Time to downgrade:

Download and start: VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0.1

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– Click: Convert Machine
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VMware: ESX 4.0 down after update: fsck.ext3: unable to resolve ‘uuid

March 29th, 2010 7 comments

After upgrading the VMware ESX 4.0 host with VMware Update Manager I received in the boot loader a few errors:

fsc.ext3: Unable to resolve ‘UUID=xxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx’
*** An error occurred during the file system check.
*** Dropping you to a shell; the system will reboot
*** when you leave the shell.

To resolve this issue:

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– Login with Root credentials

Error warnings:

fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve ‘UUID=7d6111a3-d848-4e18-88e3-46a66912f8e6’

fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve ‘UUID=b07fd5a0-4a19-445d-adae-3b3679b5be3b’

fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve ‘UUID=b2ac1406-2dc1-4d4a-8649-0072389978ab’

Edit file /var/fstab/ by using VI of NANO
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VMware: Creating a snapshot for a virtual machine fails with the error: File is larger than maximum file size supported (1012384)

February 4th, 2010 3 comments

When Creating a snapshot for a virtual machine fails

Or you receive the error:
File is larger than the maximum size supported by datastore

Note: This error does not occur on ESX 3.5 or earlier.

ESX 4.0 is able to detect when a snapshot file at maximum size cannot fit into a datastore. Instead of allowing the file to be created, which may not work correctly if it grows to big, ESX cancels the operation and displays the above error.

To confirm if the snapshot files may be too big, compare the size of the virtual machine’s base disks against the block size of the datastore which contains the virtual machine’s working directory.

Note: If you are using Raw Device Map, you should compare the size of the RDMs instead of the base disks.

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VMware: The SVGA II driver can Freeze Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7

January 26th, 2010 No comments

Carlo Costanzo from VMwareInfo.com has posted the following helpful article:

The SVGA II driver installed by VMware Tools doesn’t work with 2008 R2 or Windows 7.  Console sessions will randomly lockup.

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/218244?start=105&amp;tstart=0

According to the thread there is a WDDM driver in U1 that you can install manually to fix the problem by browsing to –

C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video

A good one 🙂

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VMware: ALERT: Upgrading ESX 4.0 to 4.0 U1 using Update Manager fails or times out and rebooting the host results in a purple diagnostic screen Symptoms (1016070)

November 26th, 2009 No comments

When attempting to upgrade ESX 4.0 to ESX 4.0 Update 1, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Update Manager (VUM) upgrade operation fails or times out at 33%.
  • Upon reboot, the host that was being upgraded displays a purple diagnostic screen with the following error:
    COS Panic: Int3 @ mp_register_ioapic  

Customers using VMware vSphere 4 upgrading to Update 1 with 3rd party management agents running.
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VMware: Performance Evaluation of VMXNET3 Virtual Network Device

September 22nd, 2009 No comments

vSphere 4.0 introduces a new para-virtualized network device – VMXNET3.  We recently published a paper demonstrating its performance characteristics, compared to that of enhanced VMXNET2 (the previous generation of high performance virtual network device from VMware).

Some highlights of this paper are:

(1) Throughput gains of up to 92% for 10G TCP/IPv4 Rx workloads with large socket buffer, which greatly improves bulk data transfer performance in a data center environment.

(2) Dramatic gains across all configurations of IPv6 traffic, with significant CPU usage reduction and throughput improvement over enhanced VMXNET2.
In a nutshell, VMXNET3 offers performance on par with or better than its predecessors on both Windows and Linux guests. Both the driver and the device have been highly tuned to perform better on modern systems.  Furthermore, VMXNET3 introduces new features and enhancements, such as TSO6 and RSS. TSO6 makes it especially useful for users deploying applications that deal with IPv6 traffic, while RSS is helpful for deployments requiring high scalability.  Moving forward, to keep pace with an ever-increasing demand for network bandwidth, we recommend customers migrate to VMXNET3.
For more details, please read our full paper from here.

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