Beware: Windows Server 2012 reboot loop after November or December 2019 SSU patch

In November and December 2019, Microsoft released a few new patches just like any other month to patch certain issues in Windows Server 2012. It has recently come to my attention that these patches seem to break Windows Server 2012 virtual machines! They appear to cause a reboot loop, which …

Round up virtual hard disk size

Quick post of something I ran into this week. When creating new VMs it makes sense to create disks that have a certain size in GB. But sometimes when migrating workload from one platform to another you might see some funky hard disk sizes like this.

Fixing this for …

Clearing ESXi System Event Log (SEL) via PowerCLI

We recently noticed some hosts in our environment that show an alert triggered by ‘Status of other host hardware objects’. Upon further investigation it turned out that this was caused by the system event log (SEL) that is about to run out of space. Now if you don’t mind not …

VMCI Sockets bug and missing MSR partition prevents VSS-aware backup (fixed)

Recently I had to do just that when a customer I recently on-boarded to our vSphere platform was having issues creating a VSS-aware backup. Even a quiesced snapshot command failed with an error. This issue took quite some time to investigate. And I was lucky enough to have a support …